Latest Habitat conservation and restoration News

Conservancy group purchases 70K acres of northern forest

Oct. 21, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Virginia-based conservancy group announced Wednesday that it has purchased 70,000 acres of forest in northern Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported The Conservation Fund bought the land known as the Pelican...

Groups: New Mexico needs to fund more conservation projects

Oct. 17, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Land of Enchantment is home to vast forests and deserts, meandering rivers and streams and a variety of wildlife. Now a coalition of outdoor recreation and conservation groups is pointing to an influx of federal stimulus money and a healthy...

2008 Mississippi River spill: Barge company to pay $6.6M

Oct. 06, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A barge company responsible for a Mississippi River oil spill that significantly damage shoreline habitat in south Louisiana in 2008 has agreed to pay $2.1 million in damages and buy and preserve a wildlife habitat just miles from downtown New Orleans. ...

Corps of Engineers considers nature-based flood control

Oct. 05, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is known for damming rivers and building levees to keep waterways at bay. But a new initiative seeks natural flood control solutions as climate change brings increasingly frequent and severe weather events that test the limits of concrete and steel. ...

Florida Forever conserves ecosystems as money dwindles

Oct. 02, 2021 03:13 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — East of the Southwest Florida city centers, where dense cypress domes and live oaks dripping with moss replace concrete and stucco, the world wakes up differently. The din of the early commute in natural Florida is not blaring horns or humming tires...

US says ivory-billed woodpecker, 22 other species extinct

Sep. 29, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Death’s come knocking a last time for the splendid ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more birds, fish and other species: The U.S. government on Wednesday declared them extinct. It’s a rare move for wildlife officials to give up hope on a plant or...

Southern Resident grandmother orca missing and likely dead

Sep. 21, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Center for Whale Research has declared an orca in one of the Puget Sound’s endangered Southern Resident killer whale pods “missing and likely dead.” The Bellingham Herald reports mother and grandmother L47, or Marina as she was also known, was...

Tribe threatens lawsuit to speed Skagit estuary restoration

Sep. 10, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

LA CONNER, Wash. (AP) — The Swinomish Tribe is threatening to sue the federal government to speed up estuary restoration — and salmon preservation — on the Skagit River delta. Much of the estuary has been drained and closed off with tide gates to facilitate...

Researchers complete first-ever detailed map of global coral

Sep. 08, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Researchers have completed a comprehensive online map of the world’s coral reefs by using more than 2 million satellite images from across the globe. The Allen Coral Atlas, named after late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, will act as a reference for...

Missouri River species recovery plan sees deep budget cuts

Sep. 06, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Beneath the swirling waters of the Missouri River, underwater microphones eavesdropped on fish. A boat of biologists drifted downstream, listening for the crisp beeps that would indicate a pallid sturgeon, tagged with an electronic tracker,...