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Volkswagen donation to expand US forest by 1,500 acres

Nov. 15, 2019 4:25 AM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen plans to donate $1.25 million to help expand Cherokee National Forest near the company’s Chattanooga plant and offer community grants. On Thursday, The Conservation Fund announced a collaboration with Volkswagen to open three tracts near the plant for outdoor...

Arizona’s tiny desert owl has new chance for protection

Nov. 15, 2019 12:33 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Environmental groups say a tiny desert owl that makes its nest inside cavities of Arizona’s saguaro cactus has a new chance for federal protection. The Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity said Thursday an Aug. 5, 2021, deadline is set for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to...

Pelosi says agreement on revamped NAFTA ‘imminent’

Nov. 14, 2019 8:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she wants to see Congress pass President Donald Trump’s revamped North American free trade deal this year. In a news conference Thursday, the California Democrat said an agreement on the pact is “imminent.” The United States, Mexico and...

After 20 years, Washington tribe hopes to hunt whales again

Nov. 14, 2019 7:51 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Patrick DePoe was in high school the last time his Native American tribe in Washington state was allowed to hunt whales. He was on a canoe that greeted the crew towing in the body of a gray whale. His shop class worked to clean the bones and reassemble the skeleton, which hangs in a tribal...

Court rules Trump EPA unlawfully ignored dangerous chemicals

Nov. 14, 2019 7:20 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration unlawfully excluded millions of tons of some of the most dangerous materials in public use from a safety review, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the U.S. Environmental Protection...

11 more endangered whooping cranes in southwest Louisiana

Nov. 14, 2019 6:11 PM EST

Eleven young endangered whooping cranes are in southwest Louisiana, being prepared to join 69 adults in the wild. The juveniles will spend about two weeks in a net-covered pen at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area near Gueydan. Whooping cranes are among the world's largest and rarest birds. The 850 or so...

Iowa reports 622 impaired water segments, a 2% increase

Nov. 14, 2019 5:51 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa will report water impairments on 622 river, lake and wetland segments to the Environmental Protection Agency as part of its biennial summary of water quality, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Thursday. That’s a 2% increase over the 608 reported in the 2016...

Catskill Aqueduct shut down for 10 weeks of repairs

Nov. 14, 2019 4:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has begun a 10-week shutdown of the Catskill Aqueduct to allow repairs of the 95-year-old tunnel. The Department of Environmental Protection plans to restore the aqueduct to maximum capacity by stripping the walls of biofilm to increase water flow, repairing minor leaks in the...

Drivers advised to be careful during deer mating season

Nov. 14, 2019 12:16 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey wildlife officials say drivers should be very cautious because deer mating season has begun. The state’s Environmental Protection Department says deer are more active during mating season so they’re more likely to run onto roads. DEP Director Dave Golden says...

Updated deer regulations aim to halt chronic wasting disease

Nov. 14, 2019 3:10 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Hunters are prohibited from bringing whole carcasses of deer, elk, moose or caribou into New York state under new regulations aimed at stopping the spread of chronic wasting disease. State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos says chronic wasting disease...