- Feds releasing plan for bull trout conservation in 5 states Updated: Jun-02-15 11:36 am
BOISE, Idaho - Federal officials are releasing a plan Thursday to recover struggling bull trout populations in five Western states with the goal of lifting Endangered Species Act protections for the fish.
- California farmers plan to avoid water-sucking crops Updated: Jun-02-15 10:57 am
SACRAMENTO, California - Dozens of California farmers aiming to meet voluntary water conservation targets submitted plans to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted amid the relentless drought.
- Newport Beach residents mourn loss of tree with birds' nests Updated: Jun-02-15 6:15 am
NEWPORT BEACH, California - Residents of a neighborhood in Newport Beach are mourning the loss of snowy egret and black-crowned night heron chicks after the tree they were nested in was removed.
- Connecticut River floodplain restoration gets 2k-tree boost Updated: Jun-02-15 4:13 am
CANAAN, Vermont - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says more than 2,000 new trees are helping preserve the floodplain along the Upper Connecticut River in Canaan.
- California farmers submit plans to save water under deal Updated: Jun-01-15 9:40 pm
FRESNO, California - Dozens of farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta submitted plans Monday to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted to meet voluntary water conservation targets amid the relentless California drought, officials said.
- Klamath farmers fear their water woes will worsen in summer Updated: Jun-01-15 4:07 pm
MALIN, Oregon - After returning to Southern Oregon from a four-year tour in the U.S. Army, Paul Crawford decided it was time to follow in his family's footprints and put down some roots.
- Pool industry touts water savings in California drought Updated: Jun-01-15 1:58 pm
ORANGE, California - Leigh McDonough stood in her backyard on a hot spring day and listened to the steady shush-shush-shush of two garden hoses filling her new pool and hot tub with water. Her family installed the 21,000-gallon pool despite a state mandate to cut overall water consumption by 25 percent amid a crushing, four-year drought.
- EPA, developer reach deal over stormwater discharges Updated: Jun-01-15 12:04 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Federal environmental officials have settled claims with a New Jersey homebuilder owned by the family of the Minnesota Vikings' owner that the firm failed to control stormwater discharges, possibly polluting rivers in the state.
- Experts hope nesting season successful for whooping cranes Updated: Jun-01-15 11:59 am
NECEDAH, Wisconsin - A longtime effort to reintroduce a critically endangered bird in Wisconsin could be on track for the first record year since its inception in 2001, according to wildlife experts.
- GOP attack on water rule part of wider bid to 'rein in' EPA Updated: Jun-01-15 3:31 am
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says a new federal rule regulating small streams and wetlands will protect the drinking water of more than 117 million people in the country.
- Washington farmers, wildlife managers prepare for drought Updated: May-31-15 12:13 pm
SEATTLE - With Washington state experiencing the worst mountain snowpack in decades and a drought emergency declared two weeks ago, farmers, growers and wildlife managers are preparing for a tough summer as conditions are expected to worsen.
- Apple orchard along Blue Ridge Parkway protected Updated: May-31-15 11:43 am
SPRUCE PINE, North Carolina - An apple orchard along the Blue Ridge Parkway in McDowell County has been permanently preserved.
- Prudence Island land to be protected with federal grant Updated: May-31-15 10:55 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded a grant to protect 103 acres of land on Prudence Island from future development.
- Zoo official says gorilla birth opportunity to help species Updated: May-30-15 5:31 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee - Knoxville Zoo officials don't yet know the gender of a new baby gorilla born Thursday morning.
- New Hampshire awarded federal grant to conserve forests Updated: May-30-15 2:44 pm
HEBRON, New Hampshire - The state of New Hampshire has won a $3.8 million federal grant to fund a major conservation deal near Cardigan Mountain.
- Conservancy group seeks to buy 700 acres of hardwood forest Updated: May-30-15 1:43 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - A conservation group wants to buy 700 acres of privately owned hardwood forest in northern Michigan, according to the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
- Impasse over China's island-building shows no sign of easing Updated: May-30-15 9:53 am
SINGAPORE - China vigorously defended its South China Sea land reclamation projects in the face of persistent criticism from U.S. leaders at an international security summit Saturday as the standoff in the Asia-Pacific region shows few signs of abating.
- McCain: US should allow sale of defensive weapons to Vietnam Updated: May-30-15 5:16 am
SINGAPORE - America needs to provide Vietnam with more defensive weapons, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday as tensions in the Asia Pacific region heightened over China's expanding land reclamation projects in the South China Sea.
- Wyoming intervenes on US' side in Grand Teton grizzly suit Updated: May-29-15 5:49 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The state of Wyoming is intervening on the side of the federal government in a lawsuit over the number of grizzly bears that elk hunters in Grand Teton National Park would be allowed to kill before park officials would have to reassess their rules for the hunt.
- 9 states back Utah ruling tossing federal prairie dog rules Updated: May-29-15 4:05 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Nine states have stepped into a lawsuit over the Utah prairie dog to support a ruling that animal activists say threatens to undermine the Endangered Species Act.
- Oklahoma governor, Cherokee Nation chief sign compact Updated: May-29-15 3:40 pm
TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker have signed a compact authorizing bulk purchases of Oklahoma hunting and fishing licenses for members of the tribe.
- Bear cub recovers from severe burns, will return to wild Updated: May-29-15 10:47 am
BOISE, Idaho - The black bear cub injured in a Washington wildfire last year is finally going home.
- Wichita mayor says h2O conservation needed despite rain Updated: May-29-15 5:04 am
WICHITA, Kansas - The mayor of Wichita says despite recent heavy rain in the area, residents need to keep working to conserve water.
- Republican Wyoming on board with federal sage grouse policy Updated: May-29-15 3:35 am
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Many Republicans are wary of a large federal effort to protect the greater sage grouse - but not the Republican governor of Wyoming, the state with the biggest share of the birds and more energy development in their habitat than any other.
- Illinois man cleared of 1999 murder freed from prison Updated: May-28-15 8:10 pm
CHICAGO - A suburban Chicago man was freed from prison Thursday after his conviction for a 1999 murder was thrown out because much of the evidence used against was deemed invalid.