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Nearly 1,200 acres protected in Vermont's Taconic Mountains

Jan. 18, 2021 3:35 PM EST

SHAFTSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Nearly 1,200 acres of land in the area of West Mountain in Shaftsbury is now protected with a deal arranged by the Vermont Land Trust. The trust said it worked with David and Cheryl Mance to conserve the land in Vermont’s Taconic Mountains in southern Vermont. Another nearly...

Time running out for Northwest salmon species, report says

Jan. 18, 2021 1:30 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington report has found one of the state's iconic fish is facing a threat to its existence as a result of climate change. The 2020 State of Salmon in Watersheds report by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office found the state's salmon are “teetering on the brink...

FILE- In this June 25, 2003, file photo, bison wander along a hillside at the National Bison Range near Moiese, Mont. Federal officials have transferred the range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. (AP Photo/Jack Sullivan, File)

Montana's National Bison Range transferred to tribes

Jan. 18, 2021 11:47 AM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Red Sleep Mountain began its official return to the Flathead Indian Reservation on Friday as Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed papers transferring the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. “The CSKT have strong and deep historical,...

Galaxy star Bautista offers reward for Trump carved manatee

Jan. 18, 2021 4:45 AM EST

“Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Dave Bautista is offering a $20,000 reward to catch whoever etched “Trump” into a Florida manatee's back. A video showing the gentle sea cow emerged with the word “TRUMP” scraped in algae on its back went viral after it was spotted in the...

Col. Robert Hilliard, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District, speaks during a press conference Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, organized by the Environmental Protection Agency at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District facility in Vicksburg, Miss. (Tim Reeves/The Vicksburg Post via AP)

Analysis: Mississippi pump fight unresolved as Trump departs

Jan. 17, 2021 5:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Farmers and environmentalists have been arguing for decades over proposals for a massive federal flood-control project in the south Mississippi Delta. The fight is continuing into a new presidential administration. Four conservation groups are suing the Environmental Protection...

Stacks of logs in the San Francisco Peaks of the Coconino National Forest in northern Arizona await cutting and splitting into firewood on June 8, 2020. Tall stacks of logs left over from a forest thinning project in mountains overlooking Flagstaff are being processed into thousands of cords of free firewood to provide a winter heat source for northern Arizonans, including residents of the Navajo and Hopi reservations. (AP Photo/Paul Davenport)

Thinning project provides firewood for northern Arizonans

Jan. 17, 2021 11:39 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Tall stacks of logs left over from a forest thinning project in mountains overlooking Flagstaff are being processed into thousands of cords of free firewood to provide a winter heat source for northern Arizonans, including residents of the Navajo and Hopi reservations. ...

Environmental groups wants closer look at glamping resort

Jan. 17, 2021 10:10 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Eight environmental groups have submitted a petition to the Gallatin County Planning Board and Director requesting a more robust evaluation of a controversial development in Montana's Gallatin Gateway. The groups are asking the board and director to formally determine whether the...

In this image provided by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, bighorn ewe springs from a specially made trailer used for bighorn sheep transfers while being released along the South Fork of the Judith River in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest in Montana on Dec. 16, 2020. Montana wildlife officials have transplanted 49 bighorn sheep into the Little Belt Mountains, in an effort to create a new herd. (Morgan Jacobsen/Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks via AP)

Wild sheep transplanted to new home in Little Belt Mountains

Jan. 16, 2021 12:48 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — After scattering like wildfire in a gust of wind, 49 bighorn sheep have settled in to their new home in the Little Belt Mountains. “One ewe went 24 miles north on the day of the release, turned around and came back,” said Jay Kolbe, wildlife biologist for the Montana...

Lawmakers seek amendment to ensure 'environmental rights'

Jan. 16, 2021 11:21 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Democratic state senators are seeking to strengthen protections for the environment and natural resources through a joint resolution that seeks to amend the state constitution and bring New Mexico in line with numerous other states that already guarantee residents rights to...

Utah approved to build highway through conservation area

Jan. 16, 2021 11:14 AM EST

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — The Utah Division of Transportation and Washington County received approval to build a four-lane highway that would pass through the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, a protected Mojave desert tortoise habitat in southern Utah. President Donald Trump's administration granted...