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Wyoming public policy experts discuss collaboration in resolving natural resource disputes

Former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Director John Turner, left, speaks Monday during a panel discussion in Cody that included, from left, former Environmental Protection Administration head William Ruckelshaus, former Sen. Alan Simpson and former Wyoming Gov. Mike Sullivan. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate - click to enlarge)

Managing high-profile public lands, especially national parks like Yellowstone and Grand Teton, often means navigating a minefield of public passions over hot-button issues like snowmobiles, wolves, bison and grizzly bears, just to name a few. Inevitably, it seems, disagreements over such topics end up being settled not in planning sessions, public forums or at bargaining tables, but in the courts. Or worse still, even the courts appear unable to offer a final and workable solution for the most contested natural resource management issues, as has been the case for the past several years with snowmobiles, wolves, bison and grizzly bears. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone gateway businesses join effort to highlight Montana tourism industry

Livingston, Mont. and other gateway towns around Yellowstone National Park rely heavily on tourism to drive their local economies. (Montana Office of Tourism - click to enlarge)

As Memorial Day approaches, and with it the start of the summer travel season, members of the tourism industry around Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are pushing to make sure legislators are aware of their economic clout. In towns across Montana last week, including in the Yellowstone National Park gateway communities of Gardiner and Livingston, tourism industry professionals hosted open houses and special events with legislators and candidates as part of a National Tourism Week event. Continue Reading →

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