Latest Land conservation and preservation News

African snake found at suburban Chicago forest preserve

Oct. 21, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A snake native to Africa has been removed from a suburban Chicago nature preserve after a visitor found the reptile coiled beneath her car. The ball python was removed Wednesday from the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in Wheaton after a woman who had...

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...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Oct. 20, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

Chicago Tribune. October 18, 2021. Editorial: We have to rethink farm subsidies before they do more damage The autumn harvest is underway in Illinois, and it’s a juicy one despite the otherwise lousy year. Corn and soybeans...

First bear taken as hunting season begins in Missouri

Oct. 19, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's first black bear hunting season has begun, and a hunter in southwestern Missouri is the first to take a bear. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a 250-pound female was hunted on private land Monday. Missouri...

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...

Maine land preservation program reactivated after 4 years

Oct. 16, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A land preservation program in Maine will be used to provide money for conservation for the first time since 2017. The administration of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said it is asking for proposals for conservation and recreation projects via the...

Project could help needy Mississippi families hold onto land

Oct. 14, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A nonprofit law firm announced a new project Thursday to help low-income Mississippi families hold onto inherited land, an effort that advocates say would build wealth and preserve biological diversity by promoting better forest management. The...

VW, Conservation Fund transfer land for Cherokee Forest

Oct. 13, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen of America and The Conservation Fund have completed their effort to transfer land to be included in the Cherokee National Forest, they said. The move is part of Volkswagen's $1.25 million donation to the fund, they said Tuesday in a...

Former tobacco field where MLK Jr worked to be preserved

Oct. 11, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

SIMSBURY, Conn. (AP) — A plot of land in Connecticut, once a thriving tobacco farm where Martin Luther King Jr. worked as a college student in the 1940s, will be protected for its historic and cultural significance to the state's civil rights history. Last month's...

Group works to preserve historic structures on forest sites

Oct. 09, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — Rain held off, fog burned away and a few shafts of morning light pierced the cloud cover shrouding Cathedral Rock in the distance, giving the Crescent Moon Ranch near Sedona’s Red Rock Crossing even more of an inviting sheen than normal. Good day...