Latest Land conservation and preservation News

Brazil aims to deflect criticism over Amazon deforestation

Sep. 20, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In July, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dismissed global concerns about fires raging in the world's largest rainforest, saying "The Amazon is Brazil's, not yours." Now, the far-right president's government has a new message: Everything's fine, and the rainforest is open for private...

Veto of preservation funding boost stands

Sep. 19, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A program that helps New Hampshire towns and cities preserve land and rehabilitate historical buildings won't be getting a funding boost. The bill would have increased the fee paid during real estate deed transfers by $10 to generate an additional $1.5 million per year for the New...

Land trust purchases 860-acre site in West Virginia

Sep. 16, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Land Trust has purchased a site in Tucker County that includes the Moon Rocks hiking and mountain biking area. The Dominion Post reports the trust purchased the 860-acre (348 hectare) site for $800,000 through a fundraising campaign. Officials are calling it the...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Sep. 13, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Political chaos reigned in Haiti as a vote over ratifying Fritz William Michel as prime minister paralyzed parliament. In Brazil, leaders of the...

Colorado plans to make Fisher's Peak a new state park

Sep. 12, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis says Fisher's Peak and the former ranch land surrounding it will become Colorado's newest state park. Polis' office said in a statement The Nature Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land plan to transfer the 30-square-mile (77.7-sqaure-kilometer) property near...

Maine to benefit from conservation grants

Sep. 8, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine will receive more than $1.6 million from a series of grants to all 50 states that's designed to boost state parks and outdoor recreation opportunities. U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says the states, five U.S. territories, and Washington, D.C., will receive $170.6...

Iowa awarded $36M for conservation easements on flooded land

Sep. 5, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Agriculture Department has announced the award of $36 million to buy conservation easements on Iowa agriculture land damaged by flooding this year. The funds are available through the flood plain easement component of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program. Iowa Natural...

Lawsuit seeks to stop northern Idaho forest logging project

Sep. 4, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A conservation group is suing the U.S. Forest Service to stop a joint state and federal forest restoration project in northern Idaho the group says is clearcutting in one of the largest remaining old-growth cedar, hemlock and grand fir forests in the U.S. West. The Alliance for the Wild...

Black Hills National Forest getting 350 more acres

Sep. 2, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has purchased an additional 350 acres for the Black Hills National Forest for preservation of wildlife habitat and protection of at-risk watersheds and impaired streams. The Forest Service announced the purchase Wednesday from the Trust for Public Land, the Rapid...

Black Hills National Forest getting 350 more acres

Sep. 2, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has purchased an additional 350 acres for the Black Hills National Forest for preservation of wildlife habitat and protection of at-risk watersheds and impaired streams. The Rapid City Journal reports the Forest Service announced the purchase Wednesday from the...