Latest Environmental conservation and preservation News

Petition by Alaska to delist seals as threatened rejected

Nov. 28, 2020 2:54 PM EST

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A petition by the state of Alaska to delist three species of Arctic ringed seals as threatened has been rejected. The decision by the National Marine Fisheries Service on Wednesday was based on “threats associated with ongoing and projected changes in sea ice and on-ice snow...

FILE - This June 5, 2009, file photo shows a Redtail hawk feeding a snake to one of her young ones nested at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, Colo. The Trump administration moved forward Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, on gutting a longstanding federal protection for the nation's birds, over objections from former federal officials and many scientists that billions more birds will likely perish as a result. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

Trump administration moves ahead on gutting bird protections

Nov. 27, 2020 12:23 PM EST

The Trump administration moved forward Friday on gutting a longstanding federal protection for the nation's birds, over objections from former federal officials and many scientists that billions more birds will likely perish as a result. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published its take on the proposed...

Audubon: Images of 'racism, white supremacy' on trail signs

Nov. 27, 2020 11:56 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Audubon found several stickers on its trail signs in Concord last month with “images of hatred, racism and white supremacy,” the nonprofit’s president said. Doug Bechtel, president, said in a video message last week that the organization removed the...

Missouri hunters take down fewer deer during firearm season

Nov. 26, 2020 5:13 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Fewer deer were killed in Missouri during the firearm portion of the hunting season. Hunters killed 176,604 deer during the 11-day season that ended Tuesday, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. The opening weekend of the season, when the vast majority of deer are...

Nearly $432K in 'Moose Plate' sales to conservation projects

Nov. 26, 2020 2:52 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire State Conservation Committee has awarded nearly $432,000 in grants from its “Moose Plate" program to 21 projects to protect, restore, and enhance the state's natural resources. Seven grants, each totaling $24,000, are going to a range of projects, such as...

$234M BP spill money for 5 wetlands projects in 2 parishes

Nov. 26, 2020 10:14 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is getting $234.6 million in BP oil spill settlement money for five wetlands restoration projects in three parishes. The allocations for Terrebonne, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes bring the state’s total in such restoration grants to more than $900 million...

Michigan agency recommends $5.4M for recreation projects

Nov. 26, 2020 9:04 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have selected 14 community and state parks, trails and sports facilities to share $5.4 million in federal grants. The state Department of Natural Resources said the money will come from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is supported by...

Iowa Tribe creates national park on Nebraska-Kansas border

Nov. 25, 2020 4:23 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska is creating the nation's largest tribal national park on a forested bluff overlooking the Missouri River and a historic site of its people. The 444-acre park will allow the tribe to tell the story of the Ioway people and provide a rustic getaway...

This Sept. 9, 2020 photo provided by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game shows Idaho Department of Fish and Game fisheries biologist Eli Felts looking down at Loon Creek to count chinook salmon spawning beds in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho. (Conor McLure/Idaho Department of Fish and Game via AP)

Unique Idaho salmon numbers rise, but extinction looms

Nov. 25, 2020 3:40 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A unique population of salmon that for thousands of years has been reproducing in one of Idaho’s wildest places experienced a small increase in adults returning to spawn this year. But the number of chinook salmon returning to the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and its...

FILE - This June 2020, file photo, shot from a television screen provided by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy shows damage to anchor support EP-17-1 on the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline within the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan. Enbridge Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, seeking a court order to prevent the shutdown of its Line 5 oil pipeline. (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy via AP, File)

Enbridge sues Michigan over oil pipeline shutdown order

Nov. 24, 2020 6:53 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge filed a legal challenge Tuesday to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's recent demand that the company shut down its oil pipeline that crosses the waterway connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. The Canadian company accused the state of overstepping its bounds, arguing...