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  • Idaho agency finds historic footage of parachuting beavers

    10/22/2015 10:14:23 PM PDT · by LucyT · 27 replies
    ABC News.com ^ | BOISE, Idaho — Oct 22, 2015 | Staff
    Boise, Idaho - More than half a century after a group of beavers parachuted into the Idaho backcountry, officials have uncovered footage of the quirky wildlife management moment. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game was struggling with an overpopulation of beavers in some regions in the 1940s when wildlife managers settled on a novel idea. They captured beavers and other furry rodents, packed them into special travel boxes, attached parachutes and dropped them from a plane into..."
  • Obama Seeks to Name Potentially Oil-Rich Part of Alaska Protected 'Wilderness'

    01/25/2015 11:20:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 25, 2015 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is boosting protection of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and will ask Congress to designate more than 12 million acres as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich Coastal Plain. The designation would seal off the area in Alaska's northeast corner from oil exploration and give it the highest degree of federal protection available to public lands. Obama and the Interior Department announced the effort Sunday.
  • Car in Calif. missing teen case found in Idaho wilderness

    08/09/2013 12:11:48 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 24 replies
    komonews.com ^ | 8/9/13 | ap
    SAN DIEGO (AP) - A car belonging to the suspect in the disappearance of a teenage girl in California has been found in Idaho, authorities said on Friday. San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore also said that horseback riders reported seeing two people matching the description of the suspect and girl in the Cascade area 70 miles northeast of Boise on Wednesday.
  • Welcome to Weminuche: Sign in ( King to serfs in Colorado wilderness government lands )

    04/08/2013 9:33:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | April 06, 2013 | Dale Rodebaugh
    Mandatory registration coming to state’s largest wilderness area . Visitors to the Weminuche Wilderness are going to be required to register before entering the almost 500,000 acres that stretch from Silverton to Wolf Creek Pass. Use and abuse of the pristine mountains, valleys and waterways through the years now require switching from voluntary to mandatory registration at trailheads, the San Juan National Forest said in a news release. “During the first two to three years of the new requirement, we’re going to educate the public on the reasons,” Forest Service spokeswoman Ann Bond said Saturday. “After that, rangers can issue...
  • Drakes Bay Oyster Co. goes to court to fight closure

    01/27/2013 12:44:54 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    THE PRESS DEMOCRAT ^ | January 25, 2013 | GUY KOVNER
    Lawyers for the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will square off Friday before a federal judge in Oakland in the first round of a legal battle to continue the commercial oyster operation in the Point Reyes National Seashore. At stake is Salazar's decision in November not to renew a 40-year lease that gave oyster farm operator Kevin Lunny the right to commercial operations in 2,500-acre Drakes Estero, a five-fingered estuary that features extensive eelgrass beds and a harbor seal colony. The decision, hailed by wilderness advocates, gave Lunny's company 90 days to shut down a business...
  • Welcome to the Salazar Wilderness

    12/11/2012 10:10:21 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 10, 2012 | MICHAEL MORITZ
    Shame on the Interior Department for trying to drum a family-owned enterprise out of business. After a seaside area has been designated as wilderness, when is it considered pristine enough by Washington's standards? Is it after airplanes have been banned from flying over it? After electricity pylons and telephone cables have been removed, cars and bikers prohibited, the roads torn up? When hikers are forbidden access to trails, and kayakers, sailors and snorkelers banished from the water? When eucalyptus trees and other foreign species are eradicated? Or only after Miwok Indians' arrowheads have been excavated and placed in a museum?...
  • Out Of Touch President Obama Fiddles While Tombstone, AZ Burns

    08/19/2012 1:01:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/13/2012 | Ralph Benko,
    Welcome to the Wild West, 2012 style. The Feds to Tombstone: “If you want to fix your water line, better lawyer up and talk to President Obama.”... Obama, is truly the out of touch candidate. The U.S. Forest Service — of which the president is ultimate boss — is preventing, on the flimsiest of excuses, Tombstone Arizona from rebuilding its water pipeline. Obama, conniving, is putting Tombstone, a fixture of American history, in mortal danger. ... A massive forest fire in 2011 wiped out the vegetation in Coronado National Park, wherein lies Tombstone’s waterworks — which were destroyed by the...
  • Wilderness groups sue U.S. Forest Service over plan to use helicopter

    07/04/2012 10:53:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Ravalli Republic ^ | June 28, 2012 | PERRY BACKUS
    Two wilderness groups have sued the U.S. Forest Service over its decision to allow an irrigation company to use a helicopter to fly in materials needed to repair a dam in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Wilderness Watch and Friends of the Clearwater filed suit in U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy’s court in Missoula last week. The groups say the agency’s decision to allow the irrigation company up to two helicopter flights to the Fred Burr Dam site violates the Wilderness Act and other environmental laws. The irrigation company wants to replace a deteriorating catwalk and log boom on the nearly century-old...
  • Whitewater Baldy Complex Fire

    05/30/2012 8:37:58 PM PDT · by Carthego delenda est · 14 replies
    Incident Information System ^ | 5-30-2012 | government
    The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team, under the direction of Incident Commander Tony Sciacca, assumed command of the fire at 6:00 a.m. Saturday 5/26. Mandatory evacuations are in place for the community of Mogollon and the Willow Creek Subdivision. Road/Trail/Area closures and Catwalk National Rec Trail Closure are in place on the Gila National Forest. Visit the Gila NF website at www.fs.usda.gov/gila for details. Smoke advisories are in effect. View the Smoke Advisory article under "Announcements" for further information. Smoke projection models are posted in "Photographs." Areas around Albuquerque, Belen, Socorro, Magdalena and Carrizozo will see smoke during...
  • DC Tells Tombstone, AZ They Can Repair Water System, As Long As They Use Horses and Hand Tools

    05/11/2012 9:24:09 PM PDT · by inkling · 29 replies
    All American Blogger ^ | May 11, 2012 | Duane Lester
    This is an incredible story showing how far the federal government is from rational thought. Here’s what happened in Tombstone: Between May and July 2011, the Monument Fire engulfed a large part of the eastern portion of the Huachuca Mountains. Record-breaking monsoon rains followed. With no vegetation to absorb the runoff, huge mudslides forced boulders to tumble down the mountain sides, crushing Tombstone’s mountain spring waterlines, destroying reservoirs and shutting off Tombstone’s main source of water. In some areas, Tombstone’s pipeline is under 12 feet of mud, rocks and other debris; while in other places, it is hanging in mid-air...
  • 3 mushroom-pickers missing in Oregon forest

    02/02/2012 4:37:19 PM PST · by gettinolder · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 02, 2012 | Associated Press
    Excerpt: Authorities on Thursday were searching southwestern Oregon's rugged forests for three missing mushroom pickers who disappeared almost five days ago. Belinda and Daniel Conne, both 47, and their 25-year-old son, Michael, were last seen Sunday at a campground, where they had left behind their camp trailer and two dogs, Curry County sheriff's office said. Deputies found their SUV off a logging road on the western edge of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest on Wednesday, and clothing and mushroom-picking gear were found some distance away. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/02/02/3-mushroom-pickers-missing-in-oregon-forest/#ixzz1lH2LgXNc
  • Wilderness Society cuts staff, citing weak economy

    11/21/2011 7:08:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 11/19/11 | Bettina Boxall
    Wilderness Society cuts staff, citing weak economyBy Bettina Boxall - Los Angeles Times Updated: 11/19/2011 05:48:14 PM PST The weak economy has taken a big bite out of the Wilderness Society, which last week laid off 17 percent of its staff. Headquartered in Washington, the organization is one of the nation's most venerable land preservation groups and has been a major force behind the creation and expansion of the federal wilderness system. After increasing its staff and spending in recent years, the group is retrenching. "The Wilderness Society, like so many other organizations, has been feeling the effects of a...
  • Grizzly attacks 7 teens in Talkeetna Mountains (Bear Spray Only, No Gun)

    07/25/2011 8:28:15 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 182 replies · 2+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | July 24, 2011 | CASEY GROVE
    A grizzly bear sow with a cub attacked a group of teenagers on a month-long survival-skills course Saturday night in the Talkeetna Mountains, causing severe injuries to two of the hikers, according to Alaska State Troopers. (snip) The group was on the 24th day of a 30-day backpacking trip, school spokesman Bruce Palmer said by phone from Wyoming. It was the group's first day unaccompanied by adult instructors, Palmer said. "For the last bit of the course, we would have them travel as a student group without the instructors, utilizing the skills that they've learned over time," Palmer said. (snip)...
  • Obama abandons wilderness plan (Opts to make bigger, better golf courses?)

