Latest Natural resource management News

Conservationists detail purpose of torching preserve site

Mar. 22, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Turtles and snakes and most insects are still underground, hibernating in the cold earth. Good thing, as fire starters spread out recently, streams of fire dribbling from the tips of drip torches. In seconds, long lines of flame began to consume the dry leaf litter. Years of brittle...

Missouri governor declares state of emergency amid flooding

Mar. 21, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency Thursday following flooding that left several people stranded and continues to cause damage and strain levees in several Midwest states. Parson's action will allow state agencies to work directly with local officials responding...

Interior boss order aims to protect US public land access

Mar. 21, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt ordered federal land managers on Thursday to give greater priority to access for hunting, fishing and other kinds of recreation when the government considers selling or trading public land. The secretarial order comes amid longstanding...

US judge blocks oil, gas drilling over climate change

Mar. 20, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge blocked oil and gas drilling across almost 500 square miles (1,295 sq. kilometers) in Wyoming and said the U.S. government must consider climate change impacts more broadly as it leases huge swaths of public land for energy exploration. The order marks the latest in a string...

EPA argues for shifting focus from climate change to water

Mar. 20, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unsafe drinking water, not climate change, is the world's most immediate public health issue, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler contended Wednesday. Environmental groups responded by saying the Trump administration was neglecting — or worsening —...

National Guard to help protect California towns from fires

Mar. 20, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is calling in the National Guard for the first time next month to help protect communities from devastating fires like the one that largely destroyed the city of Paradise last fall. It's pulling the troops away from President Donald Trump's border protection efforts and...

Is your kitchen-sink disposal environmentally friendly?

Mar. 20, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

If you're trying to be more eco-friendly at home, should you use your kitchen garbage disposal? It depends. "Keep in mind that when food is added to the wastewater system, it must be further treated," says Maggie Sauerhage, a spokeswoman for the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. She suggests learning about...

Orangutan mother blinded by air gun pellets in Indonesia

Mar. 19, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

SIBOLANGIT, Indonesia (AP) — An orangutan mother has been blinded after being shot with at least 74 air gun pellets on Indonesia's Sumatra island, where threats to the endangered species have increased as the palm oil and paper industries shrink its jungle habitat. An X-ray showed at least 74 air gun...

Jakarta's 1st subway to ease frustration, sweat and fumes

Mar. 18, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Commuting in Indonesia's gridlocked capital will for some involve less frustration, sweat and fumes when its first subway line opens later this month. The line is the latest of infrastructure improvements nationwide that officials hope will help the giant but laggard nation catch...

Bear cubs found by California highway may have been poached

Mar. 16, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Wildlife officials say they believe someone illegally separated two bear cubs from their mother and left the young animals along a Northern California highway. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says its investigators are processing evidence discovered with the...