U. of Wyoming wildfire study challenges USFS's policy
The University of Wyoming's study of wildfires in Colorado, Oregon and Arizona dating back to the mid-1800's found that forests in those states were more dense than previously believed, and that high-severity wildfires occurred as often in the past as they do now, a finding that raises concerns that the current policy of fuel reduction activities in Western forests may actually increase the severity of wildfires.
Reno Gazette-Journal (AP); July 21
Vehicle kills a third of bighorn sheep lambs in Montana herd
The lower Rock Creek herd of bighorn sheep is struggling, with pneumonia killing half the herd two years ago, and this year, a truck struck and killed seven lambs, a third of the herd's reproduction, earlier this year.
Missoulian; July 23
SUWA launches ad campaign against Utah governor's 'land grab'
The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance has begun an ad campaign against Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's plan to wrest control of 30 million acres of federal lands in the state.
Deseret News; July 23
Utah legislator fights federal government, solicits federal funding
Rep. Mike Noel is no fan of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Utah Republican is an enthusiastic supporter of a campaign to put federal lands in the Beehive State under state control, but in his role as executive director of the Kane County Water Conservancy District, Noel has successfully lobbied millions of dollars of federal funding for water projects, including $10 million for Zion View Mountain Estates, a summertime-only subdivision near Zion National Park.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 23
Two decades later, former foe of Idaho salmon recovery plan a fan
The Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Program, instituted by the federal and Idaho government, is now 20 years old, and Don Olson, a rancher in the Lemhi River valley, who formerly opposed the project, is now one of its most stalwart supporters.
Idaho Statesman; July 23
Tour of Alberta oilsands operations shocks, saddens B.C. First Nation leaders
Councillors from three British Columbia First Nations whose traditional territories would be affected by the Northern Gateway pipeline planned to move oil from Alberta's oilsands operations to B.C. coastal ports took a tour of oilsands country and said they were amazed by the immensity of those operations.
Edmonton Journal; July 23
B.C. to release proposed requirements today for Northern Gateway pipeline
Environment Minister Terry Lake and Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Mary Polak will release technical reports today on conditions British Columbia is considering for Enbridge, Inc. to meet before the company can build its Northern Gateway pipeline across the province.
Vancouver Sun; July 23
University of Wyoming wins record $20-million grant to study water
The National Science Foundation awarded the University of Wyoming a five-year, $20-million grant to study the state's surface and sub-surface water.
Casper Star-Tribune; July 22
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