Yellowstone NP takes public comment on new bison quarantine program
Two public meetings on Yellowstone National Park's new quarantine program for bison will be held, one in Gardiner on Aug. 18 and another in Bozeman on Aug. 19, and public comment will be taken through Sept. 12 on the proposal that would hold bison in a facility at a location to be determined until they are determined to be brucellosis free and then relocated to areas outside the park.
Flathead Beacon (AP); July 31
National forest in Montana ramps up outreach for help in tracking species
Last year, the Helena National Forest and the Montana Discovery Foundation teamed up last year for a soft rollout of a project enlisting volunteers to report plants and animals they spotted on the nearly 1 million acres in the state, and this year, a more vigorous campaign is underway including the use of the iNaturalist smartphone app or mailing a postcard to report species.
Helena Independent Record; July 31
Colorado ranks first in nation for homes at risk from wildfire
CoreLogic, a California company that compiles financial and real estate data, found that more than 200,000 homes, about one in 10, in Colorado were at high risk from wildfire; Montana ranked second with 9.1 percent of homes at such risk, and Oregon ranked third.
Denver Post; July 31
B.C. signs off on Seabridge's proposed gold, copper mine project
Toronto-based Seabridge Gold Corp. must still get federal approval for its proposed $5.3-billion KSM gold and copper mine in Northwest British Columbia, where it faces international opposition as operations would take place in watersheds that drain into the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, and the company is also in need of a financing partner for the project to go forward.
Vancouver Sun; July 31
Anadarko reports oil production in Rocky Mountain West up 24 percent
Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum's second-quarter report released Wednesday showed a $266 million profit, due in part to the company's strong on-shore drilling operations, primarily in northeastern Colorado, although its operations in Wyoming's Powder River Basin continued steady production.
Casper Star-Tribune; July 31
Separate lawsuits cite different deadlines for Utah counties to asser road claims
Utah is making claims on roads across federal lands in 22 counties covering thousands of miles of roads, and the federal government has asked a judge to dismiss the claims of Garfield County on the basis of a 12-year statute of limitations that began to run in the 1980s when various areas were listed in the Federal Register as wilderness study areas, but in a lawsuit filed in state court on Wednesday by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance challenging Tooele County's claims to roads, SUWA attorneys charge that state law gives counties seven years to file claims.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 31
Wolf management complicates conservation deal in Idaho
Idaho Fish and Game and Blaine County are negotiating how best to manage wolves on a 16-square mile ranch the two entities are in the process of buying from the Wood River Land Trust, and at present, the Idaho county's stance that lethal means be a last-resort solution to wolves preying on livestock grazing on that land, has stalled those negotiations.
Twin Falls Times-News; July 31
New federal rules on coal mines take effect Aug. 1
New regulations designed to minimize coal dust in the nation's coal mines take effect on Friday, and while the Mine Safety and Health Administration tout the new rules as a step toward protecting coal miners' health, the National Mining Association said the rules are aimed at a non-existent problem and is challenging the rules in court.
Denver Post; July 31
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