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Haaland touts Acadia National Park work during Maine visit

Jun. 18, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

WINTER HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland detailed a host of improvements and investments at Maine's only national park during a visit to the state on Friday. Haaland touted the improvements on a day she toured Acadia National Park, one of the biggest...

Las Vegas pushes land swap to balance growth, conservation

Jun. 18, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Record-breaking heat and historic drought in the U.S. West are doing little to discourage cities from planning to welcome millions of new residents in the decades ahead. From Phoenix to Boise, officials are preparing for a future both with more...

EPA chief reinstates science advisory board he dismantled

Jun. 18, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he has fully reinstated one of two key advisory boards he dismantled earlier this year in a push for “scientific integrity” at the agency. The new seven-member Clean Air Scientific...

Montana fire aircraft temporarily sidelined after crash

Jun. 17, 2021 22:47 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana firefighting agency temporarily grounded its aircraft for a safety review after a helicopter crash landed and burned in heavy winds. The sidelining of the state Department of Natural Resources Conservation's remaining fleet of six...

Plan to raze 4 dams on California-Oregon line clears hurdle

Jun. 17, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A proposal to bring down four hydroelectric dams near the California-Oregon border cleared a major regulatory hurdle Thursday, setting the stage for the largest dam demolition project in U.S. history to save imperiled migratory salmon. The Federal...

Montana considers wolf hunting rules amid population decline

Jun. 17, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A commission governing wolf hunting in Montana is considering new wolf management rules that would make it easier to hunt wolves in the state after the Legislature passed several laws earlier this year to encourage additional wolf hunting. The...

Senate GOP hails new Interior deputy as 'voice of reason'

Jun. 17, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate easily confirmed former Obama administration official Tommy Beaudreau as deputy secretary at the Interior Department on Thursday, a rare bipartisan moment in an increasingly bitter fight over President Joe Biden's policies on energy production and climate...

Conservation groups offer $15K reward for info on wolf death

Jun. 17, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A coalition of conservation groups is offering a $15,000 reward for information on the poaching of the breeding female of the Wedge wolf pack in northeastern Washington state. The wolf was found dead of a gunshot wound May 26 in the Sheep Creek...

Protection sought for California fish and lizard species

Jun. 17, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tiny fish native to Southern California streams and a legless, sand-swimming lizard will be studied to determine whether they qualify for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, a conservation group said Wednesday. The Center for...

Activists take Spain's government to court over climate plan

Jun. 17, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Environmental activists in Spain lodged a legal claim against the government Thursday for what they deem as insufficient ambition in reducing carbon emissions and other contributors to climate change. The action in Spain's Supreme Court is a preliminary...