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Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jun. 16, 2021 13:43 PM EDT

(Charleston) Post and Courier. June 13, 2021. Editorial: The court has spoken. Now it’s time to conserve Captain Sam’s Spit for all of us forever The owners of the southernmost parcel on Kiawah Island, known by most as Captain Sam’s Spit, have...

DNR enrolling property owners in hunting access program

Jun. 12, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources is enrolling private property owners in some parts of the state in a program that pays them to allow controlled public hunting access on their land. Interested landowners should have at least 40 acres...

US senator weighs in on New Mexico stream access fight

Jun. 08, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich is weighing in on a long-running dispute in New Mexico over public access to rivers and streams that flow through private property. The Democratic lawmaker is taking aim at a rule adopted by the state Game Commission...

Jemez-area ranch purchase to expand Santa Fe National Forest

Jun. 05, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

The federal government plans to purchase a private ranch in the Jemez River Valley to expand the Santa Fe National Forest io northern New Mexico. Acquisition of the 3.1 square miles will both protect land rich in natural and cultural resources and provide public access to...

NJ threat to beach funds halts town's resident-only parking

Jun. 02, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

DEAL, N.J. (AP) — A Jersey Shore town with a long history of trying to discourage outsiders from using its beaches postponed its latest attempt Wednesday after state officials threatened future beach replenishment and storm repair funding. Deal's Board of Commissioners...

Jersey shore town postpones resident-only parking near beach

May. 31, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

DEAL, N.J. (AP) — A Jersey shore community is backing off its latest attempt to restrict parking near the beach to residents only. Deal's Board of Commissioners was scheduled to vote Tuesday morning on an ordinance that would limit parking on several streets nearest the...

NJ beaches paid for by all, but parking keeps outsiders away

May. 21, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

DEAL, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's wide, sandy beaches have been paid for by taxpayers across the U.S., from wheat farmers in Kansas to fishermen in Alaska. But for decades, local governments in some Jersey Shore towns — and elsewhere around the country — have used a...

Grants available for urban tree planting in Tennessee

Apr. 29, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Agriculture Department is accepting applications for urban forestry tree planting projects. The department said Wednesday that the Division of Forestry will be taking grant applications under the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement...

Connecticut to expand access to parks, beaches, camping

Apr. 09, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

Connecticut is planning to provide full access this summer to its outdoor recreation areas including state parks, camp grounds, shoreline beaches, boat launches and inland swimming spots, after providing partial access to its park system last summer even at the height of the pandemic. ...

Maui considers reserving beach parking for residents

Apr. 08, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The Maui County Council is considering measures that would reserve at least half of all public beach access parking for residents and for visitors to be charged parking fees. The proposals came as frustration has increased because of overcrowding...