As grizzly bears fan out in Montana, more electic fences go up
Twenty-five years ago, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks promoted the use of electric fences to keep grizzly bears away from bee yards, and today there are 58 electric fences protecting a smorgasbord of sites attractive to bears on Montana's Rocky Mountain Front, and with bears expanding their range beyond the front, more fences are going up.
Great Falls Tribune; Aug. 5
Montana State U. researcher tries a new fungus to create fuel
Gary Strobel, a scientist who has taught at Montana State University for 50 years, is challenging conventional wisdom on how fossil fuel resources were created, and is combining a fungus from a lime tree in Florida with sycamore, aspen and maple trees in a device that resembles a pressure cooker to make fuel, a project that has snared the endorsement and funding of etrepreneur Bryan Blatt, who launched a new company called Endophytics at MSU's Innovation Campus.
Billings Gazette (AP); Aug. 5
Study in Montana tests effectiveness of dogs to deter wolves, grizzlies
The National Wildlife Research Center, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services in Utah, has provided $80,000 to study the use of different breeds of dogs to keep wolves and grizzly bears away from livestock in Montana, including Kangals, a long-legged Turkish breed.
Great Falls Tribune; Aug. 5
Yellowstone National Park recovers from 1988 wildfires
It's been 25 years since 800,000 acres of Yellowstone National Park burned, and the Billings Gazette offers photographs of how the landscape has changed in the park since the fires of 1988.
Billings Gazette; Aug. 5
USGS interactive map tracks U.S. water flows
The U.S. Geological Survey's Streamer site offers interactive water maps allow users to track where the water comes from and where it flows, from a watershed level down to small, unnamed creeks.
Missoulian; Aug. 5
Destructive wildfire in 2003 drove policy changes in Canada
The 2003 wildfire season in Alberta and British Columbia was a particularly brutal one where more than $1 billion was spent fighting fires that burned hundreds of homes, after which Canada adopted a national wildland fire strategy in 2005.
Edmonton Journal (Calgary Herald); Aug. 5
U.S. House committee advances 3 bills of Wyoming congresswoman
Wyoming U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis was a co-sponsor on two bills advanced by the House Natural Resources Committee: H.R. 2728, the Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act, which would prohibit the Bureau of Land Management from regulating hydraulic fracturing in states that already regulate the drilling process, and H.R. 1526, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, which extends funding for the Secure Rural Schools program, among other things, and the committee also passed Lummis' H.R. 1684, the Ranch A Consolidation and Management Improvement Act, which would transfer 10 acres of federal lands to the state.
Casper Star-Tribune; Aug. 5
Proposed federal food-safety rules prompt changes at Idaho farm
The federal government is proposing a raft of regulations to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act passed in 2011, and in Idaho, Judd McMahon, the owner of Wood River Organics, has already put a documentation process in place that tracks produce from seed to harvest.
Twin Falls Times-News; Aug. 5
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