- New York agency issues permits for removing invasive species Updated: Jul-03-15 2:00 pm
ALBANY, New York - The Adirondack Park Agency has approved two general permits for removing non-native plants and animals from the 6 million acres of state forests and wilderness and privately owned land in northern New York.
- Rapid City community garden working to save monarchs Updated: Jul-03-15 1:26 pm
RAPID CITY, South Dakota - A community garden in Rapid City is working with an international nonprofit organization to help preserve the monarch butterfly.
- Federal report: Polar bears in peril due to global warming Updated: Jul-02-15 8:28 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don't reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said.
- Gimmicks and technology: California learns to save water Updated: Jul-02-15 8:01 pm
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, California - Billboards and TV commercials, living room visits, guess-your-water-use booths, and awards for water stinginess - a wealthy swath of Orange County that once had one of the worst records for water conservation in drought-stricken California is turning things around, proving it's possible to get people to change their ways.
- Yellowstone loses radio frequencies used to track wildlife Updated: Jul-02-15 6:02 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - Researchers at Yellowstone National Park have lost their license for a set of radio frequencies used to track more than 100 radio-collared wolves and elk.
- 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.
- Timber manager, contractor for thinning project part ways Updated: Jul-02-15 3:45 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - The timber manager and the contractor on a massive forest thinning project in northern Arizona have parted ways.
- Conservationists sue to protect Mexican gray wolves Updated: Jul-02-15 2:26 pm
TUCSON, Arizona - A group of conservation organizations has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its policies on Mexican gray wolves.
- Canadian government protects large area of Lake Superior Updated: Jul-02-15 11:54 am
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan - About half of the Lake Superior waters and much of the shoreline belonging to the Canadian government are now under the country's highest level of federal protection.
- Arizona copper mine stirs debate pitting profits vs religion Updated: Jul-02-15 5:50 am
SUPERIOR, Arizona - Outside of an aging mining town in the mountains east of Phoenix, a copper company has burrowed a shaft 1.3 miles into the high desert landscape in what is believed to be the deepest such mine in the U.S.
- Roswell man volunteers over 15,000 hours for wildlife refuge Updated: Jul-02-15 2:09 am
ROSWELL, New Mexico - Jim Montgomery has volunteered over 15,000 hours over the past 30 years for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. In 1985, he began to do some volunteer work at the wildlife refuge but it wasn't until 1989 that he really became involved.
- Initiative to protect animals collects enough signatures Updated: Jul-01-15 7:16 pm
SEATTLE - Supporters of an initiative to help protect endangered animals that are being poached or exploited say they've collected enough signatures to get their proposal on the November ballot.
- Is it endangered? More study for alligator snapping turtles Updated: Jul-01-15 6:13 pm
NEW ORLEANS - Federal protection may be needed for three amphibian species and seven reptiles, including the hard-biting, spiky-shelled alligator snapping turtle, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says.
- 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.
- Thousands gather in Portland as Oregon eases into legal weed Updated: Jul-01-15 4:05 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - Oregon began easing into an era of legal marijuana Wednesday after an early morning pot celebration at the center of Portland.
- Nebraska Gov. Ricketts criticizes new federal water rule Updated: Jul-01-15 3:05 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts blasted a new Obama administration rule on Wednesday that gives federal authorities the power to regulate more streams, tributaries and wetlands.
- New pipeline reclamation program handling 11 complaints Updated: Jul-01-15 9:26 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - A program that aims to help North Dakota landowners and tenants resolve issues with companies over pipeline reclamation problems is handling nearly a dozen complaints.
- Environmentalists want California to stop offshore fracking Updated: Jun-30-15 10:38 pm
LOS ANGELES - Environmentalists Tuesday called on Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill.
- Endangered Mexican gray wolves born at suburban Chicago zoo Updated: Jun-30-15 6:35 pm
BROOKFIELD, Illinois - Officials of a suburban Chicago zoo say the birth of a litter of Mexican gray wolves marks a major milestone in the conservation of an endangered species.
- 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.
- Water impact at issue with tar sands mine in eastern Utah Updated: Jun-30-15 4:41 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Opponents of Utah's first tar sands mine called on state officials Tuesday to withhold approvals for the project because new evidence shows water in the area will be negatively impacted.
- Ohio, Michigan sue EPA over rule Updated: Jun-30-15 2:19 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio and Michigan are teaming up in a lawsuit against two federal agencies over a new rule that gives them authority over some streams, tributaries and wetlands.
- Red wolf reintroductions halted while changes considered Updated: Jun-30-15 1:22 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Federal officials say they won't add any more red wolves to the wild while they consider changes to a program that reintroduced the once-extinct carnivore.
- Michigan, Wisconsin interns help with Presque Isle project Updated: Jun-30-15 10:56 am
MARQUETTE, Michigan - Northern Michigan University student Daniel Mayle joked about having to look out for alligators in the Presque Isle Bog, but the reality is narrow-leaved cattails are more of a danger.