Rockies Today, Oct. 16



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Timber industry group sues USFS over stoppage of operations
Three wood products companies and the American Forest Resources Council filed a lawsuit in federal court in Oregon on Monday against the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management seeking a temporary injunction to lift the cessation of logging operations on federal lands caused by the shutdown.
Ravalli Republic (AP); Oct. 16

Yellowstone Park wolf watchers seek info on wolves killed in Wyoming
Wyoming Fish and Game confirmed five wolves were killed in hunting zones adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, but are banned by law from releasing other details, and park wolf watchers are concerned that the wolves are from the Lamar Canyon Pack.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Oct. 16

Hunters reach half-way mark in Wyoming wolf hunt
In the northwest corner of Wyoming where wolves are classified as trophy animals, hunters have killed 13 of the 26 allowed by the state in that zone.
Billings Gazette (AP); Oct. 16

Montana, Idaho tribes among 8 taking the lead on climate change
Eight tribes have adopted plans to adapt to a changing climate, including the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho, which established an aforestation plan and a strategy to market carbon sequestration credits decades ago, and the Confederate Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana, which ssued a climate change proclamation last year and adopted a Climate Change Strategic Plan earlier this year.
Indian Country Today; Oct. 16

Utah legislative audit questions funds paid to anti-wolf group
Utah paid Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife and its spinoff Big Game Forever $800,000 over the past four years to lobby to remove federal protection for wolves, and a legislative audit released Tuesday questions not only how those groups spent taxpayer dollars, but also why the state Department of Natural Resource insisted that the full allocation be given to the groups upfront.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 16

Colorado lawmakers press governor to open other national parks
Gov. John Hickenlooper said the state agreed to pay the federal government to reopen the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado because gateway communities near that park were already reeling from the aftermath of flooding, and that no other communities had requested the state pay to get parks near them reopened, but that's about to change as state legislators said they're working on a request to fund the reopening of all the national parks in the state.
Durango Herald; Oct. 16

Groups propose changes to Wyoming's baseline water testing rule
The public comment period on Wyoming's proposed rule to require baseline testing of groundwater before oil and gas drilling operations begin closed on Friday, and on Tuesday the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission held a public hearing on the proposed rule, where some suggested that such baseline tests be conducted on a quarterly basis for a year before drilling operations began and others said the testing area around proposed wells should be more than the half-mile required.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 16

Farmers, ranchers in 3 Western states seek solution to crop-damaging elk
Cassia County officials hosted a meeting Tuesday between landowners in the Idaho county, as well as farmers and ranchers in adjacent counties and wildlife officials from Idaho, Utah and Nevada to discuss elk herds and the damage the hundreds of animals are causing to grazing and croplands in those states.
Twin Falls Times-News; Oct. 16

B.C. concedes Alberta bitumen will move through province to ports
The devil may be in the details, but in a joint release from Alberta Premier Alison Redford and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, the two leaders said that bitumen from Alberta would cross B.C., either via pipelines yet to be built or in rail cars, to be exported overseas from B.C. ports.
Vancouver Sun; Oct. 16

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