Associated Press

Wyoming forest plan criticized by state, local leaders

The Wyoming State Forestry Division and area government leaders have formally objected to prohibiting cutting trees in a proposed Palisades wilderness area abutting the west side of Jackson Hole. Conservationists and biologists are urging review of the region’s suitability for wilderness and more thorough study.

Dog hunts for poachers, endangered species in Colorado

Dog trained to sniff out scents of 11 commonly hunted species including moose, deer, waterfowl and pronghorn. This skill will help McArdle and other officers find evidence and traces of illegally killed animals during poaching investigations. This particular dog, too, is trained to smell the black-footed ferret and the boreal toad, which are species of concern in Colorado.

Little-used Montana trail a modern-day spring destination

Today, the Blackfoot has become a popular trout stream after years of mining pollution was cleared up. The rails have been recycled and a new forest has grown up around the ancient stumps. Thousands of acres of private timberland owned by Plum Creek Timber Co. have been sold to The Nature Conservancy, which has transferred significant chunks to the federal Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service.

Montana’s Diane Boyd: The Jane Goodall of wolves

Now, nearly four decades after she first arrived in Montana from Minnesota and following years of non-wolf work, Diane Boyd has orbited back to her professional origins with her new role as wolf management and carnivore specialist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Region 1.