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To reduce potential for large wildfires, maintain resilient landscapes, and improve overall forest health, the Bitterroot National Forest is planning to implement spring prescribed burning projects as early as next week.

A very big wildland fire burned across more than 257,000 acres, or 400 square miles, of California in 2013, including parts of Yosemite National Park. Named the Rim fire, it was the largest fire ever recorded in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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Why not use this creative tome as the centerpiece of a wild and wonderful weekend with the kids? Read Maurice Sendak’s colorful book, then visit your local park, or walk through a nearby forest and discuss the adventures of young Max, the main character. Top off the weekend by streaming the Spike Jonze movie of the same name on Netflix. The whole family will enjoy the mix of real actors, computer animation and live puppeteering, the combination of which brings the story to life. Let the wild rumpus begin.

Senator Steve Daines is a fight-generation Montanan, who like all of us, is far too familiar with the impact wildfires can have on our lives. …

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Seven recommended new wilderness areas, an average annual logging output of 23 million board feet, motorized access to 1,140 miles of trail and guidelines for allowing bison to roam like wildlife outside of Yellowstone National Park are just some of the many details in the Custer Gallatin National Forest’s recently released plan.

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As June's primary election nears, the Ravalli Republic is running Q&As with candidates for legislative offices in western Montana. HD88 Republican incumbent Rep. Sharon Greef faces challenges from James Crews and Scott Roy McLean in the primary election. No Democrat filed. 

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If mountain gorillas are at the top of your must-see-wildlife list, the forests in Uganda and Rwanda provide a stunning setting to see the impressive animals. An endangered species, there are reportedly just over 1,000 mountain gorillas in the wild today, due to habitat loss, disease and poaching. These majestic mammals live at elevations of 8,000 to 13,000 feet, stand 4 to 5-and-a-half feet when standing and weigh up to 440 pounds.

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