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North Carolina town helps emergency vehicles reach beach

Jul. 05, 2022 12:43 PM EDT

OAK ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina coastal town has acted to help rescue workers gain easier access to the beach, a move that addresses a potential issue in reaching the shore in an emergency. Officials in Oak Island say the town has 65 public beach access locations, but...

Big landowner closing California forests due to fire danger

Jun. 27, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

ANDERSON, Calif. (AP) — Swaths of private California forestlands will be closed to the public starting this week due to extreme drought and risk of wildfires, the owner announced. Sierra Pacific Industries said the closure will take effect July 1 and will remain in effect until...

GOP hopes to carry Virginia success into US House races

Jun. 19, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A GOP sweep of Virginia’s 2021 statewide elections — and particularly Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s win — appears to have energized the Republican field in two of the country’s most competitive U.S. House races. Tuesday’s crowded Republican congressional...

Lexington plans new park with access to Kentucky River

May. 31, 2022 04:18 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A new park that will allow public access to the Kentucky River is planned in Fayette County. The city plans to purchase 30 acres (12 hectares) on the river near the Interstate 75 bridge into Madison County, Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton said last week in a...

Seaside towns offer free beach passes to Native Americans

May. 28, 2022 07:40 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Seaside communities in New England are providing free beach access to Native Americans as the summer season kicks off this Memorial Day weekend. Officials in Narragansett, Rhode Island, earlier this month approved free seasonal beach passes for anyone with a valid...

Court declines to disturb Lake Michigan beach access ruling

May. 26, 2022 11:01 AM EDT

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — A federal appeals court has declined to disturb an Indiana Supreme Court ruling, later codified into Indiana law, which declared that Lake Michigan's shoreline is — and always has been — owned by the state for the public’s use. In Wednesday's 3-0 decision,...

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...

Judge to Lake Oswego: Lake within city is a public resource

Apr. 21, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a lake at the heart of the affluent Portland suburb of Lake Oswego is a public resource. The city about eight miles southwest of Portland banned the public from entering the nearly 3-mile-long Oswego Lake from three parks in 2012,...

Tennessee tree planting grants applications available

Apr. 15, 2022 04:09 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Community Tree Planting Program is accepting applications for its cost-share program that pays half the cost of trees and associated expenses for public tree planting projects. The grants can be used for planting on public property, rights-of-way...