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More land added to state forest with endangered bat habitat

May. 20, 2022 04:13 AM EDT

OLIVE HILL, Ky. (AP) — More land has been added to a state forest in eastern Kentucky that has endangered bat habitat, officials said. The 238-acre (96-hectare) parcel known as the McGlone tract will increase the size of the Tygarts State Forest in Carter County to 1,184 acres, a...

Crews battle 500-acre wildfire in North Carolina preserve

May. 10, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Firefighters are trying to contain a wildfire that covered more than 500 acres in southeastern North Carolina on Tuesday and forced the shutdown of a highway, state officials said. A news release from the N.C. Department of Agriculture of Consumer Services said...

Brazilian groups want direct access to U.S. forest funding

May. 10, 2022 09:35 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian environmental and Indigenous organizations, together with some companies, are urging the United States to come through with promised funding for forest protection and deal directly with people who live in the forest, have protected it and, they say, “are directly...

Grants awarded for parks in Memphis, Munford, Ripley

May. 10, 2022 04:13 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The West Tennessee cities of Memphis, Munford and Ripley are each receiving grants of $500,000 for parks and recreation projects, the state Department of Environment and Conservation said. The grants are part of more than $6.3 million given to Tennessee...

Carter asks court to defend Alaska's 'unrivaled wilderness'

May. 09, 2022 21:00 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter on Monday took the unusual step of weighing in on a court case involving his landmark conservation act and a remote refuge in Alaska. Carter filed an amicus brief in the longstanding legal dispute over efforts to build a road...

Discover natural beauties in the Delaware Botanic Gardens

May. 01, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

DAGSBORO, Del. (AP) — A crystal clear sky reflects off the placid water at Pepper Creek as, almost on cue, one of the resident bald eagles swoops over the shoreline in a regal arc. It’s this kind of awe in nature — like a child curiously digging through the mud or exploring...

41 Kentucky parks to receive $4.2M for improvements

Apr. 25, 2022 04:12 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Forty-one parks across Kentucky will receive $4.2 million in federal funding to make upgrades and improve accessibility, officials said. The funding will go toward a wide variety of improvements, including new playground equipment, walking and biking paths,...

Stuck in Florida wetlands, woman is rescued by helicopter

Apr. 24, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they were able to rescue a woman by helicopter after she was stuck in the vast marshland of a Florida state park. Various agencies were deployed to the 11,000-acre (4,450-hectare) Estero Bay Preserve State Park on the Gulf Coast south of...

Alabama's largest state park expanding near Birmingham

Apr. 23, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

PELHAM, Ala. (AP) — New public access areas will be available later this year at Alabama's largest state park, which is growing with the purchase of more than 1,600 acres (647 hectares) of land in metro Birmingham. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources plans to...

Interior Secretary Haaland in midst of visit to Alaska

Apr. 21, 2022 21:41 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is in the midst of her first visit to Alaska in that role, including to a community at the center of a long-running dispute over a proposed land exchange aimed at building a road through a national wildlife refuge. Residents...