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Regional, USDA-funded biofuel studies hope to glean data, analysis from each other

Regional, USDA-funded biofuel studies hope to glean data, analysis from each other

MISSOULA — Two groups funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study turning forest waste into biofuels will cross paths this year, as one group winds down its analysis of western Montana and the other gears up to study the northern Rocky Mountain region.

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Guest opinion: Policies must change to help control Western wildfire

In the early 1970s while part of a U.S. Forest Service research team I examined the disturbance history of old, unlogged forests throughout Montana. We surveyed a diverse array of several hundred forests and found that about 90 percent of them showed clear evidence of burning in the distant …

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Researchers test hot pepper to deter rodents from eating grass seeds

Researchers test hot pepper to deter rodents from eating grass seeds

The deer mice are doing what they do this time of year on Mount Sentinel, gobbling up seeds ahead of winter. But if researchers have their way, the mice may find the seeds a little less appetizing.

October 24, 2012 9:00 am Photos

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Reseach to fight rodents

Reseach to fight rodents

Laura Ehlen, with the Rocky Mountain Research Station, clears native grasses and weeds from a test plot on a ridge above Pineridge Road in Missoula’s South Hills last week. Ehlen and a team of researchers are studying ways to prevent rodents from eating seeds planted as crops to restore area…

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Reasearch on rodents

Reasearch on rodents

Kate Sousa, with the Missoula Parks and Recreation Department, hauls salvaged bunch grasses removed from test plots to a waiting truck to be used in other restoration projects. Research team leader Dean Pearson, with the Rocky Mountain Research Station, at right, says seeds coated with the e…

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Climate study warns of possible changes to Shoshone Forest

Climate study warns of possible changes to Shoshone Forest

CODY, Wyo. — Summer visitors to the Shoshone National Forest and Yellowstone National Park could benefit from a warming climate, though fires would probably increase, water would run short by season’s end, and some species could vanish from the landscape.

March 15, 2012 3:00 pm Photos

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Beetle-killed pines burn 3 times faster than live trees, study shows

A recent study should put to rest the notion that green lodgepole pine needles burn as fast as red ones.

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Remote cameras: Secretive wolverines give up furry clues in Glacier National Park

Remote cameras: Secretive wolverines give up furry clues in Glacier National Park

KALISPELL - The carnivore's eyes glow like orbs in the winter darkness, the front quarter of a deer clenched in its vice-like jaws.

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Cold winter not cold enough to kill bark beetles

Cold winter not cold enough to kill bark beetles

Frigid as the winter of 2010-2011 has been, it probably has had little effect on the mortality of bark beetles that have transformed more than 2 million acres of Montana forest into rusty-brown kill zones.

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