Latest Habitat conservation and restoration News

Judge throws out Trump-era rollbacks on endangered species

Jul. 05, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a host of actions by the Trump administration to roll back protections for endangered or threatened species, a year after the Biden administration said it was moving to strengthen such species protections. U.S. District Judge...

Acres of Whidbey Island farmland, forest, beach, preserved

Jul. 02, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Staff at the Whidbey Camano Land Trust in Washington state knew they had to act quickly when a 226-acre (91-hectare) beachfront property south of Coupeville came on the market last December. From the water, boaters may have seen the red house, old windmill,...

Federal agencies reverse Trump limits on habitat protection

Jun. 23, 2022 14:58 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday withdrew a rule adopted under former President Donald Trump that limited which lands and waters could be designated as places where imperiled animals and plants could receive federal protection. A definition of...

US to spend $9 million to bolster sagebrush ecosystems

Jun. 16, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

OROFINO, Idaho (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Thursday announced $9 million for 40 projects in Idaho and seven other Western states for sagebrush ecosystems to combat invasive species and wildfire, reduce the spread of juniper trees and promote community and economic stability. ...

Oil industry prepares for restrictions to conserve rare bird

Jun. 12, 2022 11:02 AM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Lesser prairie chickens once numbered in the thousands throughout the American West, thriving on the prairielands of eastern New Mexico and the American West. But in recent years, the chicken’s numbers declined amid growing development in the oil and gas and...

US wildlife agency to consider protecting Yellowstone bison

Jun. 03, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A wildlife agency that lost key court rulings over its denial of petitions to protect Yellowstone National Park bison will undertake a comprehensive study over whether the animals should be covered under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said...

China blocks moves to step up protection of emperor penguins

Jun. 03, 2022 14:11 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — China has blocked efforts to step up protection of emperor penguins that are increasingly threatened by the effects global warming is having on their natural habitat in Antarctica, officials said Friday. Dozens of countries had backed giving the world's largest...

Methow Valley land in Washington returned to Colville Tribes

May. 29, 2022 10:11 AM EDT

More than a century after the United States government took most of their land, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington state are getting small chunks of it back. The nonprofit Methow Conservancy handed over the deed to 328 acres of forest, sagebrush, and...

Sumatran elephant dies in Indonesia of suspected poisoning

May. 27, 2022 02:48 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A pregnant Sumatran elephant was found dead of suspected poisoning near a palm plantation in Indonesia’s Riau province on the island of Sumatra, officials said Friday. Sumatran elephants are a critically endangered species and fewer than 700 remain on...

Celtics co-owner donates $2M to protect Florida manatees

May. 17, 2022 20:55 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A co-owner of the Boston Celtics is donating $2 million toward protecting the Florida manatees and their habitat following two seasons of record-breaking manatee mortalities in the state. Fox Rock Foundation will give $1 million each to the nonprofits Fish &...