Rockies Today, March 11



Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

Montana project tops list for USFS's Forest Legacy Program
The U.S. Forest Service has ranked protection of 3,000 acres in the Haskill Basin in northwest Montana as the highest priority for funding under the agency's Forest Legacy Program, securing $7 million of the $17 million needed to buy development rights from F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Co.
Flathead Beacon; March 11

U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Wyoming trail jeopardizes Rails to Trails
In a ruling on a case appealed in Wyoming, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that government easements for railroad beds over public and private land in the West expired when the railroads went out of business and ownership of the easement reverted to the property owner, a decision that could have a considerable effect on the Rails to Trails program, which builds trails on former rail lines.
Great Falls Tribune; March 11

Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee seeks public input
The Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee, which is made up of the 11 federal agencies that work together to manage more than 15 million acres of public land in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, is inviting the public to a meeting in Jackson on March 24 to discuss a multitude of cross-jurisdictional and land management issues.
Billings Gazette; March 11

Groups reach agreement on protecting Idaho area as national monument
The Idaho Conservation League, Wood River Bicycle Coalition, International Mountain Bicycling Association and The Wilderness Society have hammered out a proposal to submit to President Obama on designating the Boulder-White Clouds as a national monument in Idaho.
Idaho Statesman; March 11

Colorado collected $2 million in recreational marijuana taxes in January
On Monday, Colorado reported that the state collected more than $2 million from taxes on the sale of recreational marijuana in January, and if that pace continues, sales and tax revenue may fall short of predictions for the year.
Denver Post; March 11

Warehouses in Denver in high demand for marijuana grow operations
Denver is among the municipalities in Colorado that allows the growing of marijuana, and the need for space to do so was cited as one of the reasons the Mile High City has so little industrial warehouse space available.
Denver Post; March 11

Wyoming to host first energy summit in May
Given Wyoming's coal, oil, natural gas, uranium, geothermal, wind and solar resources, the Cowboy State is a fitting venue for an energy summit, and on May 19-20, Gov. Matt Mead, the Wyoming Business Report and the Energy Summit Steering Committee will host "Leading the Charge," Wyoming's first Energy Summit in Casper.
Casper Star-Tribune; March 11

USDA again declines to add white potatoes to WIC list
The National Potato Council has been trying since 2009 to put white potatoes back on the list of acceptable produce for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture declined to add the potatoes—but proponents of the tubers say the fight isn't over.
Idaho Statesman (Washington Post); March 11

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