Groups file suit against owners of coal-fired power plant in Montana
The Montana Environmental Information Center and Sierra Club have sued the owners of the Colstrip coal-fired power plant, which is the second-largest power plant west of the Mississippi River, to force the installation of equipment to reduce emissions.
Billings Gazette (AP); March 7
USFWS to give up or down vote on listing hundreds of species as endangered
A settlement of two lawsuits reached in 2011 requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to address its backlog of endangered species decisions, with 262 species slated for a thumbs up — or down — on federal protection this year.
New York Times; March 7
Saturday forum in Montana will discuss delisting of grizzly bears
Once grizzly bears are removed from the federal endangered species list, Montana will assume management of the big bruins, and on Saturday at Carroll College, the Montana Wildlife Federation is hosting a forum on the delisting process.
Helena Independent Record; March 6
Alberta sportsmen group urges province to allow limited hunting of grizzlies
The Alberta Fish and Game Association cited a growing number of conflicts with grizzly bears in southwest Alberta as a reason for the province to reinstate a limited hunt for the big bruins in that area, but the Alberta Wilderness Association said the province should work instead to promote ways to reduce conflicts.
Edmonton Journal (Canadian Press); March 7
Residents of Alberta resort town protest plans to fence them in
PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc., the receiver of the financially troubled Three Sisters Mountain Village in Canmore, is planning to add 4,000 housing unit to the village, and, to curb conflicts with wildlife, fence the Alberta village, a plan that has current residents complaining.
Calgary Herald; March 7
Multiyear study of Montana's Georgetown Lake yields interesting results
Granite County and Montana’s Natural Resource Damage Program funded a multiyear study of water quality in Georgetown Lake, and the findings surprised the researchers as water quality is improving, despite having the lake surrounded by houses on their own septic systems.
Missoulian; March 6
Idaho sets public hearing on plan to remove sediment from Silver Creek
The Nature Conservancy and Picabo Livestock Co. have permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to address sediment buildup in the stretch of Silver Creek known as Kirkpatrick Pond, but they need additional permits from Blaine County and the Idaho Department of Water Resources as well, and a public hearing on those permits is set for March 19, where it is expected that fly fishermen will show up to speak their piece about the project.
Twin Falls Times-News; March 7
Ranger in Colorado NF takes on-the-ground approach to climate change
Scott Snelson has spent the last three years as the Aspen-Sopris District ranger in the White River National Forest in Colorado, and during his tenure, he launched projects designed to address problems created by a hotter, drier climate, but he won't be around to see how they play out, as he's transferring to a new job in Minnesota.
Aspen Times; March 7
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