Latest Land management News

Effort to save church rooted in sense of community

Jan. 28, 2020 8:04 AM EST

GILMANTON, N.H. (AP) — The oversized bell at the First Baptist Church in Gilmanton rings no more. The bell tower of the Greek Revival church built in 1842 is listing backward toward the center of the structure. Its centuries-old support beams and a critical wind brace have deteriorated to the point that...

Canadian firm proposes mineral mine in northern Maine

Jan. 28, 2020 1:10 AM EST

MOUNT CHASE, Maine (AP) — A development firm operating in Maine wants to start an underground metallic mineral mine in the northern part of the state. The Land Use Planning Commission said Monday it has received a zoning petition from Wolfden Mt. Chase, which wants to rezone about 200 acres in a rural area...

Fond du Lac Band to require permits to access its land

Jan. 27, 2020 4:33 PM EST

CLOQUET, Minn. (AP) — The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will now require permits for most people to access its lands in northeastern Minnesota. The band said Monday the policy is a way to “better manage and conserve” resources on about 41,000 acres (16,592 hectares) of land on...

Maine CDC warns of potential hepatitis exposure at market

Jan. 27, 2020 2:04 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that consumers might have been exposed to a form of hepatitis at a market in the central part of the state. The agency and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said they have identified a case of...

US land agency seeks to ID public parcels that lack access

Jan. 27, 2020 11:07 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. land managers say they will release by mid-March a priority list of federal lands that need but don’t have public access. U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials said they want people to nominate lands where the public could legally hunt, fish or pursue other...

In this Jan. 9, 2020, photo provided by the Anti-Poaching Special Squad, the exterior of a store suspected of selling trafficked wildlife is seen in Guangde city in central China's Anhui Province. The outbreak of a new virus linked to a wildlife market in central China is prompting renewed calls for enforcement of laws against the trade in and consumption of exotic species. (Anti-Poaching Special Squad via AP)

China temporarily bans wildlife trade in wake of outbreak

Jan. 26, 2020 7:51 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities temporarily banned the trade of wild animals Sunday following a viral outbreak in Wuhan, saying they will “severely investigate and punish” violators. Local authorities will “strengthen inspections and severely investigate and punish those who are...

Wild horse named Picasso attracts ardent photographers, fans

Jan. 26, 2020 1:38 PM EST

SAND WASH BASIN, Colo. (AP) — They all have a story about Picasso, now the most famous wild horse in America, as if the old pinto was putting on a show just for them. It might be the first time they saw the tri-color mustang galloping across the scrubby terrain of Colorado's Sand Wash Basin, heading full...

Indiana approves nature preserve with a `significant' cave

Jan. 25, 2020 9:50 AM EST

TASWELL, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's newest state nature preserve features dramatic limestone outcrops and a cave that's inhabited by rare animals adapted to life in total darkness. The Natural Resources Commission recently approved the creation of the Patoka Hills Nature Preserve, which spans nearly 27 acres...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 1996, file photo, tourists cast their shadows on the ancient Anasazi ruins of Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. Lawmakers from the country's largest American Indian reservation may have thrown a wrinkle into efforts aimed at establishing a permanent buffer around the national park as New Mexico's congressional delegation, environmentalists and other tribes try to keep oil and gas development from getting closer to the World Heritage site. Navajo Nation delegates voted Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, to support a buffer only half the size of the one proposed in legislation pending in Congress. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)

Navajo lawmakers opt for smaller buffer around national park

Jan. 24, 2020 7:13 PM EST

Lawmakers from the country's largest American Indian reservation may have thrown a wrinkle into efforts aimed at establishing a permanent buffer around Chaco Culture National Historical Park, as New Mexico’s congressional delegation, environmentalists and other tribes try to keep oil and gas development...

Forest Service to build Colorado Springs firefighting base

Jan. 24, 2020 2:15 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Springs Airport and U.S. Forest Service announced plans to spend $17 million to build a regional firefighting base at the airport. The base will allow air tankers to load retardant to battle fires in five states and parts of 10 others, The Gazette reports. A...