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Stories with subject: Land environment
  • China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:25 pm
  • BEIJING - Nearly one-fifth of China's farmland is polluted, mostly from yearslong accumulations of toxins from factories, mining and agriculture, the government said, raising sharp concerns about the country's food safety after years of unbridled industrialization.

  • DeFazio tours abandoned mine Superfund site 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:07 pm
  • RIDDLE, Oregon - U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio on Thursday toured an abandoned copper mine in southwestern Oregon that is on the Superfund list of major pollution sites as he prepares to file legislation to overhaul the nation's primary mining law.

  • Tours mark Virginia Cave Week April 20-26 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:50 am
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - Virginia is offering a few walks on the wild side.

  • Homestead monument plans prairie burn 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:28 pm
  • BEATRICE, Nebraska - Homestead National Monument of America will conduct a prescribed burn on more than 60 acres of its restored tallgrass prairie in southeast Nebraska.

  • Nebraska land valuations rise 12.45 pct in year 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:16 am
  • LINCOLN, Nebraska - Bigger tax bills could follow higher land valuations in Nebraska, to the chagrin of property-rich farmers and ranchers, authorities say.

  • Forest Service urges bear safety in North Carolina 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 9:37 am
  • ASHEVILLE, North Carolina - The U.S. Forest Service is urging those who are outdoors in North Carolina to be careful around bears.

  • New conservation areas along waters open Friday 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:04 am
  • INDIANAPOLIS - Almost 1,900 acres of land in conservation areas in southern and western Indiana are set to open to the public.

  • Chile leader to relocate Valparaiso fire victims 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:22 pm
  • VALPARAISO, Chile - President Michelle Bachelet vowed Tuesday to reconstruct this once-beautiful port city according to a master plan that would prevent many of the 12,500 victims of devastating wildfires from rebuilding on hills that cannot be protected from disasters.

  • Iowa DNR says it erred in prescribed burn 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:57 pm
  • VINTON, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it failed to follow protocol during a prescribed burn that spread and damaged some properties in Benton County.

  • Army Corps beach erosion fix would cost $43.4M 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 12:40 pm
  • FLAGLER BEACH, Florida - The Army Corps of Engineers says it will be expensive to fix beach erosion problems along Flagler County's shoreline.

  • Ohio EPA says no sediment dumping in Lake Erie 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:44 am
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - Environmental officials approved the dredging of Cleveland Harbor and the Cuyahoga River but said the sediment can't be dumped out in Lake Erie.

  • Killing of environmental activists rises globally 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 8:13 pm
  • BANGKOK - As head of his village, Prajob Naowa-opas battled to save his community in central Thailand from the illegal dumping of toxic waste by filing petitions and leading villagers to block trucks carrying the stuff - until a gunman in broad daylight fired four shots into him.

  • Southeast SD wildfire burns 1.5 square miles 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 11:28 am
  • TABOR, South Dakota - No one was hurt and no structures were damaged when a controlled burn at a Hutterite colony in southeastern South Dakota ended up scorching 1 ½ square miles of land.

  • West Haven balks at site honoring Newtown victims 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 4:43 pm
  • WEST HAVEN, Connecticut - A land restriction may block a proposed playground in West Haven memorializing the 20 children and six educators who were fatally shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Sassafras Mountain fire consumes 100 acres 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 5:13 pm
  • PICKENS, South Carolina - Forestry crews are battling a wildfire that has consumed about 100 acres on Sassafras Mountain on the North Carolina-South Carolina state line.

  • Mineral County to Forest Service: Cut more timber 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 1:41 pm
  • SUPERIOR, Montana - They're frustrated and disgruntled here in Mineral County, and they're not big fans of the United States Forest Service.

  • Vermont revising plan for Northeast Kingdom access 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 11:50 am
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont is revising the management and public access plans for a vast section of the Northeast Kingdom that was the focus of a protracted, bitter public debate over traditional land uses versus conservation needs after a private company put the land up for sale in the late 1990s.

  • Oregon considers selling forest to benefit schools 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 9:46 pm
  • GRANTS PASS, Oregon - The state of Oregon will consider selling the whole Elliott State Forest, where legal battles over logging and protections for threatened species have reduced revenues for schools.

  • New Va. forester a familiar face 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 4:17 pm
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has named a new state forester.

  • Bighorn National Forest plans spring burning 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 7:04 am
  • SHERIDAN, Wyoming - Firefighters on the Bighorn National Forest plan to conduct prescribed burns over the next several weeks. The burns could begin as soon as mid-April and continue through late spring.

  • Civil War Trust reaches $40m goal in a hurry 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 2:49 am
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - The Civil War Trust has reached a $40 million fund-raising goal with more than a year to spare.

  • Plans detailed for GM plant site to become park 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 6:13 pm
  • FLINT, Michigan - Plans are moving forward for the site of a former General Motors manufacturing complex in Flint known as "Chevy in the Hole" to be transformed into park land, officials said.

  • Audit faults Mo. program for contamination cleanup 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 1:13 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich raised concerns Thursday about a state tax incentive for developers to clean up contaminated old business sites, saying that poor oversight has allowed conflicts of interest and higher-than-necessary costs.

  • Monday meeting in Va. to focus on coal ash spill 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 2:19 am
  • DANVILLE, Virginia - State and federal officials are heading to Danville next week to discuss the dredging of coal ash from the Dan River.

  • Climate changes to result in bird, reptile shifts 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:17 pm
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - As temperatures climb across the Southwest, researchers have found some species will win, but others stand to lose - and lose big.