Latest Habitat conservation and restoration News

Sage grouse court order trims energy lease auction in Nevada

Nov. 11, 2019 2:51 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — U.S. land managers have withdrawn more than 500 square miles (1,295 sq. kilometers) of public land from a swath of eastern Nevada where oil and gas drilling leases are set to go to auction. The move came after a judge blocked a Trump administration attempt to curtail protection of habitat...

Dow agrees to $77M environmental settlement in Michigan

Nov. 8, 2019 7:14 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Dow Chemical Co. has agreed to fund environmental restoration projects worth an estimated $77 million to compensate for decades of pollution by its plant in Midland, Michigan, officials said Friday. A deal between the company and government agencies calls for improvements to...

Conservationists seek protection of California Joshua trees

Oct. 15, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The western Joshua tree needs protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the Center for Biological Diversity said in a petition Tuesday to the state's Fish and Game Commission. The petition comes amid rising...

Once nearly extinct, songbird coming off endangered list

Oct. 8, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The federal government said Tuesday it will remove the Kirtland's warbler from its list of protected species, finding the small, yellow-bellied songbird had recovered more than half a century after being designated as endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service credited...

Difficult but rewarding work: Planting trees to aid climate

Oct. 2, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

MADRE DE DIOS, Peru (AP) — Destruction of the forests can be swift. Regrowth is much, much slower. But around the world, people are putting shovels to ground to help it happen. In a corner of the Peruvian Amazon, where illegal gold mining has scarred forests and poisoned ground, scientists work to change...

US appeals court to decide fight over jaguar habitat

Sep. 25, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It will be up to a federal appeals court to decide whether tens of thousands of acres in New Mexico should be reserved as critical habitat for the endangered jaguar. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard arguments Wednesday from lawyers representing farmers and...

Feds propose major habitat protections for killer whales

Sep. 18, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. protections for the waters that a group of endangered orcas call home could soon expand beyond the Seattle area to encompass much of the West Coast, from the Canadian border to central California. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a proposal Wednesday to...

Water quality sensor hitching ride on Mississippi River boat

Sep. 16, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A data-gathering sensor attached to the American Queen steamboat will give scientists and cities a better understanding of water quality along the entire length of the Mississippi River, officials said Monday. U.S. Geological Survey and Army Corps of Engineers officials, a group of...