Latest Land conservation and preservation News

FILE - In this April 11, 2004 file photo, a gopher tortoise lumbers across the forest floor at Reed Bingham State Park near Adel, Ga. The Conservation Fund and Open Space Institute announced Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, that they had bought a 16,000-acre (65-square-kilometer) site along the Satilla River east of Woodbine, Ga., which they described as one of the largest unprotected open space parcels along the southeast Atlantic coast. Conservation groups and Georgia officials are aiming to protect 65 of the roughly 122 viable gopher tortoise populations in the state to try to prevent the turtle from a listing under the Endangered Species Act.  (AP Photo/Elliott Minor, File)

Conservation groups make major land buy along Georgia coast

Dec. 8, 2019 10:28 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Conservation groups have purchased a swath of land in Georgia that they describe as one of the largest unprotected open space parcels along the southeast Atlantic coast. The Conservation Fund and Open Space Institute announced Friday that they had bought the 16,000-acre (65-square-kilometer)...

This Nov. 21, 2019 photo shows dead Chinese pond mussels that were found in a network of ponds in Franklin Township, N.J.  A colony of giant invasive Chinese mussels has been wiped out from the New Jersey pond. They had threatened to spread to the Delaware River and wreak ecological havoc, as they already are doing in other parts of the world. Officials say they’re confident they’ve narrowly avoided a serious environmental problem by eradicating the mussels from a former fish farm in Hunterdon County.  (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Shell shock: Giant invasive mussels eradicated from US ponds

Nov. 29, 2019 9:59 AM EST

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Most Americans know mussels as thumb-sized shellfish that occasionally adorn restaurant dinner plates. But a colony of mussels as big as the dinner plates themselves has recently been wiped out from a New Jersey pond, where they had threatened to spread to the nearby Delaware...

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2017 file photo, waves crash over a seawall at the mouth of the Miami River from Biscayne Bay, Fla., as Hurricane Irma passes by in Miami. In his first 10 months in office, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed a science officer, established a czar on climate change and pushed action against red tide and algae blooms. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

In Florida and elsewhere, GOP pressured over climate change

Nov. 27, 2019 12:34 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Since taking office in January, Florida’s Republican governor has appointed a science officer, established a climate change czar and pledged to spend billions of dollars to restore the Everglades and combat the pollutants that spawn blue-green algae and red tides. A top...

FILE - In this April 7, 2016, file photo, the Salmon River flows through the Sawtooth Valley near the town of Stanley, Idaho. The U.S. Forest Service has agreed to complete environmental reviews of 20 water diversions in central Idaho that a conservation group says could be harming imperiled salmon. A U.S. District judge on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, signed off on the agreement between the Forest Service and Idaho Conservation League involving the water diversions in the Sawtooth Valley. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)

Forest Service to review water diversions in Sawtooth Valley

Nov. 22, 2019 4:28 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has agreed to complete environmental reviews of 20 water diversions in central Idaho that a conservation group says could be harming imperiled salmon. A U.S. District Court judge on Thursday signed off on the agreement between the Forest Service and Idaho...