Latest Nature reserves News

Agency ruling delivers big setback to Okefenokee mining plan

Jun. 05, 2022 07:24 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal agency has delivered a big setback to a company's controversial plan to mine near the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp and its vast wildlife refuge. A government memo said Friday that the Army Corps of Engineers is reasserting jurisdiction over Twin Pines...

Bidder in Alaska refuge oil and gas lease sale cancels lease

Jun. 02, 2022 12:57 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One of the bidders in an oil and gas lease sale for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge last year has canceled the lease it bought, the U.S. Interior Department said. Regenerate Alaska, a subsidiary of Australia-based 88 Energy Ltd., was one of three...

War forces zoo to scrap sending wild horses to Russia

Jun. 02, 2022 08:36 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Zoo has scrapped plans to send a group of Asian wild horses back to their native Russia in light of the war in Ukraine. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Wednesday that eight of the endangered horses, known as takhis or Przewalksi’s horses,...

Federal government sues Alaska over fishing on refuge river

May. 27, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Biden administration is suing Alaska over fishing rights on a river that runs through a national wildlife refuge, saying the state is undermining federal efforts to limit harvests when fish numbers are low to local residents in the area of predominantly Indigenous...

Infrastructure plan: $33M to clean up hundreds of oil wells

May. 25, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About $33 million of the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan recently signed into law by President Joe Biden will go toward cleanning up 277 of an estimated 15,000 abandoned oil and gas wells on federal land, the nation's interior secretary said Wednesday. ...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

May. 12, 2022 07:37 AM EDT

The Index-Journal. May 10, 2022. Editorial: It is all so tiring, but doesn’t have to be We are tired. We are tired of asking questions. We are tired of getting few answers. We are tired of being told all is well, corrective measures have been taken...

Carter asks court to defend Alaska's 'unrivaled wilderness'

May. 09, 2022 21:00 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter on Monday took the unusual step of weighing in on a court case involving his landmark conservation act and a remote refuge in Alaska. Carter filed an amicus brief in the longstanding legal dispute over efforts to build a road...

Builders hurt protected areas in climate-weary Puerto Rico

May. 06, 2022 11:22 AM EDT

SALINAS, Puerto Rico (AP) — Jacqueline Vázquez was sitting on the couch when her phone rang. She had just returned from a government office where she filed a complaint about illegal construction in an ecological reserve. The reserve is dedicated to one of the island's largest...

SC wildlife officials find first sea turtle nest of season

May. 03, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — State wildlife officials in South Carolina are reporting the discovery of the season’s first sea turtle nest. Monday's discovery comes one day after the official start of the 2022 turtle nesting season. The South Carolina Department of...

'Aggressive' Assateague Island horse moved to Texas

May. 03, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Md. (AP) — A wild horse who has become “extremely aggressive” with staff and visitors at Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland has been relocated to a Texas wildlife sanctuary, National Park Service officials announced Monday. Park service...