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Groups sue Washington wildlife agency over steelhead farms

Feb. 13, 2020 8:32 AM EST

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Four nonprofits filed a joint lawsuit Tuesday against the state Department of Fish & Wildlife for issuing a permit for steelhead farms in the marine waters of Skagit and Kitsap counties. The Skagit Valley Herald reports Wild Fish Conservancy, Center for Biological Diversity,...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2006, file photo, Hatch, N.M., residents walk through floodwaters in their town. A plan to spend $100 million to fix dams throughout New Mexico - a state with the highest percentage of high-hazard dams in the country, passed its first test Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, amid an urgent call to upgrade the facilities over worries about the loss of life. (AP Photo/David Pierre, File)

New Mexico panel OKs plan to spend $100M to fix state dams

Feb. 12, 2020 3:33 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A plan to spend $100 million to fix dams throughout New Mexico — a state with the highest percentage of high-hazard dams in the country — passed its first test Tuesday amid an urgent call to upgrade the facilities over worries about the loss of life. The New Mexico...

Block Island marina expansion suffers another setback

Feb. 12, 2020 8:15 AM EST

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island Superior Court judge has affirmed decisions by a coastal regulator against a nearly two-decade-old plan to expand a marina. Judge Kristin Rodgers ruled Tuesday that the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council did not violate the rights of Champlin's Marina...

FILE - In this May 17, 2015, file photo, a Louisiana black bear, sub-species of the black bear that was protected under the Endangered Species Act, is seen in a water oak tree in Marksville, La. A federal judge in Washington has thrown out a lawsuit on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, seeking to return federal protection to the real bears that inspired teddy bears. The people and environmental groups who sued in 2018 didn’t provide any evidence to back up their claims that they would be hurt by the decision to remove Louisiana black bears from the “threatened” list, wrote District Judge John Bate. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Lawsuit to protect real-life ‘teddy bears’ tossed by judge

Feb. 11, 2020 5:54 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawsuit seeking to return federal protection to the real bears that inspired teddy bears has been thrown out by a federal judge. The people and environmental groups who sued in 2018 didn’t provide any evidence to back up their claims that they would be hurt by the decision to...

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2011, file photo the base village at Squaw Valley in Olympic Valley, Calif., is seen. Conservationists at Lake Tahoe have agreed to drop a lawsuit challenging plans to build a 2-mile-long gondola connecting two ski resorts in exchange for neighboring land purchases and other wildlife protection measures. The resorts, including one that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics, and a wilderness protection group finalized the agreement this week as part of the U.S. Forest Service's final approval of the gondola that will skirt federally protected wilderness that is home to an endangered frog. (Tim Dunn/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP,File)

Tahoe ski resorts reach gondola deal with conservationists

Feb. 9, 2020 12:52 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists at Lake Tahoe have agreed to drop a lawsuit challenging plans to build a 2.2-mile (3.5-kilometer) gondola connecting two ski resorts in exchange for neighboring land purchases and other wildlife protection measures. The resorts, including one that hosted the 1960 Winter...

In this June 17, 2011, photo provided by NOAA Fisheries are freshwater seals at Iliamna Lake, in Alaska. An environmental group is petitioning the federal government to list a population of freshwater Alaska seals under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, petitioned to provide protections to harbor seals that live at Iliamna Lake in southwest Alaska. (Dave Withrow/NOAA Fisheries via AP)

Group seeks endangered species listing for Alaska lake seals

Feb. 6, 2020 7:42 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The only known freshwater harbor seals in the U.S. should be listed as threatened or endangered, an environmental group said Thursday in its second petition for the animals. The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned for additional protections for the 400 harbor seals that...

Hawaii lawmakers propose state purchase of Maui watershed

Feb. 5, 2020 9:45 AM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers have proposed a state purchase of a watershed in the West Maui Mountains to help preserve the area's native plants, endangered species and drinking water. Bills put forward in the state House and Senate would approve funds to buy the Na Wai Eha watershed, The Maui...

New Mexico sawmill struggling under revised owl ruling

Jan. 31, 2020 12:10 AM EST

MILAN, N.M. (AP) — A sawmill is struggling to keep afloat amid a monthslong court injunction that barred logging anywhere near Mexican spotted owl habitat in New Mexico’s five national forests. Mt. Taylor Manufacturing in Milan, New Mexico, was silenced in mid-December because of the court battle,...

US lawmakers want answers about Idaho gold mine process

Jan. 27, 2020 8:28 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers who oversee appropriations for the U.S. Forest Service on Monday sent a letter requesting the agency revoke its decision allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho. Democratic U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum of...

Groups want federal protection for wolverines

Jan. 26, 2020 10:02 AM EST

Wolverines are the largest members of the weasel family, but they look more like small bears with bushy tails. Conservation groups say the animals need to be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Ten groups want to force the federal government to protect the elusive wolverines. The groups...