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Bush Plan Could Allow Drilling in Road-Less California
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Former Forest Service Leaders Asking for Cancellation of Leases on Sacred Land

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Nineteen former U.S. Forest Service Leaders are asking federal officials to cancel all oil and gas leases on land east of Glacier National Park that is considered sacred by Native Americans...

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Forest road closure
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Logging Project Closes Roadway in Sapphire Mountains

A logging operation in the Stevensville Ranger District has shut down a roadway.

"We just want to let the public know that the Stevensville Ranger District has closed Forest Road 428, which is up in the Sapphire Mountains and is part of that three saddle stewardship project that has been going on for several months," said  Bitterroot National Forest Public Affairs Officer Todd McKay...

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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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Koo Koo Sint 1
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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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Forest Service
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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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