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Judge issues temporary injunction on grazing in Idaho national forest
U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill issued a temporary injunction last Wednesday that will keep sheep off three grazing allotments in the Payette National Forest this year.
The Republic (AP); June 14
High winds in Colorado keep helicopters on the ground
The High Park wildfire in Colorado grew to an estimated 58,046 acres by Monday as winds up to 50 mph grounded helicopters that were providing air support, and more evacuations were announced.
Denver Post; June 18
Public evenly split on making Colorado National Monument a national park
Proponents of a plan to make Colorado National Monument a national park said the costs would be minimal to do so, few changes would be made in managing the land and the new designation would draw more visitors to western Colorado, but opponents think the area is just fine as it is and draws plenty of visitors.
New York Times; June 17
Pipeline company says new plan addresses Alberta, B.C. concerns
Two years ago, the Canadian government flagged Enbridge's proposal to build an oil pipeline from Alberta to the British Columbia coast for what the government termed "inadequate spill response procedures," but company officials said they've addressed those deficiencies.
Edmonton Journal (Postmedia); June 17
USFS names members of planning group
A Montana man who serves as executive director of the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, an Idaho county commissioner, a member of the Kootenai Tribe from Oregon and representatives of the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association and Arch Coal are among the 21 people selected by the U.S. Forest Service to help in crafting the agency's new planning rule.
Missoulian; June 18
Group sees jet fuel source in West's forests
The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance got a $40-million grant from the federal government two years ago to develop a biofuel from wood waste for jets, and members of the group met last week in Montana to discuss work being done toward that end.
Missoulian; June 18
BLM wants to keep cows out of emissions plan for Wyoming region
Next month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's designation of the Upper Green River Valley as a "nonattainment" zone for ozone levels kicks in, and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality must implement a plan to address the sources of pollution, including oil and gas operations—and perhaps the cows that graze on Bureau of Land Management lands in the area.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 18
Gov. Mead: China interested in Wyoming's coal
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead returned Friday from his trip to China, where he said officials were interested in buying Wyoming coal and that the continent is much more advanced in clean-coal technologies than the U.S.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); June 16
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