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FILE - In this March 24, 2017 file photo, a lone woman walks the trail along Lake Michigan at Chicago' North Avenue beach. Additional funds provided by Congress for Great Lakes environmental improvements will be used to quicken cleanups of highly toxic sites and step up work on other longstanding forms of pollution, federal officials said Thursday, April, 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Great Lakes get extra funds for cleanups, invasive species

Apr. 9, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Additional funds provided by Congress for Great Lakes environmental improvements will be used to hasten cleanups of highly toxic sites and step up work on other longstanding forms of pollution, federal officials said Thursday. Lawmakers last fall put $320 million into the 2020...

This white clover, photographed May 13, 2019, growing on a lawn near Langley, Wash., is attractive to a variety of pollinators. Re-wilding is an apt description for diversifying traditional lawns by using native plants that flower and fruit, boosting wildlife populations. They're easier to maintain, too. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

`Re-Wilding’ your lawn takes work, especially at first

Mar. 17, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

“Re-wilding” is the trend toward diversifying traditional lawns by putting in native plants that flower and fruit, boosting wildlife populations. It returns more control of the home landscape to nature. But such conservation landscaping involves more than simply quitting pruning or letting...

DNR: 51 invasive carp in Mississippi River near La Crosse

Mar. 13, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota, Wisconsin and federal officials plan to conduct large-scale netting in response to the capture of 51 invasive carp on the Mississippi River between the two states, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Friday. Commercial netters caught the silver and...

Regulations enacted to control freshwater invasive plants

Mar. 2, 2020 5:02 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is enacting tougher environmental regulations in an effort to contain the spread of invasive species. The state Department of Environmental Management introduced changes that prohibit the transport of any plants and $100 fine for each violation, The Westerly Sun...

Maine asks residents to help curb spread of invasive species

Feb. 24, 2020 5:45 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine conservation officials are asking residents in the state to take a few steps to cut down the spread of invasive species. The Pine Tree State's effort is taking place during National Invasive Species Awareness Week. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry...

Clemson professor wants to get rid of invasive tree species

Feb. 23, 2020 12:01 AM EST

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A university professor wants to rid Clemson of Bradford Pear Trees, an invasive species that's spread throughout the entire Upstate and most states east of the Mississippi. David Coyle, assistant professor of forest health and invasive species, is spearheading the Bradford Pear...

Zebra mussels bill advances in South Dakota

Feb. 19, 2020 7:53 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Legislation to prevent the spread of zebra mussels in South Dakota is headed for the state Senate. It received unanimous approval from the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday. The bill, which has already passed the House, requires people to decontaminate their boats by...

FILE - This Nov. 15, 2004 file photo shows tufa towers in Mono Lake near Lee Vining, Calif. Federal firefighters have set fire to invasive non-native weeds on an island in the Sierra Nevada's Mono Lake in an effort to clear space for California gulls to build their nests on the ground. The burn Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 cleared nearly half of 11-acre (4.45-hectare) Twain Island, the Los Angeles Times reported. The lake is an important nesting ground for gulls but the recent arrival of an Eurasian bush known as five-horn smotherweed has left little room for nesting. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Invasive plants burned at Mono Lake gull nesting grounds

Feb. 18, 2020 12:38 PM EST

LEE VINING, Calif. (AP) — Federal firefighters have set fire to invasive non-native weeds on an island in the Sierra Nevada's Mono Lake in an effort to clear space for California gulls to build their nests on the ground. The burn Friday cleared nearly half of 11-acre (4.45-hectare) Twain Island, the Los...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks after watching Asian carp being harvested from Kentucky Lake near Golden Pond, Ky., Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The harvest method mainly targets bighead and silver carp, two of the four invasive carp species collectively known as Asian carp in the U.S. Both bighead and silver carp devour plankton that form the base of the food chains, grow rapidly and reproduce prolifically, outcompeting many native fish. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

McConnell, Ky. gov watch massive Asian carp roundup

Feb. 17, 2020 3:33 PM EST

GRAND RIVERS, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was on hand Monday to witness a massive harvest of invasive Asian carp from Kentucky Lake, after an experimental roundup that wildlife officials say could be the first of many. The roundup began on Feb. 3, with state and federal fisheries...

Illinois officials to detail battle plan against gypsy moth

Feb. 17, 2020 9:37 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials’ plan to combat infestations of the gypsy moth will be the focus of several upcoming meetings in the northern part of the state. The Illinois Department of Agriculture has planned nine open houses to discuss treatment strategies at infested sites,...