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FILE - This Aug. 23, 2015, file photo shows Alpine Lake in the Sawtooth National Forest, south of Stanley, Idaho. U.S. officials have permanently closed four sheep and goat grazing allotments in and near central Idaho wilderness areas, including the Sawtooth National Forest, that are important habitat for wolves, bighorn sheep and other wildlife. (Mark Morical/The Bulletin via AP, File)

U.S. ends sheep grazing in parts of Idaho wilderness areas

Jul. 8, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials have permanently closed four sheep and goat grazing allotments in and near central Idaho wilderness areas that are important habitat for wolves, bighorn sheep and other wildlife. The 140 squares miles (360 square kilometers) contained in the allotments are northeast of...

Forest Service orders Colorado train to stop fire mitigation

Jul. 3, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service shut down an extensive fire mitigation project after raising concerns about the number of trees being cut down and sold to a logging company in southwestern Colorado. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad completed eight miles (12 kilometers) of the...

Maine requiring ATVs to be registered again

Jul. 3, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has lifted suspensions on registration of all-terrain vehicles, and ATV owners must now register or renew them. ATV registrations are valid from July 1 to June 30, 2021, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said. It's possible to renew online. New...

More than $300,000 in grants to improve outdoor recreation

Jun. 27, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Ten towns and organizations will get over $300,000 in grants collectively to improve outdoor recreation opportunities in northern New England. The grants are provided by the Northern Forest Destination Development Initiative, which is managed by the Northern Forest Center. Funding...

New Mexico official says no to working with US border agency

Jun. 26, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the New Mexico State Land Office on Friday declined to add her signature to the renewal of a cooperative agreement with U.S. border authorities. Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard said she instead is siding with community members who urged her not to work with...

Interior opens more of Alaska reserve to oil development

Jun. 25, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — More than 18 million acres of a petroleum reserve in Alaska will be opened to oil and gas drilling under a plan released Thursday by federal officials, who touted it as being key to President Donald Trump’s goal of increasing energy production. “Today’s action...

East Tennessee man pleads guilty to killing elk, faces jail

Jun. 25, 2020 4:06 AM EDT

CARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An east Tennessee man has pleaded guilty to illegally killing an elk that was part of a university study, wildlife officials said. Sean Doney, 33, pleaded guilty Tuesday to breaking hunting-related state laws in the December killing of a cow elk in the North Cumberland Wildlife...

Alaska contest to name new fire-prevention moose mascot

Jun. 24, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska needs help putting a name to the face of the state's newest celebrity moose. The state Division of Forestry is holding a contest to name a cartoon moose that will represent the agency's statewide fire-prevention campaign, The Juneau Empire reported Tuesday. The forestry...

Homes evacuated in north Phoenix by fast-moving brush fire

Jun. 23, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Up to 50 homes have been evacuated as a precaution in north Phoenix due to a fast-moving brush fire, according to authorities. State Forestry officials say the fire started around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday near 27th Avenue and the Carefree Highway and was burning through wash and heavy vegetation. ...

Waikiki jetty reconstruction expected to be finished in July

Jun. 23, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii state official says reconstruction of a jetty protecting the Waikiki shoreline is expected to be completed by the end of July. Work began in May on the $1.5 million reconstruction of the structure, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday. The rock-and-concrete jetty fronting...