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Louisiana gators thrive, so farmers' return quota may drop

Oct. 17, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Once-endangered alligators are thriving in the wild, so Louisiana authorities are proposing a deep cut in the percentage that farmers must return to marshes where their eggs were laid. “Over the past 50 years, alligator nest surveys have increased...

Prominent Indiana environmentalist leaving leadership post

Oct. 16, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of Indiana’s most prominent environmental activists has decided to leave his leadership position. The Hoosier Environmental Council announced earlier this month that Jesse Kharbanda will be stepping down as its executive director after 14 years...

Maine land preservation program reactivated after 4 years

Oct. 16, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A land preservation program in Maine will be used to provide money for conservation for the first time since 2017. The administration of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said it is asking for proposals for conservation and recreation projects via the...

New law allows bass to be farm-raised, sold in markets

Oct. 16, 2021 03:21 AM EDT

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Coming soon to your neighborhood seafood market: farm-raised Florida largemouth bass. Thanks to a law passed this spring, bass will expand its popularity from a favorite fishing target to the seafood sales list in the Sunshine State. At face...

Feds agree to keep cattle out of northern Arizona rivers

Oct. 14, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Federal land-management agencies have agreed to do more to keep cattle from grazing in sensitive habitat for threatened and endangered species in the Verde River watershed, settling a lawsuit filed by environmental groups. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

Solar firm buys carbon offset outfit, both tied to ex-gov

Oct. 14, 2021 07:04 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee solar energy firm has bought an organization that helps companies offset their carbon emissions by funding new solar farms, both of which a former governor helped establish. A news release Thursday says Silicon Ranch Corp. has...

Tennessee man ordered to pay state for timber theft

Oct. 14, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man has been ordered to pay restitution for illegally taking timber logs from Bledsoe State Forest in Tennessee, state agriculture officials said. John T. Simmons of Pikeville was charged in June with theft, trespass and vandalism after he was...

The AP Interview: NZ climate chief to aim higher at UN talks

Oct. 13, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has shown that humans are very good at responding to an immediate crisis, says New Zealand's Climate Change Minister James Shaw. But when it comes to dealing with a slower-moving threat like climate change, he says, we're “terribly...

Biden appoints Debra Shore to lead EPA Midwestern office

Oct. 12, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday appointed Debra Shore, a wastewater treatment official in Chicago, to direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Midwestern office. Shore will oversee EPA's Region 5, which includes Illinois, Indiana,...

North Dakota land commissioner leaves 5 months into 2nd term

Oct. 12, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The head of the agency that handles land rights for some of North Dakota's largest industries has resigned less than five months into her second term, the governor's office said Tuesday. Department of Trust Lands Commissioner Jodi Smith is stepping...