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Maine ag officials say new hemp rules could hurt growth

Dec. 4, 2019 11:31 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's agriculture officials are concerned that changes to federal rules about hemp farming could hurt the growth of the industry in the state. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture about the new rules on...

Now’s the time to get rid of pesky caterpillars, Maine says

Dec. 4, 2019 5:18 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine pest managers say this is the best time of year to get rid of a species of caterpillar that can cause a painful rash in humans. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says winter is prime time to remove browntail caterpillars. The caterpillars can cause a...

Research team to take fresh look at delicate artifacts

Dec. 2, 2019 6:11 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sandals and baskets that have withstood the ravages of time will be among the perishable artifacts analyzed by a team of scientists looking to learn more about a corner of the southwestern United States that was first excavated decades ago. Depending on what they uncover, officials...

Correction: Christmas Trees-Tight Supply story

Dec. 2, 2019 3:15 PM EST

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — In a story Nov. 28 about Christmas tree prices, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of a professor with Oregon State University’s College of Forestry. He is Chal Landgren, not Chad. A corrected version of the story is below: Christmas tree prices remain high...

Utah ski resorts pull out of proposed land swaps

Dec. 1, 2019 3:25 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Four Utah ski resorts are backing out of proposed land swaps that would have set aside some of their mountainside terrain for conservation in exchange for public lands near their bases. The resorts made the decision after determining their lands on the steep slopes are worth so much...

Wyoming residents concerned about proposed horse facility

Dec. 1, 2019 2:00 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A wild horse facility is looking to make its home in eastern Laramie County, but residents near the proposed site have some major concerns. The facility would hold wild horses captured by the Bureau of Land Management, and the BLM would pay South Dakota-based Equine Elite an amount...

An Oklahoma wildlife refuge expands territory

Dec. 1, 2019 1:06 AM EST

MCCURTAIN COUNTY, Okla. (AP) — Little River National Wildlife Refuge added 160 acres of protected forest and wetlands earlier this month, a move that will make a large area of the refuge usable by visitors for the first time. Surrounded by the refuge, the land is now protected from development and will be...

Vermont nonprofit proposes new nature preserve

Nov. 30, 2019 11:53 AM EST

DUMMERSTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont-based nonprofit has proposed a nature preserve that would protect more than 1,100 acres. The Brattleboro Reformer reports the Green Mountain Conversancy has proposed a nature preserve that would run through Dummerston, Brookline and Newfane, making it the first parcel owned...

Agencies restore marshes in Cameron Parish

Nov. 30, 2019 10:49 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The state’s coastal protection agency says a coastal restoration project in southwestern Louisiana has been completed. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority said in a news release Wednesday that the marsh creation project on the eastern shore of Calcasieu Lake in...

With $1 bil timber lawsuit, not all counties are big winners

Nov. 30, 2019 10:05 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When a jury in Linn County determined last week that the state had breached its contract with 13 rural counties by failing to maximize logging revenues on state land, the damage award was breathtaking. $1,065,919,400. The state plans to appeal -- to the Supreme Court if necessary. In...