- Vermont donates land at popular swimming hole for public use Updated: Jul-04-15 3:55 pm
SOUTH ROYALTON, Vermont - A Vermont woman has donated land next to her South Royalton home to preserve a popular White River swimming hole.
- Wyoming officials want expanded usable storage at Fontenelle Updated: Jul-04-15 1:04 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Wyoming officials are pushing to increase the usable water storage capacity at Fontenelle Reservoir on the Green River in the southwestern part of the state.
- Private timber companies close access to lands Updated: Jul-04-15 10:09 am
VANCOUVER, Washington - Nine private timber companies have closed off access to their land in the Columbia Gorge due to extreme fire danger.
- US wildlife agency won't list wild horse as endangered Updated: Jul-02-15 4:28 pm
RENO, Nevada - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has rejected a proposal to list the North American wild horse as a threatened or endangered species.
- New USGS report: Coastal erosion threatens northern Alaska Updated: Jul-01-15 7:37 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Erosion is eating away at Alaska's northern coast at some of the highest rates in the nation, threatening habitat and infrastructure, according to a new report published Wednesday.
- Forest Service releases plan to protect Flagstaff watersheds Updated: Jul-01-15 5:10 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - A plan to protect Flagstaff watersheds from damage from erosion-causing wildfires and flooding calls for using prescribed burns and logging on thousands of acres, including use of cables and helicopters to drag or lift felled trees off steep slopes.
- NY environmental commissioner Martens resigns Updated: Jul-01-15 4:07 pm
ALBANY, New York - A day after enacting a promised ban on fracking, New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens has announced that he'll step down this month.
- Nature Conservancy in Maine purchases 6,500 forest acres Updated: Jun-30-15 4:58 pm
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Nature Conservancy in Maine has purchased more than 6,500 acres of forest land to expand its existing Leuthold Forest Preserve to more than 16,000 acres.
- 2 years after spying flap, US, Brazil seek to turn the page Updated: Jun-30-15 4:51 pm
WASHINGTON - Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff publicly closed that chapter Tuesday, declaring that the relationship between the U.S. and Brazil is on an upward swing.
- $50 million in claims for grasslands fire Updated: Jun-30-15 12:32 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Ranchers and landowners filed more than $50 million in damage claims over a prescribed burn that veered out of control and burned 16,000 acres in North Dakota and South Dakota.
- Forest Service: Counterculture gathering draws 750 so far Updated: Jun-30-15 7:58 am
HILL CITY, South Dakota - The U.S. Forest Service estimates about 750 people so far have arrived for a counterculture gathering in the Black Hills.
- Families, Arizona settle suit in deaths of 19 firefighters Updated: Jun-29-15 8:23 pm
PHOENIX - The state of Arizona settled a lawsuit Monday brought by a dozen families who lost loved ones when a Hotshot firefighting crew was overcome by a wildfire near the small community of Yarnell.
- Ground broken for Logan County restoration project Updated: Jun-29-15 4:38 pm
LOGAN, West Virginia - Ground has been broken for a stream restoration project in Logan County.
- Order of Catholic sisters sells Wisconsin preserve for $1M Updated: Jun-29-15 4:19 am
MEQUON, Wisconsin - An order of Catholic sisters has sold a 155-acre preserve used as a quiet retreat outside Milwaukee to a regional land trust for a little more than $1 million.
- Colorado deploys tiny wasps from China Updated: Jun-28-15 6:02 pm
BOULDER, Colorado - Colorado is deploying tiny predator wasps imported from China as part of a state experiment aimed at annihilating invasive beetles threatening one in six metro Denver trees.
- Helena man loses lawsuit against Forest Service for tasing Updated: Jun-28-15 12:38 pm
MISSOULA, Montana - A federal judge has sided with the federal government in a lawsuit filed by a Helena man who said a U.S. Forest Service employee caused him brain damage in using a Taser on him in 2010.
- Forest Service officers interpretive language service Updated: Jun-27-15 10:34 am
TACOMA, Washington - The U.S. Forest Service program is starting a new program that aims to help non-native English speakers enjoy their visit to national forests.
- Philippine officials say China island-building in full swing Updated: Jun-26-15 9:55 pm
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines - China is pressing ahead with the construction of artificial islands on at least two reefs that are also claimed by the Philippines in an increasingly tense territorial dispute, Filipino officials said, despite Beijing's pronouncement that some work would end soon.
- Conservationists: New China policy could save elephants Updated: Jun-25-15 7:47 am
JOHANNESBURG - Conservationists hail it as a possible game-changer in the struggle to curb the slaughter of elephants: an unexpected pledge by a senior Chinese official to stop the ivory trade in a country whose vast, increasingly affluent consumer market drives elephant poaching across Africa.
- Wildfires blister Alaska with increased frequency, intensity Updated: Jun-24-15 9:25 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska residents endure the nation's harshest winters for the reward of beautiful summer days with sunshine that lingers until midnight.
- Ex-California fire chief guilty in girlfriend's slaying Updated: Jun-24-15 7:56 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - A former California fire battalion chief was found guilty Wednesday of second-degree murder in the slaying of his girlfriend after his attorney argued during trial that the defendant blacked out during the attack and doesn't remember much of it.
- $7.9 million in tax aid goes to ex-GM site decontamination Updated: Jun-24-15 2:24 pm
PONTIAC, Michigan - Officials have announced $7.9 million in funding to clean up contamination and redevelop an 80-acre site in downtown Pontiac.
- Fort Dodge will shift creek in effort to reduce erosion Updated: Jun-24-15 1:44 pm
FORT DODGE, Iowa - Fort Dodge officials are moving ahead with plans to move a creek and shore up a bank to reduce erosion and improve water quality.
- Developer plans $2.3 million cleanup of Traverse City site Updated: Jun-24-15 9:53 am
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - A developer plans to spend about $2.3 million to clean up one of the last industrial sites in the downtown Traverse City area.
- Seeking more information, judge stays federal oil, gas rules Updated: Jun-23-15 11:14 pm
CASPER, Wyoming - New federal rules for oil and gas development on federal lands, including one that would require disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, now won't take effect until at least mid-August after a judge on Tuesday told the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to disclose more information about how it developed the standards.