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Idaho group challenges Wyoming elk feeding

JACKSON, Wyo. — An Idaho environmental group is challenging a 2008 U.S. Forest Service decision that permitted five elk feedgrounds in the Jackson Hole area of northwest Wyoming.

July 20, 2014 9:37 amLoading…
Could drones help fight Western wildfires?

Could drones help fight Western wildfires?

TWIN FALLS, Idaho – When it comes to analyzing dangerous wildfires, could a sensor attached to a drone ever replace a human eye connected to an intellect shaped by experience and intuition?

July 07, 2014 7:14 amLoading…

Jackson Forest Service land targeted for housing

JACKSON, Wyo. — A tract of undeveloped land in downtown Jackson will be used for housing.

June 08, 2014 11:03 amLoading…

Guest opinion: No grass roots in plots to take over Montana's public lands

Over the last few months, some Montana legislators have been ginning up attention to the idea that national forests and other public lands should be taken away from the federal government and transferred to state or local governments. Proponents of these schemes offer legal-sounding rhetoric…

May 25, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Exploding targets banned in Idaho, Montana, Dakotas

BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Forest Service has banned exploding targets in northern Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and portions of South Dakota because of wildfire and public safety concerns.

May 20, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Forest Services expands firefighting tanker fleet

Forest Services expands firefighting tanker fleet

DENVER — As the Obama administration pushes Congress to ensure that enough money is available to fight destructive wildfires, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Tuesday that the U.S. Forest Service was adding four aircraft to its firefighting fleet ahead of what's expected to be ano…

May 20, 2014 10:59 amLoading…
Bozeman man sues Bullock over logging plan

Bozeman man sues Bullock over logging plan

HELENA — A Bozeman man on Tuesday sued Gov. Steve Bullock and some top administration officials, accusing them of violating the state constitution by nominating 5.1 million acres of U.S. Forest Service land for restoration without giving the public a chance to participate.

April 30, 2014 6:29 amLoading…

Airborne firefighting training using air drops in Wyoming delayed

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. military's annual airborne firefighting training using air drops in Wyoming has been delayed to the end of the week because of high winds.

April 30, 2014 6:26 amLoading…

U.S. Forest Service plans meetings on Black Hills rare-earth mine

The rare-earth industry may be one step closer to reality in Wyoming.

April 14, 2014 8:00 amLoading…
GAO report takes issue with Forest Service, Neptune air tanker contracts

GAO report takes issue with Forest Service, Neptune air tanker contracts

MISSOULA — Wildfire season officially begins April 28, and the U.S. Forest Service is heading into it with only three modern firefighting air tankers.

April 13, 2014 11:35 amLoading…

Plan closes some roads in Helena National Forest

HELENA — The U.S. Forest Service plans to close 157 miles of roads to wheeled motorized use in the Helena National Forest while leaving 289 miles available.

March 28, 2014 9:12 amLoading…

Officials mull uphill travel ban at Whitefish

WHITEFISH — The U.S. Forest Service and Whitefish Mountain Resort are considering changes to the resort's policy of allowing skiers to travel uphill after two people entered an area with active avalanche control.

March 23, 2014 1:30 pmLoading…
Proposal to increase motorized access in Shoshone National Forest draws backlash

Proposal to increase motorized access in Shoshone National Forest draws backlash

CASPER, Wyo. — A coalition of conservation groups plans to file an objection with the U.S. Forest Service over a proposal to increase motor vehicle access in the Shoshone National Forest.

March 17, 2014 9:39 amLoading…
Management plan defines battle over Wyoming's federal lands

Management plan defines battle over Wyoming's federal lands

Nothing stirs in the Red Desert before sunrise. There is no wind. There are no people to talk or laugh; no machines to whir or hum. Through the darkness, one can vaguely make out the sand dunes. They look like black waves, sometimes climbing 100 feet into the sky, rolling across the land.

January 26, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

TV producer fined, filmed in Montana forest without permit

HELENA — The producer of the cable television show "Wardens" has been fined $1,500 and ordered to forfeit footage he shot on U.S. Forest Service lands in Montana last summer without a permit.

January 15, 2014 1:59 pmLoading…
Guest opinion: Agencies' sage grouse plans fail to use best science

Guest opinion: Agencies' sage grouse plans fail to use best science

Recent news about the spotted and the barred owls provides insight for future sage grouse management.

January 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
BLM, USFS release draft sage grouse plan

BLM, USFS release draft sage grouse plan

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service favor a middle path among the options they're considering for protecting habitat for the greater sage grouse in Wyoming.

December 27, 2013 5:02 pmLoading…
Man enters Alford plea for setting May fires

Man enters Alford plea for setting May fires

A 19-year-old East Helena man who was charged with setting numerous fires in the Helena area in May has pleaded guilty to two counts of arson.

December 21, 2013 10:42 amLoading…

Pine beetles likely survived recent cold snap

GREAT FALLS — Montana’s recent record-breaking cold snap probably didn’t cause widespread mortality in the state’s tree-eating mountain pine beetle population, but it may have killed beetles in localized areas, according to forest health experts.

December 15, 2013 12:18 pmLoading…

60 objections filed to Kootenai, Idaho Panhandle forest plans

MISSOULA — One thing’s certain about the draft management plans for the Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle national forests – they’ve got lots of kinks to work out.

December 08, 2013 5:07 pmLoading…

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