Headwaters News: The Rockies Today, Aug. 24

Posted by Mountain West News on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 10:35 AM

U of Alberta study seeks to harness microbes to turn coal into gas.

Alberta has some of the world's largest reserves of coal, but only about 5 percent of its coalbed methane can be tapped using current technology, and researchers at the University of Alberta are participating in a national, three-year study of anaerobic bacteria that live in coal seams, and how to facilitate the growth and production of that bacteria to produce natural gas from the coal.
Edmonton Journal; Aug. 24

Relationship between mining companies, environmental groups evolves in Idaho
Since 1970, when Cecil Andrus' opposition to a molybdenum mine in the White Clouds Mountains led to his election as governor, the relationship between mining companies and the environmental community, including the Idaho Conservation League, has improved, yet there is one issue on which no compromise appears forthcoming—mining in the Boise River watershed is still met with fierce opposition.
Idaho Statesman; Aug. 24

Salazar vacations in Wyoming, sounds off on land, water fund
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who is vacationing in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks with his family, called on Congress to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which he said has been plundered to the tune of nearly $20 billion over past decades, defended Wyoming's deal with the federal government on wolf management, and touted the impact national parks have on states' economies.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Aug. 24

Montana wildlife biologist: Wolves killed this week were pups
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wolf biologist Liz Bradley said she was certain that the two wolves killed this week were the 4-month-old pups of the wolf the Bitterroot rancher killed five weeks ago as it ate a lamb.
Ravalli Republic; Aug. 24

Wildfire's 10,000-acre run takes Idaho, Montana forest personnel by surprise
The Saddle fire in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho made a run for the Montana border on Monday, scorching 10,000 acres in a matter of hours and moving into the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana.
Ravalli Republic; Aug. 24

Legacy Roads and Trails work under way in Montana Forest
The Legacy Roads and Trails Remediation Program is a nationwide program to reclaim roads and trails to keep streams and rivers cleaner, and in the Lewis and Clark National Forest on Tuesday, members of Wildland CPR and U.S. Forest Service officials took a tour of projects being done under that program in the forest in Montana.
Great Falls Tribune; Aug. 24

Trail provides wheelchair access to Idaho backcountry
The Murdock Trail in the Boulder Mountains is one of two trails proposed by U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson in his Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act to provide wilderness access to people in wheelchairs, and although the Act hasn't yet made it through Congress, Simpson was able to get the funds needed to build the Murdock Trail and the Phyllis Lake Trail in the White Cloud Mountains.
Idaho Statesman; Aug. 24

The preceding links are courtesy of Headwaters News. Headwaters News is a project of the Center for the Rocky Mountain West at The University of Montana. It provides a daily snapshot of news and opinion in the Rocky Mountain region of North America, giving the changing mountain West a tool to understand itself and a platform for the exchange of ideas.

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