Latest Land conservation and preservation News

$4M grant helps preserve lesser-known Civil War battlefield

Nov. 23, 2021 18:01 PM EST

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — The National Park Service announced Tuesday that it has awarded the largest single grant in the history of its American Battlefield Protection Program to help preserve one of the nation's lesser-known Civil War battlefields. The $4.6 million...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Nov. 22, 2021 10:14 AM EST

Omaha World-Herald. Nov. 21, 2021. Editorial: Nebraska educators, worn down in the COVID era, need relief This school year, many thought, would be a time when Omaha-area schools would make major strides toward getting back to “normal” in the wake...

Conservationists expand forest protection in Down East Maine

Nov. 20, 2021 10:46 AM EST

LAKEVILLE, Maine (AP) — Conservation groups have expanded a protected forest area in rural Down East Maine with a new purchase of more than 2,000 acres (810 hectares). The Trust for Public Land and Downeast Lakes Land Trust said Thursday the purchase is in the area of...

Foundations commit billions to fight climate change

Nov. 11, 2021 14:39 PM EST

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, which was postponed a year because of COVID-19, has promoted a series of announcements from foundations and individuals attempting to pour money into efforts to fight climate change, an area many think philanthropy has neglected. ...

More ranch acreage in Cochise County protected as open space

Nov. 10, 2021 23:49 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona conservation group says an additional 1,850 acres (749 hectares) of a cattle ranch that is part of an important wildlife corridor in western Cochise County are now protected as open space. With the additional acreage, a total of 3,800...

Biden, others pay tribute to former Gov. Ruth Ann Minner

Nov. 10, 2021 16:35 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Mourners shared laughter, memories and tears Wednesday as they paid their last respects to former Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner. Minner, a sharecropper’s daughter, high school dropout and widow, was the only woman to serve as Delaware’s governor,...

Nearly 500 wooded acres to be protected in central Maine

Nov. 08, 2021 01:47 AM EST

OXFORD, Maine (AP) — Conservation groups in Maine have collaborated to preserve nearly 500 acres of wooded land in the central part of the state. Western Foothills Land Trust and The Conservation Fund said the trust bought the tree farm tract in mid-October from White...

New program opens carbon market to small forest owners in WV

Nov. 07, 2021 09:02 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new program enabling owners of small forestlands to prosper from improving forest health while slowing climate change is launching in West Virginia. The Family Forest Carbon Program, which pays family and individual small forest owners to...

Walz takes to field for deer opener; visits CWD testing site

Nov. 06, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

PINE CITY, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz was among the thousands of hunters who took to the field Saturday for Minnesota’s firearms deer hunting season opener. Walz hunted with Brady Crocker and Kevin Hinze on the Hinze family’s private property in Pine County. The...

Former Delaware governor Ruth Ann Minner dead at 86

Nov. 05, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Ruth Ann Minner, a sharecropper’s daughter who became the only woman to serve as Delaware’s governor, has died. She was 86. Minner, who served as governor from 2001 to 2009, passed away Thursday morning, according to Agriculture Secretary Michael...