Yellowstone NP officials weigh in on Montana wolf-hunt changes
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission will meet Wednesday to vote on lengthening the state's wolf-hunt season, increasing bag limits and setting quotas around Yellowstone National Park, and park officials would like to see additional restrictions on the hunt in areas around the park.
Montana Standard (AP); July 9
Technology offers new tools for wildland firefighters
Computer simulations offer U.S. Forest Service researchers the ability to enter variables such as topography, fuels, wind and weather data to give them the potential for wildfire, and remote-controlled unmanned aircraft can take aerial photos of fires and then transmit them to ground crews to give them an accurate map of the burn.
New York Times; July 9
BLM halts OHV use in area of SW Idaho to protect plant
Packard's milkvetch is a candidate for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, and the Bureau of Land Management announced that off-highway vehicle use would be banned on 5,620 acres of land in southwestern Idaho where the plant grows, OHV use would be limited to trails only on another 1,620 acres of land there, leaving 128 acres open to OHV use.
Idaho Statesman (AP); July 9
Utah legislators order audit of Big Game Forever
On Monday, legislative leaders ordered an audit on how Big Game Forever, a Utah nonprofit working to put wolf management in state hands, spent $300,000 appropriated to the group in fiscal year 2013.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 9
Montana man releases third version of Bitterroot Resort plan
Tom Maclay decided to go ahead and release the details of his third proposal to build the Bitterroot Resort, a ski resort in the high-altitude Carlton Lakes basin south of Lolo Peak in Montana, with the latest proposal putting the entire resort on national forest lands.
Missoulian; July 9
USFS submits court-ordered analysis on lynx for Montana timber sale
Lolo National Forest will take public comment on the court-ordered supplemental environmental analysis on the effect the Colt-Summit Restoration and Fuels Reduction Project in Montana would have on lynx through Aug. 7, but Michael Garrity, director of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, said recent rulings on other disputed timber sales in Montana that required programmatic consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, not a site-specific analysis, were an indication that the Colt-Summit supplement would likely not meet the court's requirements.
Missoulian; July 9
Rural counties in Colorado mull plans to revise legislative representation
Nearly two dozen commissioners from Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld and Yuma counties, as well as administrators and residents met Monday afternoon in Akron to discuss ways to increase representation of rural Colorado in the state Legislature, including an option to elect House representatives by county.
Denver Post; July 9
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