Montana governor releases forest initiative
Gov. Steve Bullock's "Forests in Focus" plan to speed up work to address beetle-killed trees and stalled federal logging projects has four components: forest industry and Montana’s restoration economy; collaboration and partnerships; tribal, state and private forests; and federal forest management, but one group calls the plan simply a way to push through logging projects by avoiding public input.
Helena Independent Record; July 13
Oil, chemical industries resist U.S. safety plan for trains
Since March, White House and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration officials have met 13 times with representatives of the railroad, tank car manufacturing, petroleum, ethanol and chemical industries, with all lobbying for a solution to make shipping oil by railroad safer that doesn't impede their business.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); July 13
Report says Canada's national parks in worse shape this year than last
In its sixth annual report on Canada's national parks, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society said increased commercialization in the country's parks at a time when science and conservation budgets continue to be reduced led to deteriorating conditions within the parks and have curtailed the protection of wild areas.
Calgary Herald; July 14
Record high temperatures fuel wildfire conditions across B.C.
The lightning-sparked Red Deer Fire in northeast British Columbia, that continues to resist containment efforts and that has now burned across 9,390 acres in northeastern B.C. near the Alberta border, is just one of 63 wildfires burning across the province, where wildfire danger is ranked as extreme in many areas.
Vancouver Sun; July 14
USDA sheep research station on Idaho-Montana border slated for closure
If Congress doesn't respond within 30 days to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's letter dated June 17 on why the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station near Dubois in eastern Idaho should continue operations, the research station will close.
Twin Falls Times-News (AP); July 14
Utah U.S. Rep. Stewart wants states to manage wild horse herds
U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart said states should have the option of managing wild horses wandering within their borders, and the Utah Republican's Wild Horse Oversight Act would still provide animals all protections granted under the federal Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, but would give states the opportunity to put their own management plans in place.
Twin Falls Times-News (AP); July 14
BLM to remove 2,185 wild horses, 215 burros from Western ranges this year
Citing budget constraints and overflowing holding pens, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced its plan to round up and remove fewer wild horses and burros from western states this year, with 1,535 horses to be removed from Wyoming ranges, 285 from Nevada, 200 from Utah, 75 from Oregon, 50 from California and 35 from Idaho; the agency will gather 140 wild burros in Arizona, 50 in California and 25 in Oregon.
Salt Lake Tribune (AP); July 14
Active selling slaughters beef prices, while supplies sends grains lower
The herd mentality of beef producers led to a dramatic decline of prices as more producers sent cattle to market to capture record high prices, while stockpiles of corn, soybeans and wheat sent futures for those grains downward, but precious metals recovered some of their gleam, with platinum, gold and silver all showing gains.
Casper Star-Tribune (Paragon Investments); July 14
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