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Forest Service struggles with vandalism and public safety at historic mines

Forest Service struggles with vandalism and public safety at historic mines

HELENA — An old mine may look to many people like a scar on the landscape, but for the U.S. Forest Service, the shafts, adits and equipment are considered archaeological sites telling part of the history of the West.

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U.S. agencies build worker housing in North Dakota

DICKINSON, N.D. — Construction is set to begin on temporary housing for federal workers in western North Dakota.

August 19, 2014 7:05 amLoading…
Wyoming man admits stealing Forest Service’s explosives

Wyoming man admits stealing Forest Service’s explosives

A Wyoming man admitted Thursday to stealing more than 500 pounds of explosives that belonged to the U.S. Forest Service after finding a bunker near Red Lodge while looking for a place to camp.

August 14, 2014 4:45 pmLoading…

Close calls illustrate Fremont fire danger

RIVERTON, Wyo. — Someone flicked a cigarette butt into a tree line last weekend at Grannier Meadows, nearly sparking a major fire in Shoshone National Forest. Flames grew and started to lick at a tree before alert Forest Service workers put it out.

July 31, 2014 10:40 amLoading…
Fire season in West expected to get more intense

Fire season in West expected to get more intense

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Despite widespread drought in the West and expectations of an above-average wildfire season, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer.

July 23, 2014 1:51 pmLoading…

Forest land near Jackson closed to shooting

JACKSON, Wyo. — The U.S. Forest Service has banned recreational shooting on land near trails and homes south of Jackson.

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Guest opinion: Western fires burning through $3 billion annually

The West’s wildfire season holds the high risk of again being long, expensive, and dangerous, with an acceleration of alarming trends that include more and bigger fires, and increased dangers and costs associated with the need to defend private homes. Unfortunately, what we have tried so far…

July 08, 2014 2:41 pmLoading…

Officials can't find bear that attacked woman

KALISPELL — State wildlife officials have been unable to find the bear that attacked a Montana woman while she ran with her dogs last week on U.S. Forest Service land north of Columbia Falls.

July 07, 2014 12:56 pmLoading…

Black bear attacks woman, dogs in Montana

State and federal officials are investigating a woman's report that she and her dogs were attacked by a black bear as they ran on Forest Service land in Montana.

July 04, 2014 10:25 amLoading…
Mine waste repository being built in Blackfoot headwaters

Mine waste repository being built in Blackfoot headwaters

LINCOLN – Beth Ihle envisions a Butte pasty when she explains how a huge pit in the hills east of town will hold 800,000 cubic yards of Mike Horse mine waste.

June 12, 2014 9:25 am Photos

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Ag secretary OKs treatment designation for 4.95M acres in Montana

Ag secretary OKs treatment designation for 4.95M acres in Montana

MISSOULA — According to the U.S. Forest Service, 21 percent of forested land in Montana, more than 7.6 million acres, is at risk of mortality from insects and diseases – mainly mountain pine beetle infestations – over the next 15 years. Now, forest managers and other stakeholders have one mo…

May 21, 2014 10:51 amLoading…

Exploding targets banned on forest lands

Exploding targets are prohibited across the Forest Service’s Northern Region after regional forester Faye Krueger signed a closure order citing public safety concerns and the potential for igniting wildfires.

May 20, 2014 12:47 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: As fire season approaches, let’s create ‘charter forests’

With the number and severity of wildfires increasing dramatically, it’s time to rethink management policies for our national forest system.

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Feds side with N.D. gravel mine developer

Feds side with N.D. gravel mine developer

BISMARCK, N.D. — An environmental impact statement done by the U.S. Forest Service sides with a Montana businessman who wants to mine gravel near Theodore Roosevelt's historic western North Dakota ranch.

April 28, 2014 4:02 pmLoading…
Critic pans long EIS process for Lookout Pass Ski Area expansion

Critic pans long EIS process for Lookout Pass Ski Area expansion

LOOKOUT PASS – A group of ski and snowboard enthusiasts are hoping that a proposal to expand Lookout Pass Ski Area, located on the Montana/Idaho border two hours west of Missoula, doesn’t run into the same problems and lengthy delays that plagued Montana Snowbowl’s expansion plans.

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Rosendale calls for transferring federal lands to state

Rosendale calls for transferring federal lands to state

HELENA — Republican U.S. House candidate Matt Rosendale is proposing that the federal government transfer Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in Montana to the state to manage and control. 

April 18, 2014 6:02 pm Related

Guest opinion: Forest Service needs direction from Barrasso bill

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., recently introduced the National Forest Jobs and Management Act, which creates a 15-year pilot project on 3.8 percent of the 191 million acre National Forest system. On this pilot area, forest management projects would be conducted using streamlined compliance pro…

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USFS, group say megaloads' impact on Lochsa a concern

USFS, group say megaloads' impact on Lochsa a concern

The wild and scenic values of river corridors west of Lolo Pass got two votes of support this week, both focused on the impact of hauling megaloads along U.S. Highway 12.

April 09, 2014 12:32 pmLoading…

Film follows wilderness hikers

When the Wilderness Act was passed 50 years ago, creating a legal definition of wilderness and allowing Congress to designate areas as wilderness, the group pushing for the Wilderness Act had the foresight to set land aside to be protected for future generations.

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Federal judge lifts hold on Lolo logging project

HELENA — A federal judge has lifted an injunction on a 2,038-acre logging project after the U.S. Forest Service provided more details on how it would affect threatened Canada lynx.

April 07, 2014 5:21 pmLoading…

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