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Backers get needed funds for North Dakota Roosevelt library

Oct. 27, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's governor, Microsoft, a Walmart heir, and a Fargo media mogul are among the major financial backers of a proposed presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt in the state's western Badlands where he hunted, ranched and lived a cowboy life before becoming the 26th U.S....

This March 5, 2018 photo shows traffic on Highway 41 in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.  Charleston County’s proposal to widen S.C. Highway 41 has drawn thousands of public comments. Some supporters call the road through the historic Black community of Phillips the cost-effective, obvious choice. Others decried it as a discriminatory plan that puts the burden on those with least political power.   (Grace Beahm Alford/The Post And Courier via AP)

South Carolina county's plan to widen highway causes split

Oct. 19, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — Charleston County’s proposal to widen S.C. Highway 41 has drawn thousands of public comments. Some supporters call the road through the historic Black community of Phillips the cost-effective, obvious choice. Others decried it as a discriminatory plan that puts the burden...

AP Exchange: Nevada home to world's 3rd largest Joshua tree

Oct. 17, 2020 3:10 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — In a land of twisted limbs and giant Dr. Seuss-like branches reaching toward the sky, it stood out among the others. A group of conservationists were driving through a remote section of the proposed Avi Kwa Ame National Monument in southern Nevada when someone in the car called out...

Transfer of Maine country club will conserve 175 acres

Oct. 15, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

YORK, Maine (AP) — A golf club in southern Maine said it will conserve about 175 acres along a river as part of its acquisition of a country club. The York Golf and Tennis Club said it has accepted a transfer of the York Country Club's 186-acre property and all holdings. The tennis club said it has agreed...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020 file photo, supporters of a homeless encampment gather at the camp on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. City officials have reached an agreement announced Tuesday, Oct. 13, that will close a homeless encampment that has occupied the Benjamin Franklin Parkway since June 10 by the end of the week. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Agreement reached to end homeless encampment in Philadelphia

Oct. 14, 2020 9:14 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — City officials have reached an agreement that will close a homeless encampment that has occupied the Benjamin Franklin Parkway since June 10 by the end of the week. Under terms of the deal announced Tuesday night, an estimated 150 people have agreed to leave their tents. In return, the...

Groups beginning effort to conserve land on Vermont ridge

Oct. 11, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

LYNDON, Vt. (AP) — Two groups are beginning an effort to conserve 269 acres of land in the Vermont town of Lyndon. The Kingdom Trail Association and Vermont Land Trust say they’ve begun a campaign to conserve 269 acres (109 hectares) of land on Darling Ridge. The non-profit trail association...

Manager backtracks after criticizing footbridge replacement

Oct. 10, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — A town manager who criticized an anonymous hiker's construction of a new footbridge is now offering his thanks. Windham Town Manager Barry Tibbetts took exception to the new footbridge being constructed without alerting the town. After being roundly criticized, the town’s post...

In this Sunday, June 1, 2014, photograph, cattle graze at the edge of the Verde River in Camp Verde, Ariz. An 84-acre ranch along the Upper Verde River is being added to the Prescott National Forest to help protect the river's natural state and eventually enhance public access. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Ranch along Verde River added to Prescott National Forest

Oct. 10, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — An 84-acre ranch is being added to the Prescott National Forest to help protect the natural state of the Upper Verde River and eventually enhance public access to the river's scenic course in north-central Arizona. The Trust for Public Land, a national conservation nonprofit based in...

Nonprofit preserves 2,000 acres in Superior National Forest

Oct. 8, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

TOFTE, Minn. (AP) — More than 2,000 acres of private land deep in the heart of the Superior National Forest will remain undeveloped. The nonprofit Nature Conservancy said it purchased the land this week from retired forestry professor Mike Freed. The land near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness...

DELETES REFERENCE TO SOLANO COUNTY - California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at Sierra Orchards walnut farm in Winters, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday to protect nearly a third of California’s land and coastal waters in his latest effort to fight climate change that he has blamed for recent record-breaking wildfires. (Renée C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool)

California governor calls for protecting 30% of state land

Oct. 7, 2020 10:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday to protect nearly a third of California’s land and coastal waters in his latest effort to fight climate change that he has blamed for recent record-breaking wildfires. He directed state agencies to pursue actions that will use...