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Edwards heading to Scotland this week for climate conference

Oct. 25, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards and other Louisiana officials will travel Thursday to Scotland to attend an international climate change conference packed with world leaders. The governor's economic development and coastal policy advisors will be among...

Remains of United executive found at suburban Chicago forest

Oct. 24, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

DARIEN, Ill. (AP) — An autopsy has confirmed that human remains found at a suburban Chicago nature preserve are of a United Airlines executive reported missing more than a year ago, officials said Sunday. Investigators used dental records to confirm the identity of...

Maine asks fall decorators not to use invasive plants

Oct. 24, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine forestry officials are asking residents who want to decorate for the fall to be on the lookout for common invasive plants. The plants are sometimes used in wreaths and garlands and other decorations, according to the Maine Department of...

Gates installed on Alabama bat cave to protect habitat

Oct. 23, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — Gates have been installed at the mouth of a cave in eastern Alabama to protect the habitat of two endangered species that live in the cavern, the state wildlife agency said. Mined by the Confederacy during the Civil War for saltpeter, a component...

Workers find human remains at suburban Chicago preserve

Oct. 23, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

DARIEN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether human remains found at a suburban Chicago nature preserve could be those of a United Airlines executive who vanished more than a year ago. Contractors found the remains Friday afternoon in an area of heavy brush...

New program opens carbon market to small forest owners in WV

Oct. 23, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new program enabling owners of small forestlands to prosper from improving forest health while slowing climate change is launching in West Virginia. The Family Forest Carbon Program, which pays family and individual small forest owners to...

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...

Final peak foliage conditions for Maine leaf peepers

Oct. 20, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine leaf peepers have just a few more days to watch the state's annual fall foliage display. Almost all of the state is past peak conditions for fall colors, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry said Wednesday. The...

Biden administration move could block Minnesota copper mine

Oct. 20, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Biden administration dealt a serious blow Wednesday to the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, ordering a study that could lead to a 20-year ban on mining upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The...