Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Y2Y Newsletter

As a one-time thing, I thought I'd pass on the news
from today's edition of the weekly newsletter from
the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.
This is a handy compilation of eco/wildlife news of
the area; you can sign up at http://www.y2y.net
if you'd like future editions.


January 26, 2011
FEATURE ARTICLE

Forest rejects oil, gas leases in Wyo. Range
Jackson Hole News and Guide - The Forest Service will not allow development on 44,720 acres of contested oil and gas leases in the Wyoming Range, officials announced Tuesday.

ALSO IN THE NEWS

Tribes return to hunt Yellowstone Park bison
Billings Gazette - After more than 100 years, members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will return to their traditional hunting grounds near Yellowstone National Park to pursue bison this winter.

Grizzly bears moving out of core habitats, changing management message
Missoulian - If we care about keeping grizzly bears alive, perhaps we should worry less about how they die. The idea won a serious listen at last week's Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee work session in Missoula.

Number of brown trout in Bitterroot River on the rise
Missoulian - In places like the east and west forks of the Bitterroot River, brown trout populations have quadrupled over the last decade. They've also taken hold in some of the valley's major creeks where native trout species once thrived.

Farmers, land activists balk at proposed overhaul to Alberta well density rules
Calgary Herald - Alberta's energy regulator is proposing major changes to the rules governing oil and gas well density, a move that will cut red tape for the industry but is ringing alarm bells for environmentalists and rural Albertans.

Design picked for wildlife crossing
New York Times - At a picturesque spot in the mountains near the ski resorts of Vail and Breckenridge, Colo., two streams of traffic converge: people driving east and west on Interstate 70, and animals - black bears, cougars, bobcats, elk and deer - headed north and south to feed and mate.






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