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Judge sides with conservationists in sheep grazing dispute

Apr. 16, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday sided with conservation groups who said allowing domestic sheep to graze in a mountain range along the Idaho-Montana border as part of a government agriculture program could harm grizzly bears and other wildlife. Chief...

Interior head Haaland revokes Trump-era orders on energy

Apr. 16, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday revoked a series of Trump administration orders that promoted fossil fuel development on public lands and waters, and issued a separate directive that prioritizes climate change in agency decisions. The moves...

Environmental group sues over protections for 20 species

Apr. 15, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An environmental group filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging the federal government has failed to act on petitions to protect nine species under the Endangered Species Act and hasn't designated critical habitat for 11 other species that are already protected. ...

Environmental groups sue to halt post-fire logging in forest

Apr. 15, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Seven environmental groups have filed a lawsuit to halt post-fire logging in Santiam State Forest. The suit filed Wednesday seeks to stop the Oregon Department of Forestry from current logging and bar it from moving forward with timber sales and...

Biologists defy Cyprus' ethnic divide to protect environment

Apr. 15, 2021 05:00 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — There’s something regal in the sprightly step and curious gaze of the long-horn sheep that roam the hills near Varisia, an abandoned village inside a U.N. buffer zone that cuts across ethnically divided Cyprus. The endangered Mouflon sheep...

Epic drought means water crisis on Oregon-California border

Apr. 14, 2021 22:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of farmers who rely on a massive irrigation project that spans the Oregon-California border learned Wednesday they will get a tiny fraction of the water they need amid the worst drought in decades, as federal regulators attempt to balance the needs of...

Conservation groups sue Engineer Corps over Yazoo Pumps

Apr. 14, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A coalition of conservation groups is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a massive flood-control project in the south Mississippi Delta they say was hastily approved in the final days of the Trump administration. American Rivers, National...

Statue of Native American leader step closer to U.S. Capitol

Apr. 14, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed a measure that starts the process of honoring the late Billy Frank Jr — a Nisqually tribal member who championed treaty rights and protecting the environment — with a statue at the U.S. Capitol. ...

Many testify about proposed limits, rules for aquaculture

Apr. 14, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill that seeks to limit the size of aquaculture leases and would change how leases are transferred in Maine drew testimony from a range of aquafarmers, fishermen and women, advocates and others who depend on the state's ocean resources for their livelihoods. ...

New River Gorge Park offers fishing events for grandfamilies

Apr. 14, 2021 04:22 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve will host fishing days for grandfamilies. The events, targeted for grandparents raising their grandchildren, will take place on May 16, June 5 and June 26 from noon to 5 p.m. They will be held at...