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Group OKs $15M for Mississippi coast restoration projects

Sep. 17, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi group has approved four projects to restore coastal areas damaged by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday. The projects were approved by the Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group, which has representatives from the...

Florida pays citrus company $28.5M for conservation land

Sep. 16, 2020 6:58 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida citrus company has sold another piece of land to the state for preservation. Fort Myers-based Alico Inc. announced Friday that the state's Florida Forever land conservation program purchased 10,702 acres (4,331 hectares) of its land in Hendry County for $28.5 million. The...

National monument proposed for southern Nevada tribal lands

Sep. 7, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Local tribes and national conservation groups are lobbying to establish a fourth national monument in southern Nevada that would preserve Indigenous cultural sites and critical environmental habitat. The proposed Avi Kwa Ame National Monument would protect nearly 600 square miles (1,553...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, Idaho Gov. Brad Little speaks at a news conference, at the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho. Governors from 22 Western states and Pacific territories want a bigger say in how the Trump administration defines habitat for wildlife protected under the Endangered Species Act. The Western Governors Association said in a letter Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that states should be equals in creating the new definition that could have implications for how states manage imperiled animals and plants. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP, File)

Governors want more say in habitat rule for at-risk wildlife

Sep. 4, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Governors from 22 Western states and Pacific territories want a bigger say in how the Trump administration defines habitat for wildlife protected under the Endangered Species Act. The new definition could have implications for how states manage imperiled animals and plants, the Western...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2011, file photo is a gopher frog at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. Federal officials are proposing on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, changes to how the endangered species act is used following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on habitat for the frog. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

US wildlife agency seeks to carve out areas from protections

Sep. 4, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Trump administration proposal released Friday would allow the government to deny habitat protections for endangered animals and plants in areas that would see greater economic benefits from being developed — a change critics said could open lands to more energy development...

Environmental groups sue to block Alaska's Arctic drilling

Aug. 25, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Environmental groups filed lawsuits aimed at halting efforts by the Trump administration to open up wide swaths of Alaska’s Arctic to oil drilling. Two separate lawsuits were filed late Monday challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s plan to allow drilling on more...

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St. Croix River prairie remnant waits to learn fate

Aug. 22, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Armed with a white basket fastened around her waist and a pair of clippers in her left hand, Evanne Hunt waded through the restored Blueberry Hill tallgrass prairie south of Bayport. “I’m looking for white prairie clover,” Hunt explained, clipping a seed head of...

FILE - This Sept. 19, 2018, file photo, shows the Yellow Pine Pit open-pit gold mine in the Stibnite Mining District in central Idaho, where a company hopes to start mining again. A Canadian company that is seeking U.S. approval for three open-pit gold mines in central Idaho is suing the U.S. government contending U.S. officials are allowing water pollution at the heavily-mined site in violation of environmental laws. British Columbia-based Midas Gold filed the lawsuit Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, against the U.S. Forest Service under the citizen enforcement provision of the Clean Water Act. (Riley Bunch//The Idaho Press-Tribune via AP, File)

Canadian mining company sues US over Idaho water pollution

Aug. 19, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Canadian company seeking U.S. approval for three open-pit gold mines in central Idaho is suing the U.S. government, contending U.S. officials are allowing water pollution at the already heavily mined site in violation of environmental laws. British Columbia-based Midas Gold filed the...

Lake Michigan man-made reef to mimic natural coastline reefs

Aug. 17, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — A man-made reef is being constructed in Lake Michigan as part of a project to restore and connect 1.5 miles (2.41 kilometers) of coastal fish habitat at the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve. Slabs of native limestone, glacial boulders and cobbles, and large woody debris such as tree...

FILE - This Sept. 19, 2018, file photo shows the Yellow Pine Pit open-pit gold mine in the Stibnite Mining District in central Idaho, where a company hopes to start mining again. The U.S. government has released a draft environmental report on the potential effects of three open-pit gold mines in central Idaho proposed by a Canadian company. The U.S. Forest Service will take comments for 60 days on the documents released Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, involving British Columbia-based Midas Gold's plan that includes restoration work in the already heavily-mined area. (Riley Bunch/The Idaho Press-Tribune via AP, File)

U.S. releases draft assessment of Idaho open-pit gold mines

Aug. 14, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday released a draft environmental report on the potential effects of three open-pit gold mines in salmon habitat in central Idaho proposed by a Canadian company. The U.S. Forest Service will take comments for 60 days on the documents involving British...