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Sen. Udall seeking community support for possible new national monument

April 1, 2013

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is once again exploring the possibility of designating a new national monument in a picturesque central Colorado canyon straddling the Arkansas River.

Udall today released a draft bill that proposes to establish the 22,000-acre Browns Canyon National Monument in...

State Senate to consider Idaho's demand for federal land

April 1, 2013

The full state Senate will consider a measure demanding that the federal government cede millions of acres of public forests, backcountry and rangeland to Idaho, on grounds the state can manage it better.

After House Republicans followed his lead, Rep. Lawerence Denney of Midvale on...

Tenacious drought sparks conflict over the Rio Grande

April 1, 2013

As it heads into what may be one of its most severe drought years on record, Texas is locked in tense negotiations with its neighbors to the north and south over allocations of the Rio Grande.

Two agreements have been called into question -- the Rio Grande Compact, which allocates water...

With drought season off to a bad start, scientists forecast another bleak year

April 1, 2013

Drought conditions in more than half of the United States have slipped into a pattern that climatologists say is uncomfortably similar to the most severe droughts in recent U.S. history, including the 1930s Dust Bowl and the widespread 1950s drought.

The 2013 drought season is already off...

New Mexico farmers seek ‘Priority Call’ as drought persists

April 1, 2013

Just after the local water board announced this month that its farmers would get only one-tenth of their normal water allotment this year, Ronnie Walterscheid, 53, stood up and called on his elected representatives to declare a water war on their upstream neighbors. “It’s always been about us...

Water a life-and-death issue for Utah's Snake Valley

March 29, 2013

The Snake Valley doesn’t have a lot of trees. Looking across this expanse bordered by some of Nevada’s highest mountains, it’s not hard to see where the earth gives up its groundwater. Look for trees and willows.

This life-giving stream emerges from the same hidden resource Las Vegas...

USFS signs legacy air tanker contracts to combat wildfires

March 29, 2013

The Forest Service today said it has awarded contracts to two companies for exclusive access to several large air tankers to help it fight wildfires this year.

The eight air tankers, which have been used for years and, in some cases, decades, will join a fleet of hundreds of helicopters...

Weather woes weigh heavily as USDA takes first look at 2013 crops

March 29, 2013

From May to October last year, north-central Iowa farmer April Hemmes saw a total of 5 inches of rain fall on her 1,000-acre corn and soybean farm.

But although she usually sees 23 inches fall during a growing season, her acres still flourished, each yielding about 168 bushels and selling...

Subdivision proposed for private plot in Bridger-Teton NF

March 29, 2013

Critics are bashing a proposed 29-home subdivision on 73 acres in the middle of the Bridger-Teton National Forest along the Greys River as fundamentally inconsistent with the landscape.

Developer Dan Schwab has proposed a master plan for the BlindBull Meadows development, 25 miles...

USFS finalizes rule to speed logging decisions

March 29, 2013

The Forest Service today released a final rule designed to accelerate the approval of timber sales, restoration projects and other activities on the agency's 193 million acres of forests and grasslands.

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said the new rule will result in better decisions and...

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