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Guest opinion: States would do better job of managing federal lands

Guest opinion: States would do better job of managing federal lands

In response to confusion caused by certain environmentalists that claim our public lands would be “sold to the highest bidder” if federal lands are transferred to the states, leaders of the Transfer of Public Lands effort from all Western states recently gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah, to …

October 23, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
Ranchers cautious about state takeover of federal land

Ranchers cautious about state takeover of federal land

Should Montana Republican lawmakers saddle up to take control of federal lands, they might be without one important, generally conservative group: cowboys.

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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…

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…

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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.

April 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Lynx decision halts timber sale in Sapphire Mountains

HAMILTON – The Bitterroot National Forest’s plans to offer a large timber sale in the Sapphire Mountains have hit another snag.

November 19, 2013 10:18 amLoading…

Bridger-Teton Forest down to skeleton crew

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Bridger-Teton National Forest in northwest Wyoming has told its concessionaires to close because of the federal government shutdown.

October 11, 2013 2:12 pmLoading…
Daines touts passage of timber bill in House; opponents say it’s far from a compromise

Daines touts passage of timber bill in House; opponents say it’s far from a compromise

HELENA – The U.S. House on Friday passed a bill that would mandate logging on designated parts of every national forest – a bill that Montana Congressman Steve Daines called “an important milestone” toward reviving the timber industry in the state.

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Forest Service, other workers learn traditional skills for wilderness

Forest Service, other workers learn traditional skills for wilderness

MONTURE CREEK – Want to know how to lift a 1,000-pound bridge span across a creek without messing up the wilderness?

September 12, 2013 9:03 am Photos

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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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Guest opinion: Firefighting policy must be adapted to new reality

Not since the turn of the last century have wildfires been worse in much of the West. Over the past several years, the onset of drought, the deteriorated condition of many Western forests, and a surge of largely unconstrained growth at the wildland-urban interface have converged, resulting i…

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Fire lookout volunteers enjoy living 'a romantic life'

Fire lookout volunteers enjoy living 'a romantic life'

HELENA — Ray Brown knows each of the 80 steps that wind in a corkscrew up the 60-foot tower of the Strawberry Butte Lookout.

September 02, 2013 2:00 pm Photos

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Plum Creek to salvage 7,000 acres burned by Lolo Complex fire

Plum Creek to salvage 7,000 acres burned by Lolo Complex fire

MISSOULA — Most of the forest burned in the Lolo Creek Complex fire belonged to Plum Creek Timber Co., which hopes to recover what it can of the blackened trees this fall.

September 02, 2013 12:00 pm Related Loading…
Eureka fire hovers around 6,100 acres, 25% contained

Eureka fire hovers around 6,100 acres, 25% contained

BUTTE — Figures released Thursday show the Eureka fire, south of Ennis, at about 6,100 acres, with 25 percent containment, according to the Forest Service.

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Agency taking back federal funds

JUNEAU, Alaska — The U.S. Forest Service plans to take a portion of the timber payments it has promised or paid out to 22 states, citing federal budget cuts.

August 22, 2013 3:25 pmLoading…

'Freak event' sends water surge through Wyoming camp

RIVERTON, Wyo. — The U.S. Forest Service is investigating the cause of a rush of water down a mountain that flooded an outfitter's campsite in central Wyoming.

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Forest Service Cabin fees burn lessees; Tester honored for efforts

Forest Service Cabin fees burn lessees; Tester honored for efforts

Call it government-induced “cabin fee-ver.”

August 06, 2013 6:25 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Fewer lawsuits, bigger harvests will restore timber industry

Montana once boasted a strong timber industry that helped maintain healthy forests, supported local jobs and provided a steady revenue stream for our counties and schools.

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Strong winds, warm weather spur on Emigrant fire

Strong winds, warm weather spur on Emigrant fire

Warmer weather and increased winds upped the intensity of the 500-plus acre Emigrant fire Friday, a U.S. Forest Service spokesperson said.

July 26, 2013 6:35 pm Photos

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Emigrant fire still uncontrolled, grows slightly to 450 acres

Emigrant fire still uncontrolled, grows slightly to 450 acres

The Emigrant fire burning in the Paradise Valley south of Livingston grew slightly Wednesday to about 450 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

July 24, 2013 6:48 pm Photos

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