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West Monroe riverfront development on the way

Jan. 16, 2022 00:13 AM EST

WEST MONROE, La. (AP) — Downtown West Monroe is one step closer to getting an exciting new look. The City of West Monroe is working on a development that will give citizens recreational access to the Ouachita River. The city has raised the money for the first phase of its ambitious...

Another Game Commission member gone amid stream access fight

Jan. 12, 2022 17:16 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has dismissed another member of a state panel that oversees wildlife conservation and hunting and fishing regulations as a dispute percolates over public access to streams and rivers that flow through private property. ...

Maine nonprofit buys Penobscot Bay island for $1.6 million

Dec. 29, 2021 14:42 PM EST

SHEEP ISLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine conservation nonprofit has purchased an island in Penobscot Bay for $1.6 million for public usage and accessibility, starting in 2022. The Maine Coast Heritage Trust is adding Sheep Island, off Owls Head, to the list of properties it has purchased...

Scenic stretch of Lost Coast redwoods to be spared the ax

Dec. 09, 2021 19:15 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rugged Lost Coast is about to become less forbidding. A conservation group on Thursday said it planned to purchase a scenic 5-mile (8-kilometer) stretch of the Northern California coastline from a lumber company to protect it from logging and eventually open...

Ghana orders vaccinations for restaurant, stadium access

Nov. 29, 2021 11:26 AM EST

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghana’s government is ordering access to beaches, restaurants, night clubs and stadiums be limited to people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, as part of its efforts to fight the spread of the virus. While the omicron variant of...

Southern Arizona ranches find new life as conservation areas

Nov. 29, 2021 08:04 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A pair of ranches and a ghost town in southern Arizona will be conserved for wildlife and recreation under separate deals brokered recently by nonprofit land trusts. Just over 7.8 square miles (20.2 square kilometers) of once-private land were...

Financier's Northern California ranch to become public park

Nov. 17, 2021 16:59 PM EST

COVELO, Calif. (AP) — A ranch in remote Northern California once owned by the late financier Dean Witter has been sold to a nature conservancy that plans to convert into a park, providing public access to a wild and scenic stretch of the Eel River for the first time. ...

Federal court considering dispute over Lake Michigan access

Nov. 11, 2021 11:57 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court appeared unlikely to disturb a 2018 Indiana Supreme Court ruling that held that the shoreline of Lake Michigan is, and always has been, owned by the state for the public's use. Judges on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago...