Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rockies Today, April 2

Posted By on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 11:24 AM

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WGA report details states' spending to protect sage grouse, habitat
The Western Governors Association released an inventory of work done in 11 western states to protect sage grouse and its habitat to fend off a protection decision from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, with Wyoming spending $7.9 million since 2005 on protecting the species, while Utah spent $8.8 million last year alone protecting the bird's habitat.
Billings Gazette (Casper Star-Tribune); April 1

USFWS reviewing Idaho's wolf board revenue structure
In order for states to share in federal funds collected under the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act, they may not use state funds collected from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses for any other purpose than to manage state fish and wildlife agencies, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is scrutinizing Idaho's new wolf-management board to see if that board meets the requirements to comply with the federal laws.
Idaho Statesman; April 2

Protection of Idaho's Boulder-White Clouds moves to political platform
A proposed molybdenum mine in the 1960s ignited the debate on protecting the Boulder-White Clouds in Idaho, and that issue is currently on the national political radar, as groups lobby President Obama to designate the area a national monument. Editor's Note: Part of the Twin Falls Times-News' series on the Boulder-White Clouds.
Twin Falls Times-News; April 2

Project explores debate over protection of Idaho's Boulder-White Clouds
The Twin Falls Times-News gives readers a tour of the issues surrounding designation the Boulder-White Cloud area of Idaho as a national monument, with stunning photographs of the area.
Twin Falls Times-News; April 2

Grand Teton NP releases scoping document on Moose-Wilson Road
More than 1,000 comments were received on the Grand Teton National Park's Moose-Wilson Road management plan, and on Tuesday, the park in Wyoming released a scoping report that summarizes each of those letters, which are now available online for review.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; April 2

Alberta gears up for wildfire season
On Tuesday, Alberta officials rolled out a decadelong plan that will provide nearly $1 billion in funding to implement 21 recommendations from the review panel that studied the disastrous 2011 Slave Lake Fire.
Calgary Herald; April 2

Two Elk power plant in Wyoming misses another deadline
In April of 2013, Colorado-based North American Power Group obtained its seventh extension in 16 years from the Wyoming Industrial Siting Division to build the Two Elk Power Plant, which would be fueled by beetle-killed timber and low-quality coal from the area near Wright, with construction to be commenced by Jan. 1 of this year, but so far, no work has been done.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); April 2

Wyoming U.S. senators draft bill to refute EPA's reservation ruling
With the help of Gov. Matt Mead's office, Wyoming U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Mike Enzi have drafted legislation that would repeal a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency on the boundary of the Wind River Reservation and which governmental agencies have authority on 171,000 acres of land that encompass Riverton.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 2

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