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Public, private CO2 sequestration projects under way in Montana
At the annual Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership conference in Great Falls this week, Montana State University reported on its planned carbon sequestration project and a California company has leased more than 130,000 acres in northeastern Montana for its project.
Great Falls Tribune; April 20
BLM to review Madeleine Pickens' wild-horse sanctuary plan in Nevada
The Bureau of Land Management announced that it would conduct a two-year environmental assessment of a proposal by Madeleine Pickens and her nonprofit group, Saving America's Mustangs, to create a wild horse sanctuary on 80,000 acres of primarily public lands in Nevada.
Denver Post (AP); April 20
Jury awards ranchers $730K for backfire set by Montana fire crews
Backfires set to combat the 2000 Ryan Gulch wildfire burned about 900 acres of a Drummond-area ranch and a jury awarded the Weaver family $730,000 against the state of Montana for losses caused by those backfires.
Missoulian; April 20
Nine parties file notices to sue Colorado over Lower North Fork wildfire
Nine notices of intent to sue have been filed against Colorado over damages incurred in the Lower North Fork wildfire that killed three people, burned 1,400 acres and destroyed 26 homes in March.
Denver Post; April 20
Wyoming National Guard runs aerial firefighting drills
With water standing in for fire retardant, the Wyoming National Guard is putting C-130 transport planes through the paces of aerial firefighting in preparation for what could be a rough wildfire season in the West.
Casper Star-Tribune;< April 20
Colorado panel delivers bad news, good news to water managers
At the Colorado Water Availability Task Force's meeting in Denver on Wednesday, the bad news was that the state's meager snowpack was melting away under warmer-than-normal temperatures, driving the drought index to somewhere between moderate and severe over most of the state, and the good news was that better-than-average snowfall last year filled reservoirs to healthy levels.
Vail Daily; April 20
NPS retreats from plan to ban guided rock climbs in Colorado park
After U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet of Colorado added their voices to the chorus of opposition against the National Park Service's plan to ban guided rock climbs in Colorado's Black Canyon of the Gunnison, the Park Service announced it would not pursue the ban.
Denver Post; April 20
Colorado plant begins churning out oilfield housing
PTI Group USA, an Alberta subsidiary of a Texas company began manufacturing housing at a former Barvista Homes manufacturing plant in Colorado for oilfield workers in Montana, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, North and South Dakota and Texas, with the first unit rolling out of the plant near Loveland on Wednesday.
Denver Post (Loveland Reporter-Herald); April 20
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