Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Rockies Today, Feb. 4

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Review of data questions effectiveness of logging to stop pine beetles
University of Montana pine-beetle biologist Diana Six and two University of California-Berkeley policy experts published the results of their review of scientific data that supported logging as a means to curb pine-bark beetle infestations and found, that despite a dearth of such actual data, policymakers continued to endorse logging as an effective tool in battling the burrowing bugs.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Feb. 4

Settlement requires USFWS to evaluate grizzly bear survival in SW Montana
After a radio collar that had been put on a young male grizzly bear was found under a log on the Montana side of the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station that straddles the Montana-Idaho border, several groups filed a federal lawsuit seeking a reassessment of the research station in prime grizzly bear habitat, and on Monday, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill signed a settlement agreement in that lawsuit that requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to do such a review.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Feb. 4

Program to aid victims of exposure to asbestos at Montana mine expands
The program to aid people who were exposed to asbestos at W.R. Grace's vermiculite mine in Libby was originally available to residents of Flathead and Lincoln counties in Montana, but that program has now expanded to five more counties in Northwest Montana, seven in Idaho and six in Washington.
Kalispell Daily InterLake; Feb. 4

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