Latest Land conservation and preservation News

Groups purchase 16,000 acres for coastal wildlife management

Dec. 6, 2019 12:08 PM EST

Conservation groups have purchased a 16,000 acre stretch of undeveloped Georgia coastline and plan to make it into a new wildlife management area. The Atlanta Journal-constitution reports that the land, known as the Ceylon property, was purchased for an undisclosed amount by the Conservation Fund and Open Space...

Utah ski resorts pull out of proposed land swaps

Dec. 1, 2019 3:25 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Four Utah ski resorts are backing out of proposed land swaps that would have set aside some of their mountainside terrain for conservation in exchange for public lands near their bases. The resorts made the decision after determining their lands on the steep slopes are worth so much...

An Oklahoma wildlife refuge expands territory

Dec. 1, 2019 1:06 AM EST

MCCURTAIN COUNTY, Okla. (AP) — Little River National Wildlife Refuge added 160 acres of protected forest and wetlands earlier this month, a move that will make a large area of the refuge usable by visitors for the first time. Surrounded by the refuge, the land is now protected from development and will be...

Vermont nonprofit proposes new nature preserve

Nov. 30, 2019 11:53 AM EST

DUMMERSTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont-based nonprofit has proposed a nature preserve that would protect more than 1,100 acres. The Brattleboro Reformer reports the Green Mountain Conversancy has proposed a nature preserve that would run through Dummerston, Brookline and Newfane, making it the first parcel owned...

Shell shock: Giant invasive mussels eradicated from US ponds

Nov. 29, 2019 9:59 AM EST

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Most Americans know mussels as thumb-sized shellfish that occasionally adorn restaurant dinner plates. But a colony of mussels as big as the dinner plates themselves has recently been wiped out from a New Jersey pond, where they had threatened to spread to the nearby Delaware...

In Florida and elsewhere, GOP pressured over climate change

Nov. 27, 2019 12:34 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Since taking office in January, Florida’s Republican governor has appointed a science officer, established a climate change czar and pledged to spend billions of dollars to restore the Everglades and combat the pollutants that spawn blue-green algae and red tides. A top...

Federal land agency increases public ownership in Montana

Nov. 23, 2019 10:19 AM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Federal land officials have closed on a $5.6 million property purchase in Montana adding to the amount of public ownership in the region. The Missoulian reported Friday that the Bureau of Land Management bought more than 11 square miles (28 square kilometers) of public lands Thursday...

Forest Service to review water diversions in Sawtooth Valley

Nov. 22, 2019 4:28 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has agreed to complete environmental reviews of 20 water diversions in central Idaho that a conservation group says could be harming imperiled salmon. A U.S. District Court judge on Thursday signed off on the agreement between the Forest Service and Idaho...

US agency to consider expanded drilling in Alaska reserve

Nov. 21, 2019 6:20 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration will consider a new management plan and expanded oil drilling for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, an Indiana-size area that former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar characterized as an “iconic place on our Earth.” The Bureau of Land...

Land trusts near preserving hundreds of Maine forest acres

Nov. 20, 2019 1:16 AM EST

BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — A land trust group in Maine says it’s closer to a goal of protecting 1,400 acres of forest in the southern part of the state thanks to an anonymous donation. Loon Echo Land Trust and The Trust for Public Land want to preserve the land in the town of Sebago. The groups say they...