Latest Habitat conservation and restoration News

Agency drafts conservation plan to protect Hawaii seabirds

Mar. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized the first draft of a plan to protect threatened and endangered bird species on Kauai. The Kauai Seabird Habitat Conservation Plan outlines steps being taken to minimize light pollution and other dangers to seabirds on the island, The...

Johnson County restoring natural prairies in a 10-year plan

Mar. 15, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — Johnson County is restoring its natural prairies as part of a 10-year natural resources plan aimed at preserving and restoring the nation's last tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Johnson County Parks and Recreation District is in the first year of a plan to restore and manage 8,700 acres...

Virginia lawmakers OK bill to manage wildlife collision rate

Mar. 6, 2020 5:21 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The General Assembly recently passed a measure that will create a plan to reduce wildlife-related vehicle accidents, though opponents tout the bill as an example of wasteful government spending. The bill, introduced by Sen. Dave Marsden, D-Fairfax, directs the Virginia departments of...

Rare snake wins protection under critical habitat lawsuit

Feb. 25, 2020 6:59 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A rare snake has won protection in two states under a critical habitat lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday. As a result of the suit, the wildlife service said 325,679 acres (131,797 hectares) of critical habitat in...

Nature reserve and park envisioned for shores of Utah Lake

Feb. 22, 2020 6:59 PM EST

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A proposed public park and nature reserve on the shores of Utah Lake would provide restoration habitat for ospreys, bald eagles and waterfowl as well as walking trails, fishing spots and bird watching towers. The 1,000-acre park would be nestled between Provo, Orem and Vineyard on land...

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, people try to catch fish along the Sacramento River in the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, near Courtland, Calif. California officials sued the Trump administration on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, to block new rules governing the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta. Attorney General Xavier Becerra called the new rules

California sues Trump administration to block water rules

Feb. 20, 2020 11:31 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California sued the Trump administration on Thursday to block new rules that would let farmers take more water from the state's largest river systems, arguing it would push endangered populations of delta smelt, chinook salmon and steelhead trout to extinction. The federal rules...

Early grant proposals accepted for wetland, stream projects

Feb. 16, 2020 8:48 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is accepting early proposals for $3.3 million in grants for wetland and stream preservation and restoration projects. The program, known as the ARM Fund, has awarded grant money to 106 projects since 2006 that include preservation...

Public invited to weigh in on Forest Service project

Feb. 16, 2020 10:58 AM EST

MANCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — The public may weigh in on an environmental assessment of a proposed U.S. Forest Service project on 71,000 acres in southern Vermont near the Somerset Reservior. The land is mostly in Dover, Glastenbury, Searsburg, Somerset, Stratton, Wilmington and Woodford with small sections in...

In this July 23, 2002, file photo, a common tern flies over roosting laughing gulls on the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel island in Suffolk, Va. Virginia officials announced plans Friday, Feb. 1, 2020. to create new habitat for about 25,000 seabirds after their nesting grounds were paved for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion project, a case that highlighted weakened protections for birds under President Donald Trump.   (John H. Sheally II/The Virginian-Pilot via AP, File)

After federal rollback, Virginia offers new bird protections

Feb. 14, 2020 1:28 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials announced plans Friday to create new habitat for about 25,000 seabirds after their nesting grounds were paved for a state tunnel expansion project — a case that highlighted weakened protections for birds across the U.S. under President Donald Trump. Democratic...

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, people fish along the Sacramento River in the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, near Courtland, Calif. Gov Gavin Newsom proposed new rules on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, to keep more water in the delta while restoring 60,000 acres of habitat for endangered species and generating more than $5 billion in new funding for environmental improvements. The framework, if approved, would be in place for 15 years. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California governor proposes new plan for managing water

Feb. 4, 2020 9:30 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor revealed a plan on Tuesday that would keep more water in the fragile San Joaquin River Delta while restoring 60,000 acres of habitat for endangered species and generating more than $5 billion in new funding for environmental improvements. The framework...