The Rockies Today, April 12



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Federal government settles tribal asset mismanagement lawsuit for $1B
The federal government announced it would pay $1 billion to settle a lawsuit brought by 41 tribes charging mismanagement of tribal accounts and for timber, grazing, oil and gas royalties on tribal lands, including the claims of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, which will receive nearly $42.6 million; the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana will receive $150 million; and Idaho's Nez Perce Tribe will get nearly $34 million.
Seattle Times (AP); April 12

Latest inventory shows emissions from Canada's oil, gas operations on the rise
Canada filed its latest inventory on greenhouse gas emissions, a requirement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, on Wednesday that indicated emissions for the country declined by 0.25 percent in 2010, but emissions from the oilsands industry increased by 14 percent.
Calgary Herald (Postmedia); April 12

Alberta, Saskatchewan criticized for lack of effort to curb greenhouse gases
The David Suzuki Foundation released a report that detailed steps Canada's provinces had taken to curb greenhouse gas emissions that faulted Alberta and Saskatchewan for doing too little, as most of Canada's emissions since 1990 have come from those two provinces.
Toronto Globe and Mail; April 12

Wyoming G&F calculate how to reduce wolf population in trophy zone
At a public meeting in Jackson on Tuesday, Wyoming Game and Fish personnel explained what it would take to reduce the wolf population in the northwest corner of the state from the estimated 270 wolves now there, to the target goal of 170 wolves and 15 breeding pairs by the end of the year, with hunters predicted to kill 52 of the wolves, and 46 would probably die from other means, such as management removals, poaching and getting hit by vehicles.
Jackson Hole Daily; April 12

BuRec gets dozens of suggestions on boosting water in Colorado River Basin
The Bureau of Reclamation is working on a study of water supply and demand in the Colorado River Basin for the next 50 years or so, and the agency's request for ideas on how to boost resources in that basin elicited about 140 responses, including one that proposed floating a glacier to California, capturing what melts and piping it the basin.
Denver Post (AP); April 12

Biologists begin trapping grizzly bears for study in W. Montana
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service and a number of tribes are participating in a study to gather data about grizzly bear populations in the Northern Continental Divide ecosystem, with trapping operations planned in the Blackfoot Valley, along the Rocky Mountain Front, in the Swan and Clearwater river valleys, in Glacier National Park, and in the North and Middle Forks of the Flathead River.
Missoulian; April 12

Montana state judge suspends bison relocation for at least 30 days
After a hearing in Chinook on Wednesday, Montana District Judge John McKeon suspended the state's plan to transfer bison from holding facilities near Yellowstone National Park to any other locations in the state for up to 30 days, within such time McKeon said he will make a decision on future such relocations.
Helena Independent Record (Havre Daily News); April 12

Groups sue to stop two logging projects in Gallatin National Forest in Montana
The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and the Native Ecosystems Council filed a lawsuit in federal district court to stop the Bozeman Municipal Watershed and the East Boulder projects planned in the Gallatin National Forest in Montana.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; April 12

Wyoming river now has a fish-friendly dam in place
The Greybull River in Wyoming is flowing through a new $4.3 million irrigation dam that provides Yellowstone cutthroat trout a route to native spawning grounds upstream.
Billings Gazette; April 12

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