Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Play

Does North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's criminal-justice reform go far enough? Plus, Congress is running out of time to prevent a shutdown and default, and Oregon tackles climate change.

Play

The nation's murder rate is up, the Senate votes on raising the debt limit, the DEA warns about fake prescription painkillers, a new version of DACA could be on the way, and John Hinckley, Jr. could go free next year.

Play

A new Oklahoma museum honors tribal nations, while Iowa's history is back on the blacktop; mixed news on COVID-19 comes with a warning about unconventional drugs; and electric cars and buses are coming to rural America.

Montana Forest Project Collaboration Faces Court Test

Play

Wednesday, February 29, 2012   

MISSOULA, Mont. - Headlines about a forest project being contested in court are nothing new in Montana, although one filing has come as a surprise to many.

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies is suing over the Colt Summit Forest Restoration and Fuels Reduction Project in the Lolo National Forest - a project crafted by locals, scientists and conservation groups. Now, Missoula County is moving to defend the project.

Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss says the project was designed to improve fire safety and create jobs through limited timber production, while also keeping in mind the area's large, intact ecosystem.

"It has all the plants and animals that were there when Lewis and Clark came through - the lynx, the grizzly bear, the bull trout. This project reviewed all of that, to make sure that we will continue to have that."

Lewis and Clark and Powell counties are adding their names in a court brief to defend the project, along with more than two dozen other agencies, groups and individuals - including Montana State Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies contends that the timber sale portion of the project would lose money, and destroy elk, lynx and grizzly habitat.

Seeley Lake Fire Chief Frank Maradeo says not everyone agreed with every point in the plan but did agree on the larger goals of jobs, habitat improvement and reducing fire danger - especially in light of the 2007 Jocko Lakes fire.

"The community is obviously very sensitive to the devastation of wildland fire. The area that they're going to be working in is high-priority for the safety of our fire district."

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and The Wilderness Society area also filing to support the project.

A legal decision on the project is expected this summer.


get more stories like this via email

Public schools need to minimize arrests at schools by using emergency mental-health teams instead of police officers to address behavioral incidents at school, according to a Sentencing Project report. (Adobe stock)

Social Issues

ARLINGTON, Va. -- As a Northern Virginia school system transitions away from using police officers in schools, a new report suggests COVID stimulus …


Social Issues

DES MOINES, Iowa -- In five weeks, voters in many Iowa cities will cast their ballots for local elections, and the Secretary of State's office is …

Social Issues

AURORA, Colo. -- School districts across Colorado had to get creative to ensure families could access critical meals during pandemic-related closures…


Companies behind a proposed natural-gas plant for Wisconsin hope to break ground by 2025. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

SUPERIOR, Wis. -- Legal proceedings continue involving a proposed natural-gas plant for northwestern Wisconsin. The plans have been approved by state …

Environment

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Draft rules are out for a program designed to confront climate change in Oregon, but organizations say it does not go far enough to …

West Virginia families have struggled to find and keep work, pay rent and bills, and care for kids and older relatives, and anti-poverty advocates say the pandemic has made things worse. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said lawmakers are slated to vote on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Thursday…

Health and Wellness

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A veterinary drug doctors call unsafe for treating COVID-19 has caused the deaths of two people in New Mexico, according to the …

Social Issues

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed sweeping criminal-justice reform into law this month that is meant to hold police more …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021