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Covey, a wirehaired pointing Griffon, retrieves a blue grouse in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, is shown in an undated photo. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Montana's mountain grouse offer long seasons in high country

Sep. 26, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Few things may be more heart-pounding for a hiker or hunter than a mountain grouse’s unexpected flush along a quiet trail. Whether it’s a chance encounter while archery hunting for elk, or toting a shotgun in the company of a bird dog for long jaunts along the Continental...

FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo, a red-cockaded woodpecker looks to a biologist as it is released back into in a long leaf pine forest at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. A bird declared endangered in 1970 -- the red-cockaded woodpecker, which taps pine sap to protect babies from snakes and gets its sons to help care for the next clutch of nestlings -- has recovered enough to relax federal protection, officials said Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Feds: Relax protections for woodpecker endangered since 1970

Sep. 25, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

The red-cockaded woodpecker, a bird declared endangered in 1970 and surviving today in 11 states' scattered longleaf pine forests, has recovered enough to relax its federal protection, officials said Friday. But not all wildlife advocates agree. “The red-cockaded woodpecker has flourished to the point that...

Die-off of pinyon pines spurs concern at Idaho state park

Sep. 25, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

ALMO, Idaho (AP) — The steward of the City of Rocks National Reserve in southern Idaho says more and more of the few pinyon pines that live in the reserve are dying, spurring investigations to try to find out why. Wallace Keck, the superintendent of the City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks...

Man involved in timber poaching, starting wildfire sentenced

Sep. 23, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A man involved in a timber poaching effort in Olympic National Forest that started a big wildfire has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. Shawn Williams, 49, pleaded guilty to theft of public property and setting timber afire charges in U.S. District Court in December...

FILE - In this May 19, 2020 file photo people visit Joshua Tree National Park in California. The western Joshua tree will be considered for protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, The state's Fish and Game Commission on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, voted 4-0 to accept a petition that provides the yucca plants temporary protected status for one year while the agency conducts a study. After the review, commissioners will determine whether the species should be formally protected under the state law. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)

California accepts petition to protect western Joshua tree

Sep. 22, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The western Joshua tree will be considered for protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the state Fish and Game Commission decided Tuesday. The panel voted 4-0 to accept a petition that provides the...

Small Minnesota farmers challenge conventional agriculture

Sep. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SEBEKA, Minn. (AP) — It’s hard to see how anyone could coax anything green from this sandy patch of Minnesota soil. But Kathy Connell can. Most of the vegetables have already been harvested from her vast garden, but a few plump watermelons and cucumbers still peek out from beneath the leaves....

Legal dispute over logging in state forest back in court

Sep. 20, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A judge has set a deadline of Friday for the sides in a legal dispute over tree cutting in a Massachusetts state forest to submit additional written comments on the case. Twenty-nine members of the Wendell State Forest Alliance sued the state Department of Conservation and...

Tree on power line apparent start for Washington State fire

Sep. 20, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A tree that made contact with a power line apparently started a wildfire that burned dozens of homes in eastern Washington, according to a utility company. The fire burned the vast majority of homes in Malden and Pine City, including over 100 homes in Malden alone. A burned tree found...

A black-eyed Susan flower grows among a variety of plants in an open grassland area at the May Prairie State Natural Area on Aug. 20, 2020, in Manchester, Tenn. Across much of the South, at least 90% of the native grasslands have been lost, the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative estimates. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Efforts afoot to save South's disappearing grasslands

Sep. 20, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In the early 2000s, a harvest of pine trees on Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau led to a remarkable discovery. Once sunlight hit the ground, the seeds and rootstock of native grasses and wildflowers that had lain dormant for decades began to spring to life. The area was originally...

Carpenters put the skills of their Medieval colleagues on show on the plaza in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, the day honoring European heritage, by reproducing for the public a section of the elaborate carpentry used when the edifice was built. The elaborate wooden beams went up in flames in a devastating April 2019 fire that also toppled the spire of the cathedral, now being renovated. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Carpenters wow public with medieval techniques at Notre Dame

Sep. 19, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With precision and boundless energy, a team of carpenters used medieval techniques to raise up — by hand — a three-ton oak truss Saturday in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, a replica of the wooden structures that were consumed in the landmark's devastating April 2019 fire that...