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Wildfire is inevitable. But prescribed burning—careful, intentionally set fire—could help manage the risks.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/more-good-fire-could-help-california-control-future-catastrophes

Using a drip torch, a forest manager lights a prescribed burn in the Modoc National Forest in the northeast corner of California. Experts suggest the state should burn about one million acres a year to help control its wildfire…
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The Long History Of Uranium Mining On The Arizona Strip

https://kjzz.org/content/1699769/long-history-uranium-mining-arizona-strip

Kanab North uranium mine, located near Kanab Creek, north of the Grand Canyon, in 2006. The mine has since been reclaimed.

Part 1: Boom and Bust

In the boom years, things were different. There was a sense of patriotism in the air as prospectors fanned out across remote corners of the Colorado Plateau…

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Colorado Water Conservation Board not yet ready to adopt next-steps timeline

Lake Powell is shown here, in its reach between where the Escalante and San Juan rivers enter the reservoir, in an October 2018 aerial photo from the nonprofit environmental group EcoFlight. Colorado water managers are considering the implications of a program known as…

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https://magicvalley.com/news/local/watch-now-officials-tour-proposed-wind-farm-site-from-above/article_3097889f-2db1-5a46-8527-1e8bb855ac8e.html

Lava Ridge Wind Proposal flight
Ben Otto, an energy associate with the Idaho Conservation League, talks about the plans for the Lava Ridge Wind Proposal on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, during an EcoFlight tour of the project area near Shoshone.PAT SUTPHIN TIMES-NEWS

TWIN FALLS — Soaring above the Magic Valley, county…

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https://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/environment/2021-07-22/restart-mining-historic-stibnite-district-raise-environmental-concerns

The U.S. Forest Service has asked Perpetua Resources — the company wanting to re-open and expand the Stibnite Mine east of McCall — for more information on the potential environmental impacts of its revised plan. That change means a decision on the mine won’t come until well into 2023. The site has a…

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https://www.kivitv.com/news/outdoors/ecoflight-in-idaho-gives-conservation-groups-a-sky-high-look-at-different-development-projects

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IDAHO — Several areas in Idaho are under scrutiny for the possible development of everything from housing to wind farms. One nonprofit, EcoFlight, wants to give conservation groups a better look at these projects by taking to the sky.

Bruce Gordon started EcoFlight in 2000 after seeing resource extraction companies had…

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“As long as the project can make sure that it is sensitive to our grazers, I think that it presents a lot of opportunities for the area.”

https://www.kmvt.com/2021/07/22/southern-idaho-leaders-gain-new-perspective-lava-ridge-wind-proposal/

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Leaders of the Magic Valley took a flight to further the discussion about how the Lava Ridge Wind Proposal could bring jobs, energy and…

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https://www.rangerreview.com/gov-gianforte-shows-support-responsible-expansion-river-access

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Gov. Greg Gianforte spoke at an event in Forsyth held to highlight the need for recreational access along the Yellowstone River in Southeast Montana.

Governor Greg Gianforte gave his first public remarks on the Lower Yellowstone River Coalition’s…

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https://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/fwp-launching-committee-to-guide-4m-in-lower-yellowstone-river-projects/article_9931d129-5405-5c43-af16-df7263979be9.html

Confluence of Powder and Yellowstone Rivers
The confluence of the Powder and Yellowstone Rivers is pictured in 2017. LARRY MAYER, Billings Gazette


Portions of the Yellowstone River in southeastern Montana will become springs for economic and recreational development in the coming months.

Local residents along a 163-mile stretch of the river will be informing…

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