Monday, October 17, 2011

The Rockies Today, Oct. 17

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 8:55 AM

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Group charges Canada's plan for woodland caribou does too little
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society will release a report card today giving the federal government an "F" on its management plan for the nation's 57 caribou herds that sets the threshhold for ensuring a "60 per cent probability of survival" for the country's iconic species.
Vancouver Sun (PostMedia News); Oct. 17

Idaho wineries a growth industry
While Idaho isn't in the same league as California, Washington and Oregon when it comes to wine production, the industry is growing and in Southwest Idaho there are enough wineries to make it a weekend destination.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 17

Elouise Cobell, leader in Indian trust class action, dies at 65
The Blackfeet woman who led the class action lawsuit against the federal government over mismanagement of lands held in trust for Native Americans, Elouise Cobell, died Sunday in Montana.
Great Falls Tribune; Oct. 17

Montana wilderness legislation inserted into federal spending bill
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's Forest Jobs and Recreation Act that would designate about one million acres of new wilderness and recreation areas in Montana was attached to the appropriation bill that provides funding for the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs and U.S. Forest Service wildland fire management.
Missoulian; Oct. 15

Pine beetles take a bite out of national park in Alberta
Mountain pine beetles that has killed millions of acres of trees in British Columbia has made their way to the east slope of the Rockies in Alberta and into Jasper National Park, where fire officials are concerned that if the province doesn't get cold enough weather to kill the bugs, the landscape of the park will change significantly, and if a fire starts, it could put the community of Jasper at great risk.
Edmonton Journal; Oct. 17

B.C.'s 2010 record of softwood lumber shipments to China falls
British Columbia set a new record of softwood lumber exports to China in 2010, but that record fell by the end of August this year, with $746-million in shipments made in the first eight months of 2011, eclipsing the $687 million shipped last year.
Vancouver Sun; Oct. 17

Developers of Wyoming transmission projects applaud federal plan
The developers of the TransWest Express and Gateway West transmission line projects, both of which originate in Wyoming, said the federal government's decision to streamline and expedite the permitting and construction of those projects was welcome news.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 17

Daily Camera ferrets out the facts in Boulder's utility quest
The Boulder Daily Camera examines claims made by both the Colorado city and Xcel Energy in the debate about Boulder forming its own municipal utility.
Boulder Daily Camera; Oct. 17

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