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Otter Season Will Close In Trapping District 3

Montana FWP - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:30
The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission will close the season for trapping otters in Trapping District 3 in western Montana at midnight on Friday, April 4, 2014.

Washington ATV Association Participates In 9th Annual Great Gravel Pack

Blue Ribbon Coalition - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:46

In the midst of all the challenges with trails we hear about every day, here’s a positive event that happened last weekend in Washington State. The Washington ATV Association (WAATVA) made a short video about the event (see below).

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Forest Service Chief Cites Successes, Challenges in Testimony on FY15 Budget

US Forest Service - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 00:00
WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 —In testimony today before the House Appropriations Committee, Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell cited three key areas of focus for the FY 2015 President’s Budget of $4.77 billion for the Forest Service: restoring resilient landscapes, building thriving communities, and managing wildland fires.

Be Aware of Bison on Highway 89

Montana FWP - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 11:12
This is the time of year bison migrate out of Yellowstone National Park in greater numbers leaving the snow and higher elevation behind them to roam adjacent lands in Montana. Right now, bison are distributed throughout the Gardiner basin, and many are foraging within the Highway 89 corridor. For this reason, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is urging caution when traveling the southern portion of Highway 89. Drivers should pay particular attention south of Yankee Jim Canyon and reduce speed during nighttime hours.

Mallard's Rest FAS Reopens

Montana FWP - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:25
After a winter-long closure, Mallard’s Rest Fishing Access Site on the Yellowstone River reopened Monday. The site – south of Livingston – had been closed since mid-December after a large ice jam caused major flooding and a number of maintenance issues. FWP decided to reopen the site once the road became safe to drive and the boat ramp became accessible.

USDA Deputy Under Secretary promotes environmental justice goals

US Forest Service - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 00:00
Late last month, I was privileged to deliver the keynote address at the 2014 National Environmental Justice Conference here in Washington.

F&W Commission To Meet In Helena April 9-10

Montana FWP - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 15:43
Montana's Fish & Wildlife Commission will meet in Helena April 9-10 for a work session with the Parks and Recreation Board and for its regular business meeting.

FWP Seeks Relocation Proposals For Bison In Quarantine Program

Montana FWP - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:54
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking proposals from groups and agencies capable of taking up to approximately 135 disease-free bison to establish new or augment existing bison herds for conservation purposes.

Helicopter Being Used for Some Region 6 Fish Stocking

Montana FWP - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:01
For the first time, the Fort Peck Multi-Species Fish Hatchery will be using one of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks helicopters to stock fingerling rainbow trout to many Region 6 public and private ponds that are opened for public fishing.

USDA publications shine on US Government Bookstore bestseller list

US Forest Service - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 00:00
The U.S. Government Bookstore, the place where you can buy the 2014 Counterterrorism Calendar for $20 or a loose-leaf copy of the Export Administration Regulation 2013 edition for $199, released its list of best-selling publications for 2013 that includes several items published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Honoring fallen law enforcement heroes in western North Carolina

US Forest Service - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 00:00
Law-enforcement peers, U.S. Forest Service employees, dignitaries and friends gathered at the McDowell County High School in Marion, N.C. on March 17 to honor Forest Service law enforcement officer Jason Crisp and his K-9 partner, Maros. Among the memorial service attendees were 75 K-9 officers and their partners who paid tribute to both fallen officers.

NORTH CAROLINA - Nantahala & Pisgah NF - Times Announced for Next Plan Revision Session

Blue Ribbon Coalition - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 10:11

The U.S. Forest Service has announced the times for the April 17, 2014, public session to be held as part of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests management plan revision. A discussion on wilderness and special designated areas will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with a drop-in session on the Scenery Management System following. If you are interested in participating in the wilderness and/or designated areas discussion,

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Montana and NPS to Develop New Bison Management Plan

Montana FWP - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:14
The National Park Service (NPS) and the State of Montana (State) have agreed to prepare a joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to consider possible changes for managing wild Yellowstone bison and the non-native disease brucellosis.

Hunter And Bowhunter Education Instructors Honored

Montana FWP - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:07
Twenty Helena-area hunter and bowhunter volunteer instructors who taught and certified nearly 650 students in classes across the region last year were recently honored by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

2014 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge - 15 Years of Innovation

Blue Ribbon Coalition - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:35

The SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge is an annual snowmobile event where teams build and modify existing snowmobiles and compete in multiple events based on improvements in design, emissions, noise, fuel economy, cold start ability, acceleration, handling, and overall performance.

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COLORADO - BLM - Colorado River Valley FO Releases Proposed RMP and FEIS

Blue Ribbon Coalition - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:33

The Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Colorado River Valley Field Office in northwestern Colorado are now available to the public. The document can be found on the Colorado River Valley Field Office website at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/crvfo.html. The plan will provide a framework to guide subsequent management decisions on 505,200 surface acres and 707,200 acres of sub

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COLORADO - BLM - Kremmling FO Proposed RMP and FEIS Available

Blue Ribbon Coalition - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 16:25

The Proposed Resource Management Plan (PRMP) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Kremmling Field Office are now available to the public. The document can be found on the Kremmling Field Office internet site at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/kfo.html. If for some reason you cannot access this site, you may contact the BLM at 970-724-3000 and request a DVD be mailed to you. There are very few hard copies; therefore, if you want to review a hard copy, they will be available at

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UTAH - BLM - Price FO Announces Recreation Planning Meeting

Blue Ribbon Coalition - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 16:09

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Price Field Office has announced that there will be a recreation planning meeting held at the BLM Price Field Office (125 S 600 W, Price, UT) on Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The agenda for the meeting includes the discussion of current and future recreation projects. Anyone interested in outdoor recreation on BLM managed lands in Carbon and Emery Counties is welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Jaydon Mead,

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Backpacking With Kids at Montana Wild April 26

Montana FWP - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:53
Help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act on April 26 at Montana Wild by learning how to take kids backpacking.

Bear and Mountain Lion Awareness at Montana Wild April 24

Montana FWP - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:52
Get bear and lion aware at on April 24 at Montana Wild and learn how to avoid mountain lion and bear encounters and how to keep pets and livestock safe.
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