Latest Land conservation and preservation News

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,...

Funding awarded for work at parks in 2 Kentucky counties

Jun. 22, 2022 20:05 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's most populated county has received nearly $360,000 in awards to enhance accessibility and improve three parks, while $400,000 is being provided for two parks in another county, Gov. Andy Beshear said. The funding is for projects at Jefferson...

Conservation groups sue feds to protect old-growth forests

Jun. 14, 2022 19:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Six environmental groups sued officials of the Biden administration Tuesday, saying a Trump-era rule change that allowed logging of old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest violates federal laws and was politically motivated. “Large and old trees have...

Florida’s animal crossing aims to break barrier of I-4

Jun. 11, 2022 03:15 AM EDT

POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — M34, a typical black bear who became an inspiration, was stuck. He had hopscotched north from Sebring between dwindling patches of trees until he came to Celebration. If Florida was an entire world, M34 had reached its equator: Interstate 4,...

Native American youth to be tapped for conservation projects

Jun. 10, 2022 16:22 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday rolled out guidelines for a new youth service program meant to create job opportunities for Native Americans while boosting their cultural connections to nature through conservation projects on tribal and public land. ...

Maine preservation projects include mountain, urban space

Jun. 10, 2022 01:17 AM EDT

FRYEBURG, Maine (AP) — A 370-acre forest in Ellsworth, the summit of Bauneg Beg Mountain in North Berwick and a patch of urban open space in Portland are among 20 new land conservation projects in Maine. The Land for Maine's Future Board approved the projects. Land for Maine's...

Minnesota tribe to get 28,000 acres back

Jun. 09, 2022 09:55 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota tribe is set to get back 28,000 acres that the federal government sold off in the 19th century. Minnesota Public Radio reported Wednesday that the land is within the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa’s reservation but the tribe lost title to it after the...

Vermont says threatened orchid not seen since 1902 found

Jun. 08, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A federally threatened species of orchid that hasn’t been confirmed in Vermont since 1902 has been found, the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife said. Department botanists confirmed that a population of small whorled pogonia has been documented on...

Budget will create new Culpeper Battlefields State Park

Jun. 04, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — The Virginia General Assembly's recently approved budget appropriates money to create a new state park in Culpeper County that would include two Civil War battlefields. The spending plan sent to Gov. Glenn Youngkin earlier this week would create a 1,700-acre...

Scouts sell off camps under strain from sex abuse suits

Jun. 04, 2022 07:53 AM EDT

KILLINGWORTH, Conn. (AP) — As the financially struggling Boy Scouts sell off a number of campgrounds, conservationists, government officials and others are scrambling to find ways to preserve them as open space. A $2.6 billion proposed bankruptcy settlement designed to pay...