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Seaside towns offer free beach passes to Native Americans

May. 28, 2022 07:40 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Seaside communities in New England are providing free beach access to Native Americans as the summer season kicks off this Memorial Day weekend. Officials in Narragansett, Rhode Island, earlier this month approved free seasonal beach passes for anyone with a valid...

Court declines to disturb Lake Michigan beach access ruling

May. 26, 2022 11:01 AM EDT

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — A federal appeals court has declined to disturb an Indiana Supreme Court ruling, later codified into Indiana law, which declared that Lake Michigan's shoreline is — and always has been — owned by the state for the public’s use. In Wednesday's 3-0 decision,...

Alabama's largest state park expanding near Birmingham

Apr. 23, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

PELHAM, Ala. (AP) — New public access areas will be available later this year at Alabama's largest state park, which is growing with the purchase of more than 1,600 acres (647 hectares) of land in metro Birmingham. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources plans to...

Judge to Lake Oswego: Lake within city is a public resource

Apr. 21, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a lake at the heart of the affluent Portland suburb of Lake Oswego is a public resource. The city about eight miles southwest of Portland banned the public from entering the nearly 3-mile-long Oswego Lake from three parks in 2012,...

Tennessee tree planting grants applications available

Apr. 15, 2022 04:09 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Community Tree Planting Program is accepting applications for its cost-share program that pays half the cost of trees and associated expenses for public tree planting projects. The grants can be used for planting on public property, rights-of-way...

It's a Deal! Shore town, coastal group agree on beach access

Apr. 05, 2022 18:41 PM EDT

DEAL, N.J. (AP) — Deal has made a deal. And it just might satisfy everyone who had been fighting about public access to a beach in this wealthy Jersey Shore enclave in a lawsuit that had been bouncing around the legal system for three years. In a settlement announced...

51-pound record muskellunge caught in West Virginia

Mar. 24, 2022 04:04 AM EDT

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A record muskellunge has been caught in West Virginia, a state agency said. Lucas King of Burnsville caught the musky on Saturday from a public access site along the Little Kanawha River in the tailwater section of Burnsville Dam in Braxton County,...

Montana parks board gives initial OK to land purchase plan

Mar. 05, 2022 12:39 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana State Parks and Recreation Board has granted preliminary approval to a plan to try to purchase land along the lower Yellowstone River in hopes of creating public access and promoting tourism and economic development. The land acquisition where...

New Mexico Supreme Court finds stream rule unconstitutional

Mar. 01, 2022 13:58 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court determined Tuesday that a rule allowing private landowners to limit public access to streams and rivers is unconstitutional and contrary to state statute. The court announced its decision after hearing oral arguments in a case...