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Water trickles through West's entire economy
A drier West and declining flows in the Colorado River is a concern across the West, and in Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert said ensuring his state has water available for farms, energy operations and development is a priority for him. The first of the Deseret News' three-part series on the Colorado River.
Deseret News; May 13
USFS takes steps to adjust to a warming climate
The U.S. Forest Service has a comprehensive plan to address the changing climate that includes planting some species, like the yellow cedar in Alaska, at higher elevations, and along rivers to help lower water temperatures.
Washington Post; May 11
USGS scientists monitoring Colorado streams to gauge wildfire's effect
In the aftermath of the 2010 Fourmile Fire that burned 6,000 acres in the canyons near Boulder, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey set up monitoring stations along Fourmile Creek to get information about the fire's effect on the Colorado watershed, and the findings of the study will be released this summer at a conference in Canada.
Boulder Daily Camera; May 13
Montana FWP's open houses on bison plan begin tonight in Missoula
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is launching a three-year analysis of a proposed plan to manage free-ranging bison in the state, and part of that process is a series of open houses and public scoping meetings, which begin tonight at 6 p.m. in Missoula and end May 24 in Bozeman.
Missoulian; May 13
USFS tests explosives to bring down beetle-killed trees
Foresters in Colorado and British Columbia have used explosives to bring down trees killed by pine beetles, and now the U.S. Forest Service is testing the method in Montana.
Missoulian; May 14
Colorado, Wyoming, Utah counties criticize BLM's revised oilshale plans
Four counties in Colorado—Rio Blanco, Mesa, Garfield and Moffat—joined three Utah and two Wyoming counties in signing a joint resolution asking the Bureau of Land Management to leave an oilshale research and development plan developed during the Bush administration in place, and to not adopt a new plan that sharply decreases the acres available for that research in those three states.
Denver Post; May 14
Federal rules on hydraulic fracturing will cover most operations in Montana
Montana has its own set of regulations on hydraulic fracturing, and oil and gas companies operating in the Big Sky State said the regulations proposed by the federal government on the drilling method are an unnecessary, redundant burden on operations, while environmental groups said the federal rule doesn't go far enough.
Great Falls Tribune; May 13
Statistics Canada: Alberta leads nation in jobs growth
In the year that ended in April, 10,700 jobs had been created in Alberta, putting that province first in Canada in new jobs.
Calgary Herald; May 11
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