Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Rockies Today, Jan. 5

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Grass fires light up the skies above Montana reservation
Blackfeet Reservation officials said the grass fires roaring across the Montana reservation, pushed by high winds on Wednesday evening, may be the worst in the reservation's history.
Great Falls Tribune; Jan. 5

Wild winds, record-breaking temperatures fuel grass fires in Alberta
The temperature in Calgary on Wednesday broke a 90-year record, and winds exceeding 60 mph pushed one grassfire across more than 37 miles, burning three homes in its path.
Calgary Herald; Jan. 5

Interior secretary sketches out proposals for Colorado valley
On Wednesday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar laid out plans to protect large expanses of Colorado's San Luis Valley that included the creation of the Sangre de Cristo National Historic Park, build a trail system along the Rio Grande River from Colorado into New Mexico, and establishing new wildlife management areas.
Denver Post; Jan. 5

Idaho Panhandle National Forests releases new management plan
The Idaho Panhandle National Forests is updating its management plan put in place in 1987, and not surprisingly, since the area has added more than 100,000 residents in the past 25 years, nearly 40 percent of the forest now lies within the wildland-urban interface.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Jan. 5

Oil producers sign commitment agreements for Alberta-B.C. pipeline
Next week a series of public hearings in British Columbia and Alberta on the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline, hosted by a joint panel of National Energy Board and Environment Canada, will begin in Kitmat, B.C., and on Wednesday, Cenovus Energy Inc., MEG Energy Corp., Nexen Inc., Suncor Energy Inc. and Total E&P Canada all signed preliminary statements committing oil shipments to the pipeline.
Calgary Herald; Jan. 5

Yellowstone Park report addresses lake trout eradication, grizzly bear genetics
In its sixth progress report to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Committee since Yellowstone National Park was removed from the committee's List of World Heritage in Danger sites in 2003, Park officials said that $1 million is needed to help remove lake trout from Yellowstone Lake, and that within the next decade, grizzly bears may need to be imported into the park to expand genetic diversity of the species.
Billings Gazette; Jan. 5

Groups team up to help rid Yellowstone Lake of lake trout
The National Park Service has been trying for more than a decade to remove non-native lake trout from Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park that are killing off native Yellowstone cutthroat trout, and have determined that the best way to do so is to destroy the eggs before they hatch, and to do that lake trout will be fitted with tiny transmitters to help find spawning beds, and Trout Unlimited, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and the National Parks Conservation Association are raising money to pay for the transmitters and transponders.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Jan. 4

Montana FWP says hunt changes near Yellowstone NP protected wolves
In 2009, when Montana held its first wolf hunt, four of the 10 wolves in Yellowstone Park's Cottonwood Pack were killed, prompting a public outcry, and changes were made in hunting districts abutting the park for the 2011-12 hunting season that appear to have protected wolves from the park.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); Jan. 5

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