- EPA seeking up to $177K in fines against Tenn. lawmaker Updated: Aug-27-15 6:23 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A state lawmaker is facing up to $177,500 in fines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for discharging waste from his northwestern Tennessee hog farm without a permit.
- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area now open daily Updated: Aug-27-15 6:12 pm
LEWISVILLE, Texas - Lining the southern shore of Lewisville Lake is a 2,000-acre chunk of what ecologists call the "real" Texas.
- Californians cut water without state imposing fines Updated: Aug-27-15 5:44 pm
FRESNO, California - For the second straight month, Californians exceeded hefty water conservation mandates during the relentless drought without the state imposing fines, officials said Thursday.
- Officials concerned about potential budget cuts to parks Updated: Aug-27-15 5:03 pm
PELHAM, Alabama - State park closures and cutbacks to other outdoor activities are among the potential impacts of proposed budget cuts to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, officials said Thursday before asking citizens to call state lawmakers to ask that they preserve the department's funding.
- South Dakota pheasant numbers up 42 percent Updated: Aug-27-15 1:34 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Pheasant hunters in South Dakota should have a better season this year thanks to an estimated 42 percent jump in the number of birds, state wildlife officials said Thursday.
- Shark attack survivors spread conservation message Updated: Aug-27-15 12:01 pm
MIAMI - Get back in the water. There's more to learn from sharks than fear.
- Scientists squabble while Africa's only penguins perish Updated: Aug-27-15 11:07 am
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - They're cute, knee-high, they bray like donkeys and are a tourist attraction near Cape Town. But African Penguins - the continent's only species of the flightless bird - are at risk of extinction.
- Ag secretary promises more sage grouse spending across West Updated: Aug-27-15 4:01 am
BILLINGS, Montana - The federal government plans to spend more than $200 million over the next three years on programs to protect greater sage grouse in Western states - regardless of whether the bird receives federal protections, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
- Judge denies attempt to block extra water for Klamath salmon Updated: Aug-26-15 8:35 pm
GRANTS PASS, Oregon - A federal judge has denied a request by agricultural water providers in California's Central Valley to block emergency water releases to protect Klamath River salmon from the drought.
- Q&A: The legal battle over a giant telescope atop Mauna Kea Updated: Aug-26-15 7:38 pm
HONOLULU - Long before dozens of people were arrested while protesting against building a giant telescope atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea, there were years of environmental studies, public hearings and court proceedings. The Hawaii Supreme Court on Thursday is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the project's permit from the state land board to build the telescope on conservation land.
- Montana Editorial Roundup Updated: Aug-26-15 7:22 pm
The Billings Gazette, Aug. 21, on health coverage for Montanans:
- Residents of New England town reluctantly reckon with Cosby Updated: Aug-26-15 10:51 am
SHELBURNE FALLS, Massachusetts - Deep in the rolling farmland of western Massachusetts, Bill Cosby's compound has for decades provided quiet refuge for the comedian and his family.
- Thailand destroys more than 2 tons of illegal ivory Updated: Aug-26-15 6:25 am
BANGKOK - Thai authorities destroyed more than 2 tons of seized and smuggled ivory Wednesday, in the latest move by the government to avoid possible economic sanctions over a perceived failure to tackle the illicit trade.
- Humane Society says new videos document walking horse abuse Updated: Aug-25-15 6:53 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Three years after a prominent Tennessee walking horse trainer pleaded guilty to abuse charges following the release of undercover videos, a new horse abuse investigation is under way.
- Mascot fight between school, Ohio goes down to the wire Updated: Aug-25-15 5:15 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A high school football team that has featured a tiger cub at games for decades might kick off the season without its beloved mascot because of rules implemented after a suicidal man released dozens of dangerous animals in 2011.
- Group threatens to sue over farmed salmon in Puget Sound Updated: Aug-25-15 4:31 pm
SEATTLE - A conservation group says it intends to sue the federal government for allowing farm-raised salmon in Puget Sound.
- Emanuel: Proposed Lucas museum designs are changing Updated: Aug-25-15 3:34 pm
CHICAGO - Design plans are being updated for a museum proposed on Chicago's lakefront by movie producer George Lucas, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
- Ohio zoo sending endangered rhino to Indonesia to mate Updated: Aug-25-15 2:43 pm
CINCINNATI - An Ohio zoo that has the last Sumatran rhino in the United States announced plans Tuesday to send him to Southeast Asia on a mission to mate and help preserve his critically endangered species.
- NY conservation chief named for Long Island Updated: Aug-25-15 3:08 am
ALBANY, New York - New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has named a Suffolk County official to head the state regional conservation office for Long Island.
- Nevada, California talk Tahoe traffic fixes at 19th summit Updated: Aug-24-15 6:59 pm
ZEPHYR COVE, Nevada - Officials from both Nevada and California gathered on the shores of Lake Tahoe on Monday to discuss how to deal with the heavy visitor traffic that takes a toll on the lake environment.
- Northern Arapaho Tribe calls on feds to drop eagle appeal Updated: Aug-24-15 6:56 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The Northern Arapaho Tribe is calling on the federal government to drop a legal appeal that's blocking the tribe from killing bald eagles for religious purposes on the central Wyoming reservation it shares with another tribe.
- Utility managers push for conservation even as drought eases Updated: Aug-24-15 5:16 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Water managers across New Mexico aren't giving up on their push for residents to conserve water even though severe drought has disappeared from the state.
- Officials limit wolf harvest in southeast Alaska to 9 Updated: Aug-24-15 3:00 pm
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Due to a lower estimate of the number of wolves in southeast Alaska, state and federal managers have reduced the combined limit for the federal subsistence and state general hunts to nine wolves in the area.
- Group plans to borrow $337K to buy land behind State House Updated: Aug-24-15 2:44 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - A nonprofit organization is planning to borrow more than $337,000 to preserve 164 acres of land behind the State House in Augusta.
- Section of popular trail on Cumberland Plateau to close Updated: Aug-24-15 12:28 pm
TRACY CITY, Tennessee - A privately owned section of a popular hiking route along the Cumberland Plateau is closing, leaving officials to change the course of the 13-mile Fiery Gizzard Trail.