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Missouri cave with ancient Native American drawings sold

Sep. 14, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri cave containing Native American artwork from more than 1,000 years ago was sold at auction Tuesday, disappointing leaders of the Osage Nation who hoped to buy the land to “protect and preserve our most sacred site.” A bidder agreed to...

Dominion to partner on solar project in Virginia coalfields

Sep. 13, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A global conservation nonprofit and Virginia's largest electricity utility announced plans Monday to develop what they say will be a large-scale solar project on former surface mines in the southwest Virginia coalfields. Dominion Energy Virginia...

Group raises $8.2M to preserve land along East Lake Okoboji

Sep. 08, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A preservation group has raised enough money to buy and preserve 50 acres on the East Lake Okoboji shoreline in northwest Iowa. The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation announced Tuesday it had raised $8.2 million to buy the land near Spirit Lake,...

Orchard restoration project preserves history of apples

Sep. 06, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project can be described as many things: an agricultural project, an economic development project, a history project — even an apple scavenger hunt. Jude and Addie Schuenemeyer founded MORP in 2014. It has several...

Maine foundation looking to fund land protection projects

Aug. 29, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A foundation in Maine is seeking proposals to help protect land throughout the state. The Maine Community Foundation funds preservation projects through its Maine Land Protection grant program. The foundation said it's taking applications for new...

Environmental group outbids rancher for Idaho grazing lease

Aug. 27, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An environmental group that wants to end public-land grazing has outbid a rancher in central Idaho for a grazing lease on state land that includes habitat for bull trout and steelhead. Western Watersheds Project’s bid of $8,200 last week won the...

New Mexico governor joins US conservation challenge

Aug. 25, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order Wednesday making New Mexico the latest Western state to join an ambitious effort to conserve nearly one-third of America's lands and waters by 2030. The Biden administration detailed its...

South Carolina conservationist Anne Springs Close dies

Aug. 21, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

FORT MILL, S.C. (AP) — Anne Springs Close, who used her family's textile fortune to give back to the community through education and land preservation, died Friday. She was 95. Close died from injuries suffered when a tree branch fell on her at her property in Fort...

New research could help preserve Gullah Geechee lands

Aug. 15, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A new genealogy research project in South Carolina could help preserve vulnerable coastal land belonging to Gullah Geechee families. The Heirs’ Property Family Research Project in Hilton Head Island will assist families with research...

Ospreys, still threatened in Illinois, are making a comeback

Aug. 09, 2021 08:10 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — After essentially disappearing from Illinois, the osprey is making a comeback thanks to a decades-long effort to eliminate harmful pesticides and provide safe places for the large, slender hawks to nest. The raptors remain a threatened species in...