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Workshops, tours designed for veteran farmers this summer

Jun. 24, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A series of workshops and farm tours this summer is being pitched to military veterans who are farmers. Purdue Extension and the Purdue-based Indiana AgrAbility Project are teaming up for the workshops June 30 at a fruit and vegetable operation in Rossville; July 21 in North...

Final budget talks expected to address coal reclamation cuts

Jun. 24, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Senate decision to cut funding Republican Gov. Mike DeWine budgeted for reclaiming abandoned coal mining sites is expected to arise during budget compromise talks this week. The Senate version of Ohio's two-year state budget trimmed the $4 million DeWine proposed for coal mine...

Final whale protection meeting with lobstermen scheduled

Jun. 24, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — The last of seven meetings between fishery regulators and Maine lobstermen about protecting endangered whales is scheduled to take place along the state's coast. The Maine Department of Marine Resources is holding the meeting with lobstermen in Freeport on Thursday. It's the last of...

Nearly 1,000 acres of forest preserved in western Maine

Jun. 23, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

BETHEL, Maine (AP) — A group of conservation organizations is working together to protect nearly 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of forest in a small town in western Maine. The Trust for Public Land, Northern Forest Center, Mahoosuc Pathways and representatives from Bethel, Maine, say the Bethel Community...

Hammonasset reopens after fatal rollover near ticket booth

Jun. 23, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's largest state beach has reopened after being closed for hours following a fatal crash near the park's ticket booth. A Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spokesman said Hammonasset Beach State Park reopened early Sunday morning after being closed Saturday...

Tahoe conservationists distribute new cigarette canisters

Jun. 23, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — The oldest and largest conservation group at Lake Tahoe and a coalition of water suppliers plan to start distributing 250 cigarette butt collection canisters around the lake this summer to help protect the cobalt blue waters and reduce litter on the shoreline. Leaders of the League...

Boaters, anglers asked to keep distance from loons

Jun. 23, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Loon Preservation Committee in New Hampshire are asking boaters and anglers to keep their distance from loons to protect the nesting birds. Vermont state wildlife biologist Doug Morin says while loons were removed from the state's...

Exploration under way for southeast Alaska mine project

Jun. 22, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The developer of a proposed mine in southeast Alaska is moving ahead with exploration following a favorable court decision. That decision, however, is being appealed by critics of the project, which is located near Haines. Liz Cornejo, vice president for community and external affairs...

Maine foresters to learn about protection of songbirds

Jun. 22, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — Members of Maine's forest industry will have a chance to learn how to manage woodlands in the state with songbirds in mind. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says populations of woodland birds are in decline in the Pine Tree State. It's inviting...

Cuyahoga River's health lauded 50 years after infamous fire

Jun. 22, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's U.S. senators are recognizing environmental progress on Cleveland's Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) River with a bipartisan resolution. U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, a Democrat and a Republican, introduced the measure in Washington this week ahead of Saturday's 50th...