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Stories with subject: Land environment
  • Enviros ask judge to order conservation funding in Florida 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 1:39 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Environmental groups want a judge to order the Florida Legislature to use the state's budget surplus to fund a conservation land buying program, saying state lawmakers flouted the will of voters by failing to fund it.

  • Ceremony planned for deal protecting northern Michigan woods 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 4:04 am

    BOYNE FALLS, Michigan - A ceremony is planned to celebrate an agreement that will protect 750 acres of hardwood forest in northern Michigan from development.

  • Feds: Giant burned area in SW Idaho can be rehabilitated 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 9:55 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has the ability to reseed and rehabilitate a giant burned area on the Idaho-Oregon border where a wildfire scorched primary sage grouse habitat and grasslands needed by ranchers, the agency's director says.

  • 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 story has photos
    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.

  • Bayou Chene to get permanent flood control structure 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 7:14 am

    MORGAN CITY, Louisiana - Funds from the settlement over BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010 will be used to construct a permanent flood control structure in Bayou Chene.

  • Jail time sought for official convicted in ATV protest ride 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 7:22 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - Prosecutors want jail time for a county commissioner convicted of leading an ATV protest ride on an off-limits trail in a show of defiance against the federal government.

  • Deforestation in Mexico butterfly reserve more than triples 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 5:06 pm

    MEXICO CITY - Illegal logging more than tripled in the monarch butterfly's wintering grounds In central Mexico, reversing several years of steady improvements, investigators announced Tuesday.

  • Deforestation in Mexico butterfly reserve more than triples story has photos
    Updated: Aug-25-15 4:49 pm

    MEXICO CITY - Illegal logging more than tripled in the monarch butterfly's wintering grounds In central Mexico, reversing several years of steady improvements, investigators announced Tuesday.

  • 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.

  • Hudson River dredging nears end; facility is a flashpoint 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 12:57 pm

    ALBANY, New York - Advocates pushing for General Electric Co. to extend its massive dredging of the upper Hudson River beyond this year are alarmed by the revelation that the company has begun winding down some operations at the plant processing contaminated river sediment.

  • Albuquerque mayor urges Forest Service to withdraw proposal 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 5:22 am

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The mayor of New Mexico's largest city is urging the U.S. Forest Service to withdraw consideration of a potential wilderness designation that he says would limit the public's access to a popular recreation area bordering Albuquerque.

  • Hazelwood Park closed for removal of contaminated soil 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 2:37 am

    HAZELWOOD, Missouri - A Hazelwood park has been closed during the cleanup of soil that has been contaminated with radioactive material.

  • 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.

  • 13 state forestry employees helping fight fires in 4 states 
    Updated: Aug-24-15 1:31 pm

    COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The South Carolina Forestry Commission has sent 13 employees to help fight wildfires in four states.

  • 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.

  • Ohio nature preserve, education center receive protection 
    Updated: Aug-24-15 5:22 am

    YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio - A nature preserve and outdoor education center in western Ohio has been placed under permanent protection.

  • BLM plan for western Colorado final 
    Updated: Aug-22-15 11:36 am

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado - A document that will guide the management of more than 1 million acres in western Colorado for 20-plus years is now complete, but the battles are not over.

  • Historic Plainfield farm to be protected under program 
    Updated: Aug-22-15 9:50 am

    PLAINFIELD, Connecticut - An historic 59-acre Plainfield fruit and vegetable farm known for its heirloom apples is being protected under Connecticut's Farmland Preservation Program.

  • Q&A: The story behind an invasive plant in the southwest story has photos
    Updated: Aug-21-15 1:52 am

    PHOENIX - The tiny seedling was brought over from Eastern Europe and parts of Asia nearly 200 years ago and planted along riverbanks across the United States, mostly in the southwest, to prevent erosion. It grew fast, its thick branches and oily leaves spreading out across five states in the West.

  • Western wildfires burn unchecked as resources stretched thin story has photos
    Updated: Aug-19-15 7:10 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - This summer's massive fires have strained resources across the West to the point that wildfire managers are being forced to let some fires burn unchecked, and that has renewed a longstanding debate about whether it is better to fight a fire - or to sometimes just let it burn out.

  • Strange Wyoming bone cave giving up more Pleistocene secrets 
    Updated: Aug-19-15 5:34 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A strange Wyoming cave eight stories deep continued to give up secrets as paleontologists for a second summer in a row dug and sifted through a subterranean boneyard of animals that fell in around the peak of the last ice age some 20,000 years ago.

  • Connecticut environmental chief endorses dredging plan 
    Updated: Aug-19-15 2:49 pm

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut's environmental commissioner has endorsed a U.S. Army Corps of Engineering plan to use dredged materials for new purposes and also to be disposed of in Long Island Sound.

  • $2 million Pentagon grant to benefit Nevada sage grouse 
    Updated: Aug-19-15 2:37 pm

    RENO, Nevada - State and federal land managers working to keep the greater sage grouse off the list of endangered species have secured a $2 million grant from the Pentagon to help finance habitat restoration beneath thousands of square miles of U.S. Navy training airspace in Nevada.