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Steve Daines Challenges Forest Service Proposal to Charge for Photographs on Public Lands

The U.S. Forest Service is currently asking for public comment on whether or not it should require "special use permits related to still photography and commercial filming in congressionally designated wilderness areas."  Montana Congressman Steve Daines says the plan threatens the First Amendment rights of U.S. citizens.

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Forest Service
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Forest Service to Move Out of Downtown Missoula, No Plans to Fill Vacant Building

The Region 1 offices for the U.S. Forest Service will be moving in the near future out of downtown Missoula.

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Thompson River Complex Mushrooms to Over 600 Acres [AUDIO]

The Thompson River Complex, four lightning-caused fires burning in very steep, rocky terrain, discovered Aug. 1, continues to be managed by an ICT 3 management team on the Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District on the west side of the Lolo National Forest.

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Petty Creek Fire
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Five Acre Wildfire Burning in Petty Creek Area [AUDIO] [VIDEO]

Personnel from Frenchtown Rural Fire, along with state and federal agencies are battling a five-acre blaze currently burning in the Petty Creek area west of Missoula.

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Neptune Aviation Jet Tanker
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Tester Urges Forest Service to Hurry Prep for Upcoming Fire Season

With Montana’s fire season around the corner, Senator Jon Tester urged the Forest Service on Wednesday to make sure Montanans will be protected from this year’s wildfires.

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Missoula County Resource Advisory Committee Recommends Projects to Fund Efforts to Benefit Public Lands Within County

The Missoula County Resource Advisory Committee recommended nine projects on Monday to fund efforts such as noxious weed control and trail maintenance to benefit public lands within the county.

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Bull Trout
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Lolo Biologist, Trout Unlimited, Nez Perce Tribe Recognized for Work

The work of Lolo National Forest Fish Biologist Shane Hendrickson was recognized by the American Fisheries Society, and the contributions of the Nez Perce Tribe and local Montana chapter Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited were recognized with Forest Service Rise to the Future awards.

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West Mullan Fire
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West Mullan Fire 60% Contained – $7 Million Spent So Far [AUDIO]

Tuesday was a good day for firefighters battling the West Mullan Fire near Superior. Fire Information Officer Pat McKelvey said late Tuesday that the fire is now about 60% contained.

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Rainbow Family Gathering Ends, National Forest Service Incident Managmenet Team Leaving

Today, July 8, the National Forest Service Incident Management Team that has been monitoring the Rainbow Family gathering in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest will close up shop.The announcement comes one day after the Rainbow Family gathering officially ended

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Monday Lightning Storm Sparks Two Small Missoula-Area Fires [AUDIO]

The Western Montana sky exploded with lightning strikes and brief, heavy rains starting at about 6:00 a.m. Monday, as a summer storm swept through the Bitterroot, Missoula, and the Blackfoot areas. The lightning sparked at least two small fires.

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