Latest Land management News

Escaped bison recaptured near Chicago after 8 months in wild

May. 25, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

WAUCONDA, Ill. (AP) — A bison that escaped a suburban Chicago farm last September and had been living in the wild since was recaptured Wednesday, officials said. The 1,300-pound (590-kilogram) bison some had come to know as Tyson ran off while being delivered to the Milk and Honey...

Security concerns, lack of support stall Africa's Green Wall

May. 23, 2022 03:20 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A series of complex challenges, including a lack of funding and political will as well as rising insecurity linked to extremist groups al-Qaida and the Islamic State in Burkina Faso, are obstructing progress on Africa's Great Green Wall, according to experts...

Zalatoris comes close to major moment in PGA playoff loss

May. 22, 2022 20:37 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Will Zalatoris saw nearly every inch of Southern Hills on Sunday as one of the best ball-strikers in golf struggled to harness a series of wayward shots that threatened to take him out of the running at the PGA Championship. The rail-thin kid from Wake Forest...

Brownfield cleanup projects coming to Maine communities

May. 22, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

GARDINER, Maine (AP) — Communities in Maine are going to use more than $24 million in federal money to help clean up contaminated former industrial sites around the state. The money is from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It will pay for assessments and site cleanups in...

Priceless seeds, sprouts key to US West's post-fire future

May. 22, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

A New Mexico facility where researchers work to restore forests devastated by fires faced an almost cruelly ironic threat: The largest wildfire burning in the U.S. was fast approaching. Owen Burney and his team knew they had to save what they could. Atop their list was a priceless...

Extreme fire threats prompt US suspension of planned burns

May. 20, 2022 22:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore cited extreme fire danger and unfavorable weather conditions Friday in announcing a suspension of all planned fire burning operations to clear brush and small trees on all national forest lands while his agency conducts a review of...

More land added to state forest with endangered bat habitat

May. 20, 2022 04:13 AM EDT

OLIVE HILL, Ky. (AP) — More land has been added to a state forest in eastern Kentucky that has endangered bat habitat, officials said. The 238-acre (96-hectare) parcel known as the McGlone tract will increase the size of the Tygarts State Forest in Carter County to 1,184 acres, a...

Gusty winds fan wildfires in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado

May. 19, 2022 21:56 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than 5,000 firefighters battled multiple wildland blazes in dry, windy weather across the Southwest on Thursday, including a fire that has destroyed dozens of structures in west Texas and another that's picking up steam again in New Mexico. Evacuation...

Biden forest plan stirs dispute over what counts as "old"

May. 19, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's order to protect the nation’s oldest forests against climate change, wildfires and other problems devastating vast woodlands is raising a simple yet vexing question: When does a forest grow old? Millions of acres are potentially on...

WVa gets more federal funding for abandoned mine cleanup

May. 18, 2022 04:07 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will receive an additional $27 million in federal funding for abandoned coal mine cleanup. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding Tuesday from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. The office's...