Monday, September 17, 2012

The Rockies Today, Sept. 17

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Report assesses wildfire risk in Western states, cities
CoreLogic released a report that assessed the wildfire risk to property in 13 states, including Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado and Utah, in the Western United States that found 2,000 homes in Wyoming were at high risk from wildfires.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 17

Declining moose populations in Montana, Wyoming under investigation
Moose populations in Montana and Wyoming, as well as Michigan and other states, are in a freefall, and some researchers say a changing climate may be the culprit.
Billings Gazette; Sept. 17

Revised travel plan to move forward on Montana's Blacktail Mountain
The U.S. Forest Service agreed to a phased-in approach on its Island Unit Trail System Additions Project in the Flathead National Forest, which adds miles of motorized trails to Blacktail Mountain in Montana, and agreed to drop a stretch of the lowest elevation motorized trail nearest homes, and Wildlands CPR, along with other appellants, agreed to drop the appeal of the plan.
Flathead Beacon; Sept. 15

Montana wind project adds another 189 megawatts to the grid
NaturEner USA's 189-megawatt Rim Rock Wind Farm between Shelby and Cut Bank in Montana is now online.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 15

BLM approves 95-mile natural-gas pipeline in Colorado, Utah
Bureau of Land Management officials said the Western Expansion Project II pipeline, which will stretch 95 miles across western Colorado and eastern Utah will help alleviate capacity limits, and with construction expected to begin by the end of the year, the pipeline is expected to go online by late summer next year.
Grand Junction Sentinel; Sept. 14

Canada's environment minister announces overhaul of species protection law
Late last week, Environment Minister Peter Kent said Canada's 10-year-old Species At Risk Act will be revised, with recovery plans to focus on ecosystems, rather than just particular species.
Toronto Globe and Mail (Canadian Press); Sept. 15

Wyoming reports brisk sales of wolf tags
Friday was the first day that licenses to hunt wolves were sold in Wyoming, and by 3:30 p.m. that day, 439 had sold, with most sold in the northwest corner of the state where wolves are classified as trophy animals.
Jackson Hole Daily; Sept. 15

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