Latest Land conservation and preservation News

$140M bond package targets transportation, preservation

May. 07, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Janet Mills on Friday proposed $140 million worth of bonds for transportation improvements and land conservation. The proposal includes $40 million over four years to conserve land through the Land for Maine's Future Program, honoring the...

Biden's plan would boost conservation of US lands, waters

May. 06, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday detailed steps to achieve an ambitious goal to conserve nearly one-third of America’s lands and waters by 2030, relying on voluntary efforts to preserve public, private and tribal areas while also helping tackle climate change and...

Adirondack snowmobile trail stopped cold by New York court

May. 04, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York cannot cut down thousands of trees for a 27-mile (43-kilometer) snowmobile trail in the Adirondack Park without voters approving an amendment to the state constitution, the state's top court ruled Tuesday. The 4-2 decision by the state Court...

22 endangered turtles released at DuPage County preserves

May. 02, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nearly two dozen young endangered turtles have been released into the wild at a suburban Chicago nature preserve. Twenty-two Blanding’s turtles were released Wednesday at the Forest Preserves of DuPage County as part of a decades-long effort to...

Big South Fork adds 460-acre tract of land along river

Apr. 26, 2021 07:00 AM EDT

WHITLEY CITY, Ky. (AP) — A small but important tract of land has been added to the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area with help from a conservation organization. The National Park Service wanted to purchase the land when the owner decided to sell it, but...

Advocates concerned about Southern Utah road extension

Apr. 25, 2021 08:06 AM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — With construction of the approved Northern Corridor highway through the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area looming, advocates for protected land staying protected are also objecting to another road project set to encroach on sensitive species habitat. ...

Maine city protects area around river headwaters

Apr. 24, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's largest city has acquired a parcel of land to help protect the headwaters of the Fore River. Portland officials said the city has acquired a 27-acre piece of forestland from the Avangrid Foundation. The acquisition helps protect the...

USF students, faculty balk at idea to develop land by campus

Apr. 24, 2021 03:04 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Hurley was stunned when he saw a recent Facebook post with the news that the University of South Florida is thinking about building on a huge swath of largely undeveloped land it owns just north of its Tampa campus. An environmental policy...

‘Put me in a wooden box:’ Cemetery connects bodies to nature

Apr. 24, 2021 00:30 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Jeannette Little isn’t worried about the decay. She finds comfort in returning to the Earth quickly — ashes to ashes and dust to dust. “My spirit’s not going to be here anymore,” she said. When the 66-year-old recently...

Biden taps Montana environmentalist for US public lands boss

Apr. 23, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden has nominated a longtime environmental advocate and Democratic aide to oversee the vast expanses of federally owned land in Western states — the latest political appointment raising concerns among Republicans as Biden moves to curtail energy...