Latest Habitat conservation and restoration News

Nature reserve and park envisioned for shores of Utah Lake

Feb. 22, 2020 6:59 PM EST

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A proposed public park and nature reserve on the shores of Utah Lake would provide restoration habitat for ospreys, bald eagles and waterfowl as well as walking trails, fishing spots and bird watching towers. The 1,000-acre park would be nestled between Provo, Orem and Vineyard on land...

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, people try to catch fish along the Sacramento River in the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, near Courtland, Calif. California officials sued the Trump administration on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, to block new rules governing the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta. Attorney General Xavier Becerra called the new rules

California sues Trump administration to block water rules

Feb. 20, 2020 11:31 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California sued the Trump administration on Thursday to block new rules that would let farmers take more water from the state's largest river systems, arguing it would push endangered populations of delta smelt, chinook salmon and steelhead trout to extinction. The federal rules...

Early grant proposals accepted for wetland, stream projects

Feb. 16, 2020 8:48 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is accepting early proposals for $3.3 million in grants for wetland and stream preservation and restoration projects. The program, known as the ARM Fund, has awarded grant money to 106 projects since 2006 that include preservation...

Public invited to weigh in on Forest Service project

Feb. 16, 2020 10:58 AM EST

MANCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — The public may weigh in on an environmental assessment of a proposed U.S. Forest Service project on 71,000 acres in southern Vermont near the Somerset Reservior. The land is mostly in Dover, Glastenbury, Searsburg, Somerset, Stratton, Wilmington and Woodford with small sections in...

In this July 23, 2002, file photo, a common tern flies over roosting laughing gulls on the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel island in Suffolk, Va. Virginia officials announced plans Friday, Feb. 1, 2020. to create new habitat for about 25,000 seabirds after their nesting grounds were paved for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion project, a case that highlighted weakened protections for birds under President Donald Trump.   (John H. Sheally II/The Virginian-Pilot via AP, File)

After federal rollback, Virginia offers new bird protections

Feb. 14, 2020 1:28 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials announced plans Friday to create new habitat for about 25,000 seabirds after their nesting grounds were paved for a state tunnel expansion project — a case that highlighted weakened protections for birds across the U.S. under President Donald Trump. Democratic...

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, people fish along the Sacramento River in the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, near Courtland, Calif. Gov Gavin Newsom proposed new rules on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, to keep more water in the delta while restoring 60,000 acres of habitat for endangered species and generating more than $5 billion in new funding for environmental improvements. The framework, if approved, would be in place for 15 years. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California governor proposes new plan for managing water

Feb. 4, 2020 9:30 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor revealed a plan on Tuesday that would keep more water in the fragile San Joaquin River Delta while restoring 60,000 acres of habitat for endangered species and generating more than $5 billion in new funding for environmental improvements. The framework...

Pelicans fly over and sit on man made rock revetment on Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay, La., Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. The island provides a crucial nesting ground for pelicans and other seabirds and is being restored to nearly its former size after decades of coastal erosion and the devastating blow of an offshore oil spill 10 years ago. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

BP oil spill cash rebuilds eroded Louisiana pelican island

Feb. 4, 2020 3:55 AM EST

QUEEN BESS ISLAND, La. (AP) — A Louisiana island that provides a crucial nesting ground for pelicans and other seabirds is being restored to nearly its former size after decades of coastal erosion and a devastating offshore oil spill 10 years ago. Gov. John Bel Edwards visited the island Monday, unveiling...

Conservation group buys grove of old-growth redwoods

Jan. 31, 2020 3:31 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco conservation group has reached an agreement to buy a canyon in the Santa Cruz Mountains that includes 100 acres of ancient redwood trees, a purchase that will help create a continuous corridor of protected redwood habitat stretching to the Pacific Ocean. Save the...

State faces calls to act more swiftly on climate change

Jan. 30, 2020 6:09 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has set some of the nation's most ambitious goals on fighting climate change, but some activists say it isn't moving fast enough. Lawmakers holding budget hearings this week faced protests from environmental and left-leaning groups who criticized the lack of new solar and...

FILE - This Aug. 31, 2019 file photo shows a woman walking along a beach before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas. Airbnb is giving five people a chance to spend a two-month sabbatical in the Bahamas in an attempt to boost the Caribbean island after it suffered damage from Hurricane Dorian last year. Contest winners will work with the Bahamas National Trust for two months on projects including coral reef restoration, pineapple farming and boat building.  (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

Airbnb launches Bahamas sabbatical to help after Dorian

Jan. 28, 2020 10:51 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Airbnb is giving a few people a chance to spend a two-month sabbatical in the Bahamas in an attempt to boost the Caribbean island damaged last year by Hurricane Dorian. At least 67 people were killed and more than $3.4 billion in damage was caused when Hurricane Dorian swept through the...