    06/01/2011 2:48:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Fox 13 Now ^ | 6/01/11 | Matthew Daly
    Obama abandons wilderness planMatthew Daly Associated Press 11:47 a.m. MDT, June 1, 2011 WASHINGTON (AP)— The Obama administration is backing away from a plan to make millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West eligible for federal wilderness protection. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a memo to his agency that officials will not designate any public lands as "wild lands." Instead Salazar said the agency will work with members of Congress to develop recommendations for managing millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West. A copy of the memo was obtained by The Associated Press. Salazar's decision...
  • Obama to abandon Bush-era wilderness policy

    12/23/2010 10:30:30 AM PST · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 12/23/10 | PATRICK REIS
    That could provide consolation for environmental groups whose wilderness bills died in the Senate this week when Majority Leader Harry Reid abandoned his late-session push for a water, lands and wildlife omnibus measure. “As we’ve seen, legislation can take a very long time,” said Nada Culver of the Wilderness Society.
  • Rehberg Statement on Montana Wilderness Bill Being Included in $1.1 Trillion Omnibus

    12/15/2010 12:08:15 PM PST · by The Watcher · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Denny Rehberg ^ | The Watcher
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg released the following statement upon confirming that a new version of Senator Tester’s Wilderness Bill was added to the 1,924-page $1.1 trillion Omnibus Appropriations Bill. Rehberg hosted 22 public meetings specifically about this legislation across the impacted region. He posted the comments and ideas he heard in the “Transparency Center” portion of his congressional website. “This is government at its worst. Montanans have had zero input on this new wilderness bill. It hasn't even had a public hearing in Congress. What's more, Senator Tester is jamming his unpopular bill into yet another trillion...
  • Sen. Bingaman is making a big mistake with his dangerous wilderness bill

    11/25/2010 7:56:20 PM PST · by Outside da Box · 15 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 11/25/2010 | Ron Arnold
    Sen. Jeff Bingaman is being called our worst border security threat. Angry Dona Ana County residents have branded the New Mexico Democrat's Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Wilderness Act as "Bingaman's Bandit Boulevard" for proposing a 50-mile-long safe haven for Mexican drug runners -- and worse. John Hummer, former chairman of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, reminded his community of the no-motorized-vehicle clause in wilderness laws. The Border Patrol can't patrol.... A U.S. Border Patrol document obtained by The Examiner shows the nationality and number of OTMs arrested last year. A few samples: Afghanistan (12); Indonesia (95); Iran (42); Iraq...
  • Federal Study: Border Patrol Agents Burdened by Red Tape

    10/05/2010 2:58:50 PM PDT · by Outside da Box · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/5/2010 | Judson Berger
    Border Patrol agents trying to keep up with the pace of illegal immigration along the southwest border have gotten stuck in a kind of bureaucratic limbo, with a new government report showing federal regulations have stalled projects for months. In one case, it took the Bureau of Land Management almost eight months to issue a permit allowing Border Patrol to move an underground sensor in New Mexico. In another, Border Patrol officials were denied permission to improve maintenance on roads and surveillance in California, forcing the patrol routes north. In another, it took more than four months for the agency...
  • Wilderness: Expansion and (Unlawful) Beneficiary Use

    10/03/2010 2:42:33 PM PDT · by AuntB · 19 replies
    The Westerner ^ | Oct. 3, 2010 | Stephen L. Wilmeth
    The Battle of Juarez is showing signs that the good guys are not prevailing. The Juarez newspaper, El Diario de Juarez, has cried uncle in its mixed stance of reporting the progress of the war. In the front page editorial that appeared recently, the editor waved the white flag and asked the cartels publicly what they want from him. The murder of a photographer and another reporter in the recent past are hitting far too close to home for him to continue to be a brave purveyor of the truth. In a city ravaged by nearly 7,000 deaths since 2006...
  • Wilderness bill puts Teague in a tough spot

    08/04/2010 8:36:43 PM PDT · by Outside da Box · 7 replies
    New Mexico Politics ^ | 8/4/2010 | Heath Haussamen
    The Doña Ana County wilderness bill that New Mexico’s U.S. senators and local activists are trying to push through Congress before the end of the year puts U.S. Rep. Harry Teague in a very tough political spot. The Democratic is in a difficult re-election battle against former GOP U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce. It’s a Republican-leaning district in a Republican leaning year, and Pearce already has an advantage.