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High Country News May 13, 1985

Mining may come to a wilderness

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Mining may come to a wilderness

Taking advantage of the 1872 Mining Law and the exemption in the Wilderness Act, U.S. Borax and the American Smelting and Refining Company want to mine in Montana's Cabinet Mountains.

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The economics of logging will shape Idaho wildlands

The recent decline in Idaho's wood-products industry helps explain why the industry and the Idaho congressional delegation led by Republican Sen. James McClure have fought so fiercely against additional wilderness.

The Montana Legislature gave coal a break

Montana's coal severance tax may still be the highest in the nation at 30 percent, but a portion of that environmental insurance was chipped away during the 1985 Montana Legislature.

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