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Montana seeks comments on proposed wildlife management area

September 26, 2011

Public comments are being sought on a proposal by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to purchase 3,594 acres for a new Wildlife Management Area north of Drummond, as well as a conservation easement on 1,957 adjacent acres.

What state officials are hoping will become the Douglas Creek...

EIS released for removal of Klamath dams in Oregon, California

September 22, 2011

The long-awaited environmental impact statement from the Interior Department says removing four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon would help boost salmon runs in a river marked by poor water quality and fish disease.

It also would create jobs in a region...

Conservation project looks to achieve coexistence with wolves

September 22, 2011

When Tatjana Rosen arrived in the Big Hole Valley in southwestern Montana, she was seen as an outsider. Her European accent was a giveaway. As a wildlife conservationist, her motive for being there drew suspicion.

But over the past year, Rosen and a team of Big Hole Valley ranchers have...

BLM head assures Missouri Breaks Monument stakeholders

September 20, 2011

Bob Abbey, the director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, was as blunt as he could be at a small gathering of Montana livestock producers here Monday.

"We're not here to screw you over," Abbey said. "We're not here to create surprises."

The meeting followed a 43-mile boat ride...

National forest in Utah, turkey group strike timber deal

September 20, 2011

Dixie National Forest is going to allow the National Wild Turkey Federation to cut timber commercially and use any proceeds to help improve forest lands.

Kenton Call, spokesman for the forest located in southern Utah, said the agreement will create the largest stewardship program...

Senate plan mixes wilderness, timber harvests in bid to rescue Mont. ecosystem

September 19, 2011

Lodgepole pine trees have seen better days in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

The 3.3-million-acre forest in southwest Montana has suffered one of the worst infestations of mountain pine beetle in the Northern Rockies.

More than half the trees in the forest's Boulder...

Private-public partnership turns Colo. mine into grassy slope

September 12, 2011

Taking root at the toxic Hope Mine reclamation site near Aspen are tall grasses and signs of growth that have the organizations behind the cleanup project excited. Before the recent environmental work, the area was a toxic, barren slope.

The reclamation of the slope, south of Aspen in the...

Idaho sage grouse working group seeks comments on habitat plan

September 12, 2011

A local group of biologists, landowners and others has moved one step closer to preserving sage grouse habitat.

The North Magic Valley Local Working Group has released the draft of its sage grouse conservation plan. The group has worked on the plan for four years.

The group will...

'Green strip' project works as planned in slowing Utah wildfire

September 6, 2011

A pilot project used widely in the Promontory area of Box Elder County is proving successful in the wake of a 5,000-acre lightning caused fire burning on private rangeland.

Green strips are swaths of trenched ground where native seeds and vegetation have been planted that retain their...

Deal with Montana ranchers will keep creek running year-round

September 2, 2011

Racetrack Creek got a new lease on life thanks to a Deer Lodge rancher's decision to switch from flood to sprinkler irrigation.

The tributary creek to the Clark Fork River had run dry most summers as croplands soaked up the available water in the drainage. This week, ranchers Rick and...

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