Appeals court halts logging in Rat Creek Salvage project


A federal appeals court has blocked the U.S. Forest Service from logging trees on more than 1,600 acres of burned forest in southwestern Montana, but the agency says most of the timber already has been harvested.

Judge Halts Proposed Biathlon Course Near Helena



HELENA – A federal judge has put a halt to the Montana Army National Guard's proposed biathlon course near MacDonald Pass west of Helena, saying a look into the environmental effects of the project was inadequate.

Victory on Colt Summit Timber Sale (press release 6.21.12)


 JUNE 21, 2012

(Montana) - Calling it “a great win for the lynx,” Mike Garrity, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, announced that Federal District Judge Donald W. Molloy halted the Colt Summit Timber Sale on the Seeley Lake Ranger District on June 20th.

Swan Valley: Molloy ruling halts collaborative timber sale



Tourists on Highway 83 get one of their best views of the Mission Mountains and Swan Range at the Summit Lake viewpoint. It’s also one of the few places where a cellphone can get a signal in the isolated Seeley-Swan Valley.

But shared visions and communications stumbled last week on the Colt-Summit timber sale.

The project was heralded earlier this year as the model for a new kind of collaborative forest management, where lumber mills and conservation groups work with the U.S. Forest Service on tasks everyone agrees are needed.

Colt Summit Update: FS Confirms Restoration Work Under Contract



(Montana) - Much ado is being made about the Colt Summit logging and restoration project on the Lolo National Forest.  In fact, last week The Wilderness Society, Montana Wilderness Association, National Wildlife Federation and Yaak Valley Forest Council joined with the Montana Logging Association, Montana Wood Products Association and others to actually file a “friend of the court” brief in support of this logging project.

GEORGE OCHENSKI: Let the state hear you want wolverine trapping to end


Last week’s column focused on a petition filed with the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission seeking to end the trapping of wolverines. Montana is home to most of what’s left of these incredible and once widespread animals and the only state in the Lower 48 to allow wolverine trapping.

GEORGE OCHENSKI: A call to end wolverine trapping


“If wolverines have a strategy, it’s this: Go hard, and high, and steep, and never back down, not even for the biggest grizzly, and least of all from a mountain. Climb everything: trees, cliffs, avalanche chutes, summits. Eat everybody: alive, dead, long-dead, moose, mouse, fox, frog, its still warm heart or frozen bones.”

Groups call for halt to wolverine trapping



HELENA — In 2007, a wolverine fitted with a GPS tracking device summited Glacier National Park’s highest peak, Mount Cleveland, in the middle of winter. Known as “M3” to researchers, the wolverine climbed the last 4,900 feet to Mount Cleveland’s 10,466-foot summit in 90 minutes, according to wolverine researcher Douglas Chadwick’s 2010 book “The Wolverine Way.”

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