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Review coming of effects of Maine dams on rare salmon

Nov. 24, 2021 15:06 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators will perform an environmental review of the effects of four Maine dams on endangered salmon in a win for conservationists in the state. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced the review on Tuesday, the Portland Press...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Nov. 22, 2021 10:14 AM EST

Omaha World-Herald. Nov. 21, 2021. Editorial: Nebraska educators, worn down in the COVID era, need relief This school year, many thought, would be a time when Omaha-area schools would make major strides toward getting back to “normal” in the wake...

Trial opens against accused elephant poachers in Indonesia

Nov. 22, 2021 07:41 AM EST

CALANG, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court on Monday began a trial against a group of men accused of poaching endangered Sumatran elephants and trading in illegal ivory, in a case that wildlife conservation officials have hailed as a milestone. The case includes nine...

Biden mulls reversing Trump rules on western grouse species

Nov. 19, 2021 17:28 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday said it will consider new measures to protect greater sage grouse, a bird species once found across much of the U.S. West that has suffered drastic declines in recent decades due to oil and gas drilling, grazing, wildfires and other...

US considers creating national marine sanctuary off Hawaii

Nov. 19, 2021 13:49 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is considering additional protections for waters off the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. NOAA announced the proposal to designate oceanic areas of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, which is...

Wyoming company to pay $2M in Yellowstone oil pipeline spill

Nov. 17, 2021 18:28 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Wyoming pipeline company agreed to a $2 million settlement for damages caused by a 2015 crude oil spill that fouled a section of the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana and contaminated a city's water supply, officials said Wednesday. The...

Tennessee offers grants for tree planting along rivers

Nov. 10, 2021 04:17 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's wildlife agency is offering grants to help cities, schools, community groups and environmental organizations buy seedlings for planting trees along rivers and streams. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said five $500 grants are...

'Faulty' science used by Trump appointees to cut owl habitat

Nov. 09, 2021 17:12 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Political appointees in the Trump administration relied on faulty science to justify stripping habitat protections for the imperiled northern spotted owl, U.S. wildlife officials said Tuesday as they struck down a rule that would have opened millions of acres of West...

Deal would overhaul private forest management in Oregon

Oct. 30, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An agreement has been reached between timber and environmental groups to overhaul management of 10 million acres of private forestlands in Oregon. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the deal, announced Saturday by Gov. Kate Brown’s office, concludes...

Wildlife agencies to cancel Trump endangered species rules

Oct. 26, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration announced Tuesday plans to cancel two environmental rollbacks under former President Donald Trump that limited habitat protections for imperiled plants and wildlife. The proposal to drop the two Trump-era rules...