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Judge places gray wolves back on endangered list
A federal judge in Montana has ordered that gray wolves in the northern Rockies be returned to the endangered species list.

There are about 2,000 wolves in the area after being re-introduced there in 1995. Environmentalists, including the Sierra Club, the Humane Society and others worry that if the hunting the states have planned would cause the number to drop drastically.
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Garmin announces Oregon series for outdoor enthusiasts
Garmin announced today their new touchscreen handhelds for the outdoor enthusiasts. The Oregon series is made up of the 200, 300, 400t, 400c and 400i.

The differences between the 400 series are the preloaded maps that they come with. The 400t includes 3D topographic maps, the 400i includes freshwater maps and the 400c has saltwater maps. The 300 has a shaded relief world basemap and the 200 a basemap that can be added to with additional maps or charts.

All of the new models, except the 200 allow you to exchange tracks, routes and geocaches with each other. Each of the models includes a barometric altimeter and electronic compass.

Garmin specs these units at 6.8 ounces and a battery life of 16 hours. They are also waterproof, but unfortunately they do not float.
Want to get away from the cars?
CNN.com has an article called 10 scenic spots with no cars.

The article mentions places like Mackinac Island, Michigan where cars are prohibited. Visit CNN at the link above to learn more.
320,000 acres of Plum Creek Timber Company-owned land purchased by two conservation groups
It is being called the largest land purchase, for conservation purposes, in American history.

The Nature Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land are buying the Montana acreage for $510 million.

Visit NetWest.net for the entire story.
Watch the heat when you head out to your favorite park this summer
Summer is a great time to take the kids out to one of your nearby state parks for some adventure and family fun. Grab a tent and spend the weekend hiking, fishing and making s'mores.

Summer brings heat and lots of sun exposure. Be sure that you take plenty of water with you, Take more than you think you will need. When it is hot out you need more than your thirst indicates. You may need a quart or more per hour.

Use a good quality sun screen with an SPF of 30 or higher, especially on children.

Watch out for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat related illnesses can be life threatening. For information on heat related illness visit the CDC Extreme Heat website.

Plan your activities for the times before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. to avoid the hottest part of the day.

Remember that children and the elderly are affected more easily than others.
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