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Col. Robert Hilliard, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District, speaks during a press conference Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, organized by the Environmental Protection Agency at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District facility in Vicksburg, Miss. (Tim Reeves/The Vicksburg Post via AP)

Analysis: Mississippi pump fight unresolved as Trump departs

Jan. 17, 2021 5:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Farmers and environmentalists have been arguing for decades over proposals for a massive federal flood-control project in the south Mississippi Delta. The fight is continuing into a new presidential administration. Four conservation groups are suing the Environmental Protection...

Stacks of logs in the San Francisco Peaks of the Coconino National Forest in northern Arizona await cutting and splitting into firewood on June 8, 2020. Tall stacks of logs left over from a forest thinning project in mountains overlooking Flagstaff are being processed into thousands of cords of free firewood to provide a winter heat source for northern Arizonans, including residents of the Navajo and Hopi reservations. (AP Photo/Paul Davenport)

Thinning project provides firewood for northern Arizonans

Jan. 17, 2021 11:39 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Tall stacks of logs left over from a forest thinning project in mountains overlooking Flagstaff are being processed into thousands of cords of free firewood to provide a winter heat source for northern Arizonans, including residents of the Navajo and Hopi reservations. ...

Environmental groups wants closer look at glamping resort

Jan. 17, 2021 10:10 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Eight environmental groups have submitted a petition to the Gallatin County Planning Board and Director requesting a more robust evaluation of a controversial development in Montana's Gallatin Gateway. The groups are asking the board and director to formally determine whether the...

In this image provided by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, bighorn ewe springs from a specially made trailer used for bighorn sheep transfers while being released along the South Fork of the Judith River in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest in Montana on Dec. 16, 2020. Montana wildlife officials have transplanted 49 bighorn sheep into the Little Belt Mountains, in an effort to create a new herd. (Morgan Jacobsen/Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks via AP)

Wild sheep transplanted to new home in Little Belt Mountains

Jan. 16, 2021 12:48 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — After scattering like wildfire in a gust of wind, 49 bighorn sheep have settled in to their new home in the Little Belt Mountains. “One ewe went 24 miles north on the day of the release, turned around and came back,” said Jay Kolbe, wildlife biologist for the Montana...

Lawmakers seek amendment to ensure 'environmental rights'

Jan. 16, 2021 11:21 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Democratic state senators are seeking to strengthen protections for the environment and natural resources through a joint resolution that seeks to amend the state constitution and bring New Mexico in line with numerous other states that already guarantee residents rights to...

Utah approved to build highway through conservation area

Jan. 16, 2021 11:14 AM EST

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — The Utah Division of Transportation and Washington County received approval to build a four-lane highway that would pass through the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, a protected Mojave desert tortoise habitat in southern Utah. President Donald Trump's administration granted...

New suit brought in Missouri River flooding

Jan. 16, 2021 10:45 AM EST

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The federal government faces a second lawsuit over flooding along the Missouri River after it was ordered last month to pay some landowners for damages. R. Dan Boulware, of the Polsinelli law firm, filed the new class-action lawsuit on behalf of 60 plaintiffs who experienced damages...

New preserve aims to protect slice of White River, old canal

Jan. 16, 2021 8:39 AM EST

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A newly created central Indiana nature preserve will create a safe passage for wildlife along the White River and safeguard the remnants of a 19th century canal, a conservancy group says. The Red-tail Land Conservancy announced Tuesday that it had established the 50-acre...

Restoration underway at SW Louisiana pelican nesting island

Jan. 16, 2021 8:35 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Restoration is underway at the state bird’s only breeding site in southwest Louisiana, the Louisiana Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority said. Rabbit Island is also where about 180 brown pelicans and 140 smaller birds were released in 2010 after oil from the BP spill...

Officials: Florida panther dies after fight with other cat

Jan. 16, 2021 3:00 AM EST

MOORE HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died following a fight with another panther. It's the third panther death reported this year, the first from intraspecific aggression, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. A total of 22 Florida panther deaths were...