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Interior Department Mulls Dropping Greater Sage Grouse Plans

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is reportedly mulling whether to revise federal plans for managing greater sage grouse across most of the West.

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New West Daily Roundup for Jan. 11, 2017

Today in New West news: more energy leases cancelled in Badger-Two Medicine area, Senator Tester meets with Zinke as Montana parties name tentative timeline for replacement candidates, Utah tourism in 2017, and Grand Junction-based medical firm raises $7.6M in funding.

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New West Daily Roundup for Sept. 21, 2016

Today in New West news: Utah releases draft water plan, Chipotle launches food-safety campaign, and an update on the Jon Krakauer case in Missoula.

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New West Daily Roundup for Mar. 29, 2016

National Bison Range

Today in New West news: Canadian bison to be relocated to northern Montana, an update on the greater sage grouse, and Chipotle gets “bearish” assessment.

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USDA, Partners Unveil Sage Grouse Management Map

Sage grouse, greater sage grouse

The USDA’s NRCS is offering people across the West a handy new tool to help them understand and visualize sage grouse territory.

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New West Daily Roundup for Dec. 28, 2015

Today in New West news: climate change and Idaho agriculture, renting vs. buying in Colorado, beer prices in Bozeman, and the merits of Livingston’s Murray Hotel according to Anthony Bourdain.

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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 20, 2015

Colorado River

In New West News: Colorado unemployment drops to four percent, a Cold Water Climate Shield is being mapped across five states, the USDA wants to save Montana bees, and rent for apartments is up in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

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The Hard Questions Of Raising Bison For Supper

Do you know where your meat comes from? Was the animal raised and killed with "compassion?" Do its survivors grieve? Bob Jackson says it all sounds so New Age, so Left of center, so radically alternative, so touchy feely, and yet many Americans are making a conscious shift in their diets and attitudes toward more healthful, natural foods. As the movement gains both cultural and economic momentum, consumers also are facing questions they never pondered before. One of the native edibles appearing increasingly on family dinner menus is bison. Over the last several days, NewWest.Net has carried on a conversation with "Action" Jackson, the bison rancher who first made headlines as an outspoken backcountry ranger who battled big game poachers in the wilds of Yellowstone. But every autumn when he went home to Iowa for the winter, Jackson's lesser-known parallel life took shape as he steadily grew his own bison herd. In this, the conclusion to our interview with Jackson, he takes readers metaphorically and physically into his own backyard where he has enlisted bison to become a better land steward and to tweak the sensibilities of our consumer, fast-food society.

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A Bare-Knuckled Poke At Public Bison Herds In the West

As NewWest.Net's conversation with Bob 'Action' Jackson continues, the former Yellowstone Park backcountry ranger-turned-bison-rancher ignites rhetorical fireworks by offering a blunt assessment of public land management agencies overseeing bison populations across the West. He also takes aim at academics conducting research and teaching students in land grant universities. Jackson's scathing critique reminds many why he was such a divisive figure while working for the National Park Service. But does challenging the status quo make him wrong?

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Bob Jackson on “Bison Culture” And Traditional Ag

Do wild animal populations have their own "culture"? In the first part of NewWest.Net's interview with Bob Jackson, the former Yellowstone ranger turned private bison rancher said there is far more to an animal's relationship with the landscape than meets the human eye. Look closer at bison, he suggests, and one not only sees culture, but matriarchal and patriarchal roles, not unlike those which existed among native American tribes on the western plains. In the second part of a continuing conversation with Jackson, the blunt-talking former civil servant suggests that wildlife biologists, including those working in Yellowstone, need to broaden their perspective and let go of biases, instilled in their thinking by academics, about how wildlife herds actually live. When Jackson suggests that among bison family groups there are grandpa and grandmas, parents and subadults, mentors and students, all carrying out specific functions, is he guilty of anthropomorphising?

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