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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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rainbow family
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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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Rainbow Family
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Rainbow Family Selects Event Location in Montana, Up to 20,000 Members Expected in Coming Weeks

A National Forest Service incident management team estimates that between 7,000 and 20,000 members of the Rainbow Family of Living Light will be arriving in Montana over the next few weeks.

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slurry bomber
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Missoula’s Neptune Aviation Loses Expected Forest Service Contract, Millions Already Spent

Missoula's Neptune Aviation heard bad news this week when the U.S. Forest Service announced the winners of lucrative contracts for developing the next generation of firefighting air tankers.

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USFS Logo
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Governor Steve Bullock “Still Considering” Whether to Send Money Back to the U.S. Forest Service After Sequester

The National Forest Service is demanding that states give back money originally intended for the development of roadways and schools.

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horseback trail ride
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Update – Florence Woman Died of Heart Attack While Riding [NEW AUDIO]

A 68 year-old Florence woman was found dead Tuesday afternoon on a horseback riding trail near Larry Creek in the Bitterroot National Forest.

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