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Vermont woman wins lifetime hunting, fishing license

Jan. 20, 2020 1:20 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont woman is entitled to hunt and fish for free for the rest of her life. Elizabeth Grady, 42, of Underhill, won the 2019 Vermont Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Lottery, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department announced. More than 13,000 tickets were purchased for the...

US Forest Service project allowed to proceed in Montana

Jan. 15, 2020 5:28 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A wildfire mitigation project was allowed to proceed in Montana's Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest after two conservation groups raised concerns over the impact on big game habitat, federal appeals court officials said. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the...

NOAA: Minimal impact on wildlife in proposed gas project

Jan. 11, 2020 4:13 PM EST

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — Federal authorities suggested the environmental impact of a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal and pipeline in southern Oregon would be minimal, saying the contentious project wouldn't jeopardize protected species or adversely change their critical habitat. The National Oceanic...

Wildlife conservation program accepting applications

Jan. 4, 2020 8:51 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A program that trains volunteers to promote wildlife conservation and forest stewardship in New Hampshire is ready for new participants. The New Hampshire Coverts Project, sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and New Hampshire Fish and Game, is accepting applications for its...

Conservation easement secured for Idaho wildlife, lands

Jan. 1, 2020 3:49 PM EST

CAREY, Idaho (AP) — Idaho land management officials have secured a conservation land use easement on the Cenarrusa Ranch ensuring the land in that area is not developed. The Bureau of Land Management and The Nature Conservancy in Idaho finalized the easement in the Pioneer Mountain foothills near Carey...

Charleston students to collect data for climate study

Jan. 1, 2020 2:25 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Students at two Charleston County elementary schools will have the opportunity to collect data and help scientists at NASA and NOAA who are analyzing data for an international climate change study. A $2,500 Department of Health and Environmental Control grant will help fund the...

Yakama Nation gets over $400K for 3 fish recovery projects

Dec. 27, 2019 10:07 AM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A Native American tribe in Washington state has received a state grant to fund recovery projects aimed at improving the conditions of threatened steelhead trout species in the region. The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board has awarded $414,000 to the Confederated Tribes and Bands...

Brothers donate land that has been in family for 160 years

Dec. 21, 2019 11:18 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Two Vermont brothers have given up the development rights to land their family has owned since before the Civil War so it can be conserved in perpetuity. The Vermont Land Trust announced that 186 acres of Londonderry farmland, forest and wildlife habitat has been conserved in the...

This Sept. 19, 2018 photo shows the last standing building above the Yellow Pine Pit open-pit gold mine in the Stibnite Mining District in central Idaho, where a company hopes to start mining again. Documents show the Trump administration intervening in a U.S. Forest Service decision so that a Canadian company could write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho. (Riley Bunch/Idaho Press-Tribune via AP)

Documents: Mining company writing own environmental report

Dec. 13, 2019 6:40 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Documents show the U.S. Forest Service allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho after the Trump administration became involved. The documents obtained by conservation group Earthworks show British...

FILE - In this April 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. Federal agencies have approved $225 million in settlement money from the BP oil spill for 18 projects to restore the open ocean. The projects are described in a 490-page report released Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Nearly $226M to restore open Gulf after 2010 BP oil spill

Dec. 13, 2019 1:56 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal agencies have approved nearly $226 million for 18 projects to restore open ocean and marine habitats that were decimated in the Gulf of Mexico by the 2010 BP oil spill. The projects range from $52.6 million to study deep-sea habitats to $290,000 to find ways to keep sea turtles...