Latest Land conservation and preservation News

Land trust acquires 38 acres along northern Indiana river

Apr. 11, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

MIDDLEBURY, Ind. (AP) — Nearly 40 acres in northern Indiana that includes wooded wetlands that are home to wildlife and native plants have been acquired by a land trust for protection as a nature preserve. The nonprofit ACRES Land Trust acquired the 38 acres along the...

Art grows from nature in outdoor sculpture 'Hedgerow'

Apr. 11, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

RADFORD, Va. (AP) — On a beautiful April morning, one log intended for an art installation proved to be a little too heavy to stay upright. Luckily, no people or pickup trucks were damaged as it toppled. A few deliveries by horse and cart later, Floyd County artist...

Biden halts sale of National Archives center in Seattle

Apr. 08, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Biden administration has halted its predecessor’s decision to sell the federal archives building in Seattle, following months of opposition from people across the Pacific Northwest and a lawsuit. Washington Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria...

Land trust's `challenge' aims to get Hoosiers back outdoors

Apr. 03, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

TRAFALGAR, Ind. (AP) — The wind whistled through the bare branches of towering red and white oaks at Laura Hare Preserve at Blossom Hollow, carrying the scent of the forest and of the arrival of spring. From on top of a ridge, visitors to the Trafalgar area preserve...

Northam acts on sweeping voting rights measure, other bills

Mar. 31, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Facing a deadline to act on bills from this year's legislative session, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday that he had signed several high-profile measures, including a school reopening bill, and advanced a sweeping voting rights measure. ...

Alaska files to defend Tongass exemption from Roadless Rule

Mar. 27, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska and several other groups have filed to defend the Tongass National Forest's exemption from a rule that limits development on federal land. The filing fights back against a group of tribal, environmental, fishing and tourism...

Conservationists sue to save spotted owl logging protections

Mar. 24, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to preserve protections for 3.4 million acres (1.4 million hectares) of northern spotted owl habitat from the US-Canada border to northern California, the latest salvo in a legal battle over logging in federal...

Longtime president, CEO of St. Louis Zoo to retire

Mar. 24, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The longtime president and CEO of the St. Louis Zoo plans to retire at the end of the year. The zoo announced Jeffrey Bonner's retirement on Wednesday. Bonner, 67, said he will stay with the zoo through the middle of 2022 to ensure a smooth transition....

EXPLAINER: Why is Biden halting federal oil and gas sales?

Mar. 23, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden shut down oil and gas lease sales from the nation’s vast public lands and waters in his first days in office, citing worries about climate change. Now his administration has to figure out what do with the multibillion-dollar program without...

San Diego County to purchase, expand conservation land

Mar. 21, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County will purchase 2,151 acres (about 9 square kilometers) of land in Campo in junction with the U.S. Navy to expand its conservation land, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Sunday. The property contains a combination of chaparral,...