Latest Habitat conservation and restoration News

Southern Resident orca near Washington state presumed dead

Aug. 02, 2021 20:40 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — An orca is presumed dead after being found in distress last week in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, a body of water that separates Washington state from Canada, officials said. The cause of death for the Southern Resident orca pod’s oldest male, known as...

Endangered orcas get new protection from US government

Jul. 30, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Endangered killer whales received new habitat protections from the U.S. government Friday. The National Marine Fisheries Service finalized rules to expand the Southern Resident orca’s critical habitat from the Canadian border down to Point Sur,...

Feds deny North Dakota request for early haying of CRP land

Jul. 24, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The federal government has denied a request by North Dakota leaders to allow ranchers struggling with drought to hay idled grassland while it’s still of good quality. The Bismarck Tribune reports the state Agriculture Department is looking into...

NOAA to support Maine dam removal project to help salmon

Jul. 22, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — The federal government is going to help fund a dam removal project in Maine that conservationists have said is critical to restoring fish habitat. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is giving more than $300,000 toward the...

Maine conservation program gets largest fund boost in years

Jul. 12, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's land conservation program will get one of the largest funding boosts since its inception under the state's budget. Lawmakers included $40 million for the Land for Maine's Future Program. It's the largest allocation to the program since a...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Jul. 12, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. July 6, 2021. Editorial: Critics are wrong in trying to stop conservation easements in Nebraska In our country, people have far-ranging rights to do with their property as they please. Zoning ordinances and environmental...

Endangered butterfly gaining momentum in North Dakota

Jul. 12, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — It’s Christmas in July for the Dakota skipper, a yellow-beige butterfly that crawls up bunchgrass this time of year and flutters about the coneflowers blooming across the rolling plains. While it slurps up nectar, surveyors working with energy...

Ted Turner to give land to nonprofit but keep paying taxes

Jul. 08, 2021 12:17 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Media mogul and billionaire bison rancher Ted Turner is donating an 80,000-acre ranch he owns in western Nebraska to his own nonprofit agriculture ecosystem research institute and says he might do the same with four other ranches in Nebraska’s Sand Hills. ...

Federal grant to help grow and save 14 rare Georgia plants

Jun. 28, 2021 07:18 AM EDT

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) — A federal grant has been awarded to sample, grow and save 14 rare plant species in Georgia. The $780,000 grant will support work by a partnership led by the state Department of Natural Resources, the agency said in a news release. ...

US sued over road project in Mojave desert tortoise habitat

Jun. 04, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A coalition of conservation groups on Friday sued the U.S. government over the Trump administration’s decision to allow construction of a new four-lane highway through a national conservation area in southern Utah that includes protected habitat for the Mojave desert...