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Abandoned Maine railroad to become a new multi-use trail

Dec. 04, 2021 12:29 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An abandoned Maine Central Railroad Company corridor is being converted to a new multi-use trail. The Madison Branch spans 32 miles across Kennebec and Somerset Counties and will connect with the Maine Interconnected Trail System and Maine ATV...

Land company says WA violated state law with $304,000 fine

Dec. 04, 2021 12:03 PM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A southeast Washington land company is appealing a $304,000 fine over water use, saying the Washington state Department of Ecology acted unlawfully. The Department of Ecology fined Frank Tiegs LLC in Pasco for allegedly irrigating land from the...

Deal reached to reduce Yellowstone's bison herd by 600-900

Dec. 02, 2021 16:29 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Officials have agreed to allow as many as 900 bison from Yellowstone National Park to be shot by hunters, sent to slaughter or placed in quarantine this winter in a program that seeks to prevent the animals from spreading a disease to cattle. An...

Rural communities push back against solar projects in Nevada

Nov. 30, 2021 12:59 PM EST

PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — Residents of a desert town west of Las Vegas are protesting plans for a massive solar panel installation they say could harm the community and surrounding environment. Citizens Against Nye Co Solar Farms Project held a protest on Saturday against...

Mexicans hope for recovery of monarch butterflies

Nov. 28, 2021 16:38 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Communal farmers and butterfly guides are hoping for a rebound in the number of monarch butterflies — and tourists — at their wintering grounds in central Mexico after a bad year for both last year. Experts say it is too early to calculate the...

Survey: Wisconsin farmland worth 10% more than in 2020

Nov. 27, 2021 11:59 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A survey of Midwest farm bankers found Wisconsin farmland values are up 10% from the same period in 2020. Wisconsin Public Radio reports the rise in land values is driven by strong commodity prices, and demand from non-farm buyers ...

Talladega Forest wildfires 90% contained, trails reopen

Nov. 27, 2021 10:48 AM EST

BRENT, Ala. (AP) — Two separate wildfires burning in the Talladega National Forest are over 90 percent contained as of Friday and trails will reopen, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Federal officials said conditions are safe to reopen...

Vermont's wild turkeys are a restoration success story

Nov. 25, 2021 08:39 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's wild turkey population is the result of a successful wildlife restoration project, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department said. Wild turkeys had disappeared from the state in the mid-to-late 1800s when land was cleared for farming,...

Plan to cut food waste will send blueberries to food banks

Nov. 24, 2021 10:16 AM EST

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — A Maine nonprofit group is working with blueberry farmers to cut down food waste and provide fruit to food pantries in the state. Healthy Acadia, based in Ellsworth, will work with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to...

Wolf killed in Washington state for preying on cattle

Nov. 22, 2021 14:03 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Monday that an adult male wolf was killed in Columbia County, drawing criticism from wildlife advocates who contend endangered wolves should not be slain for preying on livestock. The wolf...