Latest Nature Conservancy News

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...

Two gopher tortoises roam around their habitat at the Head Start gopher tortoise hatchery at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Miss., Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (Cam Bonelli/Hattiesburg American via AP)

Threatened tortoises released into the wild in Mississippi

Sep. 13, 2020 12:39 AM EDT

Scientists raising threatened tortoises at a Mississippi National Guard camp to give them a head start in the wild are trying something new — raising a few to sexual maturity and then releasing them. The Nature Conservancy and the National Guard released their first seven adult-sized gopher tortoises...