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Stories with subject: Land environment
  • Washington project ensures forest stores carbon for decades story has photos
    Updated: Nov-24-15 5:55 pm

    SEATTLE - Half a small forest still standing near Mount Rainier faced clear-cutting before an effort in Washington state saved the decades-old trees and allowed Microsoft to help finance the project to offset its carbon footprint.

  • Nevada judge won't rule on sage grouse before Christmas 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 5:26 pm

    RENO, Nevada - A federal judge in Nevada is postponing a decision on whether to block U.S. regulations protecting the greater sage grouse, partly because she's not clear if the rules are really to blame for delays in construction of a rural water supply tank near Great Basin National Park along the border with Utah.

  • C&O Canal offers agricultural leases for land in the park 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 8:39 am

    HAGERSTOWN, Maryland - The National Park Service is seeking applicants for the agricultural use of land in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

  • Reward offered for information on suspected arsons 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 4:05 am

    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A $4,000 reward is available for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for setting 86 suspected arsons that occurred between Aug. 30 and Oct. 21 of this year.

  • US to cancel lease on land sacred to Blackfoot Indian tribes 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 10:57 pm

    BILLINGS, Montana - The Interior Department plans to cancel a long-suspended oil and gas drilling lease near Glacier National Park that's on land considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada, according to court documents filed Monday.

  • Correction: Amazon Trees story story has photos
    Updated: Nov-23-15 4:07 pm

    WASHINGTON - In a story Nov. 20 about Amazon trees, The Associated Press erroneously reported how much area the forest has been losing. About 15 years ago, it was losing about 11,600 square miles of forest a year, not 11.6 million square miles. That figure has dropped to about 3,800 square miles a year, not 3.8 million square miles.

  • Tongass National Forest proposal up for public comment 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 9:16 am

    KETCHIKAN, Alaska - The U.S. Forest Service is seeking feedback from the public on a proposal that could change how the Tongass National Forest is managed over the next 10 to 15 years.

  • Landowners can learn about conservation program at meetings 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 5:03 am

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - More than 56 meetings about the conservation reserve program will be held across Nebraska to answer landowner questions and offer a chance to sign up.

  • Contaminated soil removed after freight train derails 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 4:22 am

    NUTLEY, New Jersey - Contaminated soil has been removed from a northern New Jersey property after it was dumped there when a freight train derailed over the weekend.

  • Gilchrist State Forest expands, recreation options unclear 
    Updated: Nov-21-15 3:21 pm

    BEND, Oregon - The Oregon Department of Forestry says the newest state forest will be a working one producing timber but there will also be recreation opportunities.

  • Northfield family-run farm to be preserved 
    Updated: Nov-21-15 2:52 pm

    NORTHFIELD, New Hampshire - A Northfield tree farm from the 1950s that also produces pick-your-own raspberries and blueberries and other crops has been preserved from development.

  • Can these men clean up Iowa's water as part of task force? 
    Updated: Nov-21-15 10:54 am

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Neither Larry James nor Steve Bruere like to dwell on what divides environmentalists and the ag community when it comes to Iowa's issues with water quality.

  • Fate of Rutland's 100-year-old red pine trees in jeopardy 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 1:01 pm

    RUTLAND, Vermont - Rutland city officials say the fate of a collection of 100-year-old red pine trees spanning 185 acres is in jeopardy because of an insect called the red pine scale.

  • The Latest: Manila slum near APEC shows poverty challenge story has photos
    Updated: Nov-19-15 4:49 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Leaders from 21 countries and self-governing territories are in Manila for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. The meeting's official agenda is focused on trade, business and economic issues but terrorism, South China Sea disputes and climate change are also in focus. (All times are local.)

  • Funding available to help increase for forestry practices 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 3:31 am

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia - The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Services is making a $470,000 fund available to help increase adoption of forestry practices across the state.

  • Opponents ask federal court to stop Christo project 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 7:29 pm

    DENVER - Residents fighting the artist Christo's dream of draping fabric over the Arkansas River in southern Colorado asked a federal appeals court on Wednesday to throw out permission for the artwork it considers an "industrial scale project" that could harm wildlife, the river and people who live along the winding canyon.

  • Maine won't apply for federal funding to conserve forestland 
    Updated: Nov-10-15 4:58 am

    AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage's administration has decided not to apply for federal funds used to conserve acres of forestland.

  • Prescribed fire conference set for Dec. 1 in Kearney 
    Updated: Nov-09-15 5:01 am

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - Landowners and fire professionals are invited to attend a prescribed fire conference in Kearney.

  • Game and Fish considers migration route protections 
    Updated: Nov-08-15 5:02 pm

    CASPER, Wyoming - Nearly all of Wyoming's big game animals migrate, and in much the same way. They wander from lush, green mountains in the summer to dry, wind-swept prairies in the winter.

  • US judge sends Mojave Desert wind farm project back to start 
    Updated: Nov-08-15 4:55 pm

    LAS VEGAS - A federal judge in Nevada has sent plans for a big wind farm in the Mojave Desert back to the drawing board, citing incomplete research about the dangers it posed to sensitive and threatened species.

  • 14 projects receive Virginia land conservation grants 
    Updated: Nov-08-15 2:51 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - The Virginia Land Conservation Foundation has awarded grants totaling $2.25 million to 14 projects.

  • Enviros with chainsaws help communities, forests 
    Updated: Nov-08-15 2:02 am

    ASHLAND, Oregon - Marko Bey vividly remembers scaling more than 100 feet up fat Douglas fir trees in northern California one day in 1991 to pick seed cones for the next generation of industrial tree farms that didn't look or feel like a real forest to him.

  • Shell Key dilemma: What to do about the closed-in pass 
    Updated: Nov-08-15 1:40 am

    SHELL KEY, Florida - Peter Clark remembers coming to this barrier island about a year ago and noticing the water that once rushed along its northeastern edge had trickled to a thin stream.

  • Blessing of the buffalo: Event commemorates heritage 
    Updated: Nov-07-15 11:51 am

    GEORGETOWN, Tennessee - "Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam ..." may have been on visitors' minds Oct. 31 as they viewed many of the animals at the special "Blessing of the Buffalo" event in Georgetown.

  • Elk Basin dino dug up 
    Updated: Nov-06-15 6:30 am

    POWELL, Wyoming - For more than 70 million years, it sat preserved underground until the front leg and shoulder of a hadrosaur, a type of duck-billed dinosaur, was dug up in Elk Basin.