Latest Land conservation and preservation News

Vermont conserves 6,500 acres in Worcester and Elmore

Jan. 17, 2022 10:28 AM EST

WORCESTER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Land Trust and the state of Vermont have finalized a deal to protect 6,500 acres of land in Worcester and Elmore. The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation has purchased conservation easements for two large parcels of forestland in...

Over 50K Maine acres to be protected by conservation push

Jan. 17, 2022 08:17 AM EST

FAYETTE, Maine (AP) — More than 50,000 acres of land around Maine will be conserved as part of a land protection drive, according to a charitable foundation. The Maine Community Foundation said funding for the 15 conservation projects involved in the effort totals $619,000. The...

Property at Boscawen dairy farm to be protected as cropland

Jan. 10, 2022 02:04 AM EST

BOSCAWEN, N.H. (AP) — More than 120 acres at a nearly century-old dairy farm in Boscawen is going to be protected as cropland. The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests announced Friday it worked with the town to buy a conservation easement for the property. ...

Teetor retires after 31 years of helping Clarke County

Jan. 09, 2022 09:02 AM EST

BERRYVILLE, Va. (AP) — As surrounding localities have steadily become more urbanized, Clarke County has remained largely rural and agricultural to the wishes of residents and officials alike. Much of the work to keep it that way has been the responsibility of Natural Resources...

Conservation group lands $1M to protect biodiverse forest

Jan. 02, 2022 09:48 AM EST

TRAFALGAR, Ind. (AP) — A conservation group has landed a $1 million gift aimed at protecting and improving a central Indiana nature preserve that’s part of one of the state’s most biodiverse forested areas. The donation from Leonard and Kathryn Betley and their family to the...

Meridian Township cull aims to reduce deer-vehicle crashes

Dec. 29, 2021 12:32 PM EST

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — About 200 deer are expected to be culled as part of a deer management program in a Lansing-area community. The cull in Meridian Township was expected to start Saturday and run to Feb. 28, the Lansing State Journal reported. It will...

Zuckerberg buys more Hawaii land, including deadly dam site

Dec. 27, 2021 15:31 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has purchased more property in Hawaii, including most of a reservoir that unleashed a deadly flood 15 years ago. Property records show Zuckerberg’s Kaloko LLC bought a 110-acre (44.5-hectare) site on Kauai last month...

Casco Bay watershed acres to be protected in Maine

Dec. 26, 2021 12:56 PM EST

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Maine conservation authorities are going to use more than $450,000 in federal money to protect dozens of acres of coastal wetlands in the southern part of the state. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has received the grant from the U.S....

$1M donation to help expand protected Indiana woodland

Dec. 25, 2021 09:24 AM EST

TRAFALGAR, Ind. (AP) — A conservation group plans to use a $1 million donation to help reforestation work and add property to a 700-acre (283-hectare) woodland it protects in central Indiana. The Central Indiana Land Trust said the donation from Leonard and Kathryn Betley and their...

Washington buys more Steptoe Butte land to preserve it

Dec. 21, 2021 17:25 PM EST

COLFAX, Wash. (AP) — The largest remaining area of native Palouse prairie in southeastern Washington state will be preserved thanks to a transaction that moved hundreds of acres of Steptoe Butte into public ownership. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports Kent Bassett, of Bellevue,...