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Conservation groups sue government over Alaska mining road

Aug. 5, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Conservation groups filed a lawsuit challenging a right-of-way permit through the Northwest Alaska wilderness for an industrial road to the Ambler mining district that was approved by the federal government. Trustees for Alaska and the Western Mining Action Project filed the...

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Trump signs $3B-a-year plan to boost conservation, parks

Aug. 4, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed legislation Tuesday that will devote nearly $3 billion a year to conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands following its overwhelming approval by both parties in Congress. “There hasn’t...

Fire burns over 11,000 acres along Utah-Arizona border

Aug. 4, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A fire burning along the Utah-Arizona border grew over the weekend, burning more than 11,000 acres (4,500 hectares) of grass, brush and woodland habitat, officials said. The Bureau of Land Management offices in Utah and Arizona reported that one house and four outbuildings were...

2 community forests expand to protect water, wildlife

Aug. 4, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

GORHAM, N.H. (AP) — One of the oldest and one of the newest community forests in New Hampshire have added to their size, to protect drinking water, wildlife, and recreation, in partnership with The Conservation Fund. The Gorham Town Forest added 2,020 acres and the Milan Community Forest added 678 acres....

Tennessee forestry offers help with wildland fire protection

Aug. 3, 2020 4:04 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry is administering grants to help communities protect their homes from wildland fires. The federal grants offer up to $20,000 for communities to implement wildfire hazard mitigation, prevention, and community...

Don't open those mystery seed packets, Maine officials say

Aug. 2, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine agriculture authorities are asking residents who receive unsolicited packages of seeds from China in the mail to avoid opening them and contact the state. People around the country have reported receiving the packages. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and...

Alice Strunck visits the site of natural springs that feed the Devils River on her family's Hudspeth River Ranch in Val Verde County north of Comstock, Texas, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Her family has owned the ranch since 1905 and encompasses part of the Devils River and several springs that feed it. (Jerry Lara/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

Wind farms threaten West Texas river and Air Force routes

Aug. 2, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

COMSTOCK, Texas (AP) — Exactly how the Devils River got its forbidding name is lost to history, but there is little doubt the harsh terrain and fierce natives who once reigned here played a role. “It is far from any habitation, in a barren waste surrounded by hostile Comanches, but it is a beautiful...

Grants to help ensure health of Massachusetts bays

Aug. 1, 2020 8:04 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Several environmental organizations are sharing a nearly $100,000 grant to help improve the health of the ecosystems of Ipswich Bay, Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay. The federal funds will be matched by almost $200,000 in municipal and private contributions, according to the state Office...

FILE - In this May 8, 2003, file photo, a Northern Spotted Owl flies after an elusive mouse jumping off the end of a stick in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore.. The Trump administration is moving to restrict what land and water can be declared as

US officials seek limits on "habitat" for imperiled species

Jul. 31, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to restrict what land and water areas can be declared as “habitat” for imperiled plants and animals — potentially excluding locations that species could use in the future as climate change upends ecosystems. An administration...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2015, file photo, oil pump jacks are seen in McKenzie County, in western North Dakota. The Trump administration is seeking to ease more rules for oil and gas drilling that were adopted under the Obama administration, with the latest changes projected to save energy companies almost $140 million over the next decade. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Trump administration easing more Obama-era oil and gas rules

Jul. 30, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is seeking to ease more rules for oil and gas drilling that were adopted under the Obama administration, with the latest changes projected to save energy companies more than $130 million over the next decade. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management proposal would...