Latest Land conservation and preservation News

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...

NAACP president finds family history of white abolitionists

Feb. 15, 2020 3:06 AM EST

POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Before Henry Louis Gates Jr. made "Finding Your Roots" a household program on PBS, Johnny Corson was making surprising discoveries about his family on his own. They were discoveries that traced back generations to the fight against slavery, an unexpected Quaker past, and a thirst for...

Grant will help conserve land, build trail in Dummerston

Feb. 9, 2020 8:30 AM EST

DUMMERSTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont land association is going to be getting some financial help to conserve land in the town of Dummerston and built a trail. The Putney Mountain Association will use a $116,000 grant from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board for the project. The Brattleboro Reformer...

Orphaned panther kittens thriving at wildlife refuge

Feb. 9, 2020 3:01 AM EST

YULEE, Fla. (AP) — A pair of endangered Florida panther kittens are thriving after being adopted by an internationally respected Nassau County wildlife refuge when a mysterious neurological disorder left their mother unable to care for them in the wild. Cypress and Pepper had a rough start in life, but are...

Conservationists buy Florida lake with Gulf oil spill funds

Feb. 6, 2020 3:11 AM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The Nature Conservancy acquired Lake Wimico, a 20,161 acre piece of land in the Florida Panhandle calling it one of the largest conservation wins in over a decade. In a press release Wednesday, the organization said safeguarding Lake Wimico will help preserve and protect the water...

Hawaii lawmakers propose state purchase of Maui watershed

Feb. 5, 2020 9:45 AM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers have proposed a state purchase of a watershed in the West Maui Mountains to help preserve the area's native plants, endangered species and drinking water. Bills put forward in the state House and Senate would approve funds to buy the Na Wai Eha watershed, The Maui...

Mourners pay their respects next to the coffin of environmental activist Homero Gomez Gonzalez at his wake in Ocampo, Michoacan state, Mexico, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. Relatives of the anti-logging activist who fought to protect the winter habitat of monarch butterflies don't know whether he was murdered or died accidentally, but they say they do know one thing for sure: something bad is happening to rights and environmental activists in Mexico, and people are afraid.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexico: Forest guardian suffered head trauma and drowning

Jan. 30, 2020 11:26 PM EST

OCAMPO, Mexico (AP) — An anti-logging activist prominent in efforts to protect a Mexican forest where monarch butterflies spend the winter suffered a head trauma as well as drowning, authorities announced Thursday night, potentially adding weight to the fears of family and other activists that he was...

Missing monarch butterfly activist found dead in Mexico

Jan. 29, 2020 7:44 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities have found the body of a missing farm leader who was active in protecting the wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly in Mexico, prosecutors said Wednesday. Investigators in Michoacan state said the body had been identified as Homero Gómez González, who had not...

Fond du Lac Band to require permits to access its land

Jan. 27, 2020 4:33 PM EST

CLOQUET, Minn. (AP) — The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will now require permits for most people to access its lands in northeastern Minnesota. The band said Monday the policy is a way to “better manage and conserve” resources on about 41,000 acres (16,592 hectares) of land on...

Indiana approves nature preserve with a `significant' cave

Jan. 25, 2020 9:50 AM EST

TASWELL, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's newest state nature preserve features dramatic limestone outcrops and a cave that's inhabited by rare animals adapted to life in total darkness. The Natural Resources Commission recently approved the creation of the Patoka Hills Nature Preserve, which spans nearly 27 acres...