Latest Habitat conservation and restoration News

US protection sought for threatened Florida ghost orchid

Jan. 24, 2022 11:03 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The rare ghost orchid faces mounting threats in Florida from poaching, loss of habitat and climate change and needs federal protection, environmental groups said Monday. A petition filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asks that the orchid be...

Tennessee secures 1,000 acres to expand wildlife area

Dec. 29, 2021 04:16 AM EST

SHERWOOD, Tenn. (AP) — More than 1,000 acres (405 hectares) have been added to southcentral Tennessee's Bear Hollow Mountain Wildlife Managment Area, connecting two sections of the WMA that were previously divided. The Conservation Fund purchased the property in March 2021 to buy...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Dec. 22, 2021 17:19 PM EST

Palm Beach Post. December 19, 2021. Editorial: Good intentions alone won’t save Florida’s starving manatees The urge can be overwhelming. Florida’s iconic manatees are dying of starvation. The images of bloated corpses bobbing along what are normally tranquil...

Inslee releases nearly $62 billion supplemental budget plan

Dec. 16, 2021 17:32 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday released a nearly $62 billion supplemental state budget plan that looks to increase spending on efforts related to homelessness, climate change and salmon recovery. The Democratic governor spent most of the week unveiling...

Gov. Inslee announces $187M plan for WA salmon recovery

Dec. 15, 2021 11:34 AM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed investing $187 million in salmon recovery as part of his 2022 budget and policy proposals. Inslee announced his salmon proposals Tuesday at the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community reservation’s Swadabs Park, The...

Restoration project to begin at wildlife management area

Dec. 12, 2021 13:03 PM EST

MILTON, Vt. (AP) — A sandplain restoration project is going to begin at the Sandbar Wildlife Management Area in Milton with a timber harvest, according to the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. The first step of the project, along U.S. Route 2, will be the harvest that will...

Researchers: 'Yellowstone to Yukon' work boosts conservation

Dec. 12, 2021 10:19 AM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — It’s one thing to mount a decades-long conservation campaign on a continental scale like the Yellowstone to Yukon, or Y2Y. It’s another to prove anything about it worked. When you look at a place as big as Argentina but you don’t have gross domestic...

Crypto execs head to Capitol as Congress mulls regulations

Dec. 08, 2021 17:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Cryptocurrency executives went to Capitol Hill Wednesday to say their fast-growing industry understands more regulation is likely coming, but they don't want it to squelch the next wave of the internet or send it offshore to other countries. Leaders from major...

Maine conservation program sets funding record at $5.7M

Dec. 08, 2021 09:36 AM EST

HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — A Maine conservation program is awarding more than $5 million to two dozen projects in the state in the largest single-year funding effort in its history. The Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program has awarded $5.7 million to the projects, which are...

Dredging starts for $32M southwest Louisiana marsh creation

Dec. 04, 2021 12:52 PM EST

HOLLY BEACH, La. (AP) — Dredging has begun for a marsh creation project in southwestern Louisiana. The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority said the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock is expected to complete the 308 acres (125 hectares) of marsh in January in...