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Photo compliments of: Big Sky Country Photos Question: Montana is 550 miles across (east to west). Is that greater than, less than, or equal to the distance from Chicago to New York City? Answer: About equal to, as the crow flies

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Source: Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences – University of Florida  A breakthrough in pine tree breeding will lead to forests better adapted to climate change and bioenergy use, University of Florida researchers report. The improved forests will stem from a genetic technique the researchers have developed that can create new tree varieties in half the […]

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Source – Rapid City Journal  Battle lines in the war against the mountain pine beetle are shifting north in the Black Hills, as hordes of the burrowing bugs emerge from dying pine trees to infect whole new sections of forest. The spread of the beetle, which has already been estimated by U.S. Forest Service specialists […]

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Picture from: Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Question: The paddlefish, found in the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers in Montana, is found in what one other place in the world? Answer: The Yangtze in China

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By Rob Chaney of the Missoulian After several years of contractions and downturns, what remains of Montana’s timber industry may find a sustainable level of work. “All the mills have their log prices in line with what the lumber prices are,” said Craig Rawlings, publisher of Smallwood News and owner of Timber Buy-Sell.com. “They’ve curtailed, tightened […]

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Source: Missioulian Photo compliments of: Big Sky Country Photos Nearly everyone – environmental groups, timber companies, private landowners and public lands agencies – would agree that land management decisions are best made outside the courtroom. Years of bitter legal disputes have demonstrated that the vast majority of problems are best solved out of court, so […]

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Source: Missoulian Picture compliments of: Big Sky Country Photos Calling wood a “green building material” seems redundant. Nevertheless, the U.S. Forest Service has published a study arguing the American building industry has overlooked that fact. Its authors want more recognition of how wood takes less energy to fabricate, releases less carbon into the atmosphere and […]

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Picture compliments of: Big Sky Country Photos Question- From 70 Fahrenheit below zero to 117 Fahrenheit above, Montana has the greatest temperature range of any state with 187 degrees Fahrenheit. Which state comes in second? Answer- North Dakota. With a range of 181 degrees Fahrenheit, Alaska is third with a 180 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Source: Duluth News Tribune Federal Forest Resource Coalition Pushes Feds for More Timber A group of timber industry leaders from across the country announced Thursday that they have formed a new lobbying group and opened a Washington office. The new Federal Forest Resource Coalition plans to press for increased timber sales on national forests. Howard […]

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Source: Montana Restoration Picture compliments of: Big Sky Country Photos  Four groups have filed a lawsuit on a forest project near Seeley Lake, which has local supporters of forest restoration and collaboration, which aims to reduce these types of forest conflicts, scratching their heads. According to Anne Dahl, President of the Swan Ecosystem Center, The […]

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Source: Missoulian   A lawsuit challenging a timber sale north of Seeley Lake shows either the U.S. Forest Service can’t follow the law or some environmental groups can’t agree to work together. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Wild Swan, Montana Ecosystem Defense Council and Native Ecosystems Council all sued the Forest […]

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Picture compliments of: Big Sky Country Photos We live in an incredible state so for fun we thought we’d post a Montana trivia question once a week. Montana Trivia Question #1  Question– What town holds the national record for the greatest drop in temperature in 24 hours, for a 100 degree drop on January 23, […]

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Most of our customers know we live in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. What many don’t know is that a small little beetle (Mountain Pine Beetle) about the size of a grain of rice has killed millions of acres across Montana, the Western U.S. and Canada. So what happens to these trees? After the […]

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Source – Missoulian Montana received a $4 million federal grant Wednesday to purchase a 9,300-acre conservation easement from Stimson Lumber Co. near Troy. The easement will help protect some of the state’s best native fisheries and wildlife habitat, officials said. The grant was announced by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and awarded through […]

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A friend of mine in the lumber industry asked if our Douglas Fir flooring could be classified as an exotic wood. Being that I live in Montana and see Douglas Fir trees every day I never looked at it as being exotic. It wasn’t until I started to look into the term “exotic wood” that […]

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