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Conservation project buys huge tracts of coalfields forest

Jul. 15, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The nonprofit Nature Conservancy announced Monday it has partnered with private investors to acquire over a quarter-million acres (101,000 hectares) of forest land in the coalfields of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. The group said its new Cumberland Forest Project is designed to not...

Alaska man charged with illegally killing polar bear

Jul. 14, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man has been charged with the illegal killing of a polar bear in violation of federal law. Chris Gordon of Kaktovik shot the bear outside his home, leaving the carcass there for five months without salvaging any part of it, according to federal prosecutors. "Mr. Gordon...

Hurricane Barry's rain and floods hammer Gulf environment

Jul. 14, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

Hurricane Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways, from accelerating runoff of farmland nutrients to toppling trees and damaging wildlife habitat and fisheries, scientists say. But the extent of the damage — and whether it will be at least...

Rare sea turtles smash nesting records in Georgia, Carolinas

Jul. 13, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Rare sea turtles are smashing nesting records this summer on beaches in the Southeast, with scientists crediting the egg-laying boom to conservation measures that began more than 30 years ago. Giant loggerhead sea turtles weighing up to 300 pounds (136 kilograms) crawl ashore to dig...

Chevron spills 800,000 gallons of oil, water in California

Jul. 12, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials began to clean up a massive oil spill Friday that dumped nearly 800,000 gallons of oil and water into a California canyon, making it larger — if less devastating — than the state's last two major oil spills. The newly revealed spill has been flowing off and...

Man convicted of trafficking sharks kept in his basement

Jul. 12, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

LAGRANGEVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A man who kept sharks in a pool in his upstate New York basement has been convicted of trafficking wildlife. The state Department of Environmental Conservation and the attorney general's office say Friday that Joshua Seguine, of LaGrangeville, pleaded guilty to illegal...

Illinois mulling options to Asian carp issue in Lake Decatur

Jul. 12, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is considering options to deal with thousands of invasive Asian carp that are clustering near the base of the Lake Decatur dam. Jacques Nuzzo, program director for the Illinois Raptor Center, said he contacted the state department after...

Kentucky wildlife officials trying new Asian carp control

Jul. 12, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — A fishing method originally developed in China will be used to remove invasive Asian carp from Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. The "unified method" of fishing drives carp through a series of large nets into a containment area, where they can be harvested, said Kevin Irons, aquatic...

EPA restores broad use of pesticide opposed by beekeepers

Jul. 12, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency will allow farmers to resume broad use of a pesticide over objections from beekeepers, citing private chemical industry studies that the agency says show the product does only lower-level harm to bees and wildlife. Friday's EPA announcement —...

Governor pushes back at feds on protection for rare whales

Jul. 12, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A directive for new protections for endangered right whales represents an "absurd federal overreach" that places an unfair burden on Maine's signature lobster fishery, Gov. Janet Mills said. She ordered the state Department of Marine Resources to draft an alternative plan that would...