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Federal court upholds Maine's out-of-state quarantine rule

Jan. 21, 2021 10:11 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s quarantine requirement for out-of-state visitors during the pandemic was upheld by a federal appeals court. The owners of two campgrounds and several individuals sued after Gov. Janet Mills signed an executive order in April requiring most travelers to quarantine for...

Noem orders agriculture, natural resource department merger

Jan. 19, 2021 5:39 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday issued an executive order to merge two departments overseeing the state's agriculture industry and natural resources. The Republican governor's order created the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources that she billed as a...

Boscawen couple named outstanding tree farmers by program

Jan. 19, 2021 5:00 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A couple in Boscawen, New Hampshire, have been named the 2021 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year by the state tree farm program. Charles and Mabel Niebling bought a 67-acre tree farm in 2001. It has been under a written forest management plan since 2003 that focuses on maintaining...

Maine state park-goers set new record during pandemic

Jan. 18, 2021 3:16 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine users of state parks shattered records for attendance last year as they sought outside adventures amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Bureau of Parks and Lands said state park attendance topped 3 million in 2020 for the...

Col. Robert Hilliard, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District, speaks during a press conference Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, organized by the Environmental Protection Agency at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District facility in Vicksburg, Miss. (Tim Reeves/The Vicksburg Post via AP)

Analysis: Mississippi pump fight unresolved as Trump departs

Jan. 17, 2021 5:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Farmers and environmentalists have been arguing for decades over proposals for a massive federal flood-control project in the south Mississippi Delta. The fight is continuing into a new presidential administration. Four conservation groups are suing the Environmental Protection...

New suit brought in Missouri River flooding

Jan. 16, 2021 10:45 AM EST

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The federal government faces a second lawsuit over flooding along the Missouri River after it was ordered last month to pay some landowners for damages. R. Dan Boulware, of the Polsinelli law firm, filed the new class-action lawsuit on behalf of 60 plaintiffs who experienced damages...

State approves solar farm, lodge at Saddleback ski resort

Jan. 14, 2021 1:47 PM EST

A planning commission in Maine has approved the construction of a solar farm and a new large lodge at the Saddleback Mountain ski resort, which reopened in December. The state Land Use Planning Commission approved zoning changes on Wednesday to allow the ski resort to build a new lodge and a 30-acre solar farm...

Illinois, US team up to manage, sustain vast forest lands

Jan. 9, 2021 11:05 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal and state land managers have signed an agreement to cooperate on caring for vast forest lands in Illinois. The agreement signed this past week was between the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service. It establishes a...

With no successor to till the land, farm's days numbered

Jan. 9, 2021 3:01 AM EST

ROCHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Ten years of planning, ten years of want ads and hope and worry ended one day in October when Don Kretschmann realized it wasn’t going to work; no one was going to step in. This was going to be the last harvest at Kretschmann Family Organic Farm. Come spring, the Beaver County...

Maine to continue combating pest despite feds deregulation

Jan. 7, 2021 12:53 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine forestry officials will continue to monitor for an invasive forest pest in the state despite new guidance from the federal government. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has long made efforts to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer, which is...