In the Rockies today, the financial side of wildfires, environmental regulations in Canada and large parcels of land in western Montana are listed for sale.
Rocky Barker at the Idaho Statesman takes a look at the U.S. Forest Service's "suppress all" wildfire policy and federal finances that led to that policy, and the Associated Press examines how this year's fewer, but larger wildfires have affected states' budgets.
In Alberta, the province's regional conservation plan for the Athabasca region that takes effect on Sept. 1 will require the province to buy energy leases from 19 companies, and there are already questions just how those oilsands leases will be valued.
Changes to Canada's Environmental Assessment Act means the federal government will not continue environmental reviews on 492 projects in British Columbia.
And in western Montana, Plum Creek Timber has listed several large parcels of its lands for sale, including some in important wildlife corridors.