Latest Habitat conservation and restoration News

Celtics co-owner donates $2M to protect Florida manatees

May. 17, 2022 20:55 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A co-owner of the Boston Celtics is donating $2 million toward protecting the Florida manatees and their habitat following two seasons of record-breaking manatee mortalities in the state. Fox Rock Foundation will give $1 million each to the nonprofits Fish &...

Condors soar again over Northern California coastal redwoods

May. 03, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — The endangered California condor returned to soar the skies over the state's far northern coast redwood forests on Tuesday for the first time in more than a century. Two captive-bred birds were released from a pen in Redwood National Park, about...

3 critically endangered Sumatran tigers lost to animal traps

Apr. 25, 2022 06:39 AM EDT

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Three critically endangered Sumatran tigers were found dead after being caught in traps on Indonesia’s Sumatra island in the latest setback for a species whose numbers are estimated to have dwindled to about 400, authorities said Monday. A female and...

New Jersey spending $21M on projects to fight climate change

Apr. 21, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is spending $21 million on projects to help fight climate change, including purchasing electric trucks for some municipalities and handing out grants for projects to restore salt marshes, sea grass beds, forests and other areas. The state...

Group plants beach grass to help newly hatched Least Terns

Apr. 21, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Volunteers on Thursday planted several types of grasses along a stretch of Mississippi Gulf Coast beach to help restore habitat for newly hatched Least Tern chicks. Audubon Delta, along with Harrison County Sand Beach Authority and Gulfport High School...

Wildlife refuge to reopen after $31M restoration project

Apr. 05, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

WASHOUGAL, Wash. (AP) — The largest habitat restoration project along the lower Columbia River is coming to a close this spring. The Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, east of Washougal in Clark County, is slated to reopen May 1 after almost two years of being...

‘Otter-ly Amazing’ campaign is underway in Fredericksburg

Mar. 27, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The locally designed Otter-ly Amazing board game is meant to give players a tour of downtown Fredericksburg. Each player is an otter trying to make its way to the Rappahannock River with its family. As they explore the city, eating and drinking, viewing...

Conservation groups protect 21,000 western Maine acres

Mar. 18, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

GRAFTON TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) — Conservation organizations in Maine said they have preserved more than 20,000 acres in the western part of the state. The Forest Society of Maine said it now holds a conservation easement on 15,000 acres of forests, and Northeast Wilderness Trust now...

Town votes to remove dam on Oyster River

Mar. 09, 2022 08:59 AM EST

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The town of Durham has voted to remove a dam on the Oyster River, after more than a decade of discussion and a failed petition effort to save it. The vote at Tuesday's town elections to remove the Mill Pond dam was approved 1,706 to 596. It followed a September...

Michigan sues dam owner over sediment in Kalamazoo River

Mar. 02, 2022 17:11 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan sued the owner and operator of a hydroelectric dam, alleging that its mismanaged drawdown of a lake to do repairs created sediment that has choked a 30-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River, impeded recreational use and threatened public safety. ...