- Federal funds aims to boost migrating monarch butterflies Updated: Nov-27-15 4:08 pm
BLOOMINGTON, Indiana - Federal officials want landowners in Indiana and nine other states to grow milkweed to boost the population of monarch butterflies.
- Feds extend comment period on plan to close areas to mining Updated: Nov-27-15 12:08 pm
BOISE, Idaho - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has extended the public comment period on the agency's plan to withdraw 10 million acres of public lands in six western states from potential mineral extraction to protect habitat for the greater sage grouse.
- Southwest Idaho a wildfire restoration lab for land managers Updated: Nov-27-15 11:27 am
MARSING, Idaho - Even before the smoke cleared last summer, scientists and resource specialists spread out across the blackened range of the Owyhee Mountains to assess the damage of the Soda Fire.
- Nixon wants settlement money sent to lead-damaged areas Updated: Nov-27-15 11:25 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Gov. Jay Nixon this week called on a state agency to use settlement funds to restore areas of southeastern Missouri that were damaged by lead contamination, a move praised by local officials and state lawmakers who for months questioned why money was going to projects in places untouched by lead.
- New Mexico to share in federal energy revenues Updated: Nov-27-15 5:41 am
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Oil and gas development and mineral production on federal and tribal lands in New Mexico have netted nearly a half-billion dollars in revenues for the state.
- Bill banning microbeads makes debut in Ohio Legislature Updated: Nov-27-15 5:31 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A bill banning the manufacture and sale of microscopic exfoliating beads used in personal care products has been introduced in Ohio.
- Appalachian Bear Rescue releases orphaned bears into wild Updated: Nov-27-15 4:56 am
TOWNSEND, Tennessee - The Appalachian Bear Rescue has released two black bear cubs back into the wild.
- Native American remains discovered at Napa River restoration Updated: Nov-26-15 3:16 pm
NAPA, California - Officials in Napa are determining next steps after workers discovered Native American remains while completing a nine-mile river restoration project.
- Funding restored to Milan Community Forest Project Updated: Nov-25-15 12:23 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - The U.S. Forest Service says it is restoring $400,000 in funding for the Milan Community Forest Project, originally removed to pay for wildfire suppression, instead.
- Wildlife managers investigate shooting of sandhill cranes Updated: Nov-25-15 8:53 am
SHAWANO COUNTY, Wisconsin - Wildlife managers are investigating to find out who killed a pair of protected sandhill cranes in Shawano County.
- Endangered bat, cacti subjects of new federal lawsuit Updated: Nov-25-15 8:10 am
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Agricultural groups in New Mexico and Texas want two cacti and a rare bat thrown off the federal endangered species list.
- Climate changes take heavy toll on Ugandan coffee farmers Updated: Nov-25-15 5:34 am
KASESE, Uganda - Luka Kinyere felt the wet, dark volcanic soil in his calloused palm, thankful for the rain that was falling again after a dry spell.
- Idaho officials OK implementation of sage grouse plan Updated: Nov-24-15 7:35 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho officials on Tuesday approved implementing the state's plan to protect habitat for greater sage grouse on endowment lands, despite frustration with federal land managers.
- Washington project ensures forest stores carbon for decades 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.
- Scientists call for continuing Great Lakes wolf protections Updated: Nov-24-15 1:23 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - Gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region should not yet be removed from the federal endangered species list, a group of scientists and scholars said Tuesday, disagreeing with colleagues who said the population has rebounded sufficiently.
- Federal approval of Gila River agreement triggers review Updated: Nov-23-15 8:04 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The U.S. Department of Interior on Monday reached an agreement with water managers in New Mexico, marking the next step in a long, contentious process to develop the state's share of the Gila River.
- Feds plan $1 million on forest restoration in northern Idaho Updated: Nov-23-15 7:06 pm
BOISE, Idaho - The U.S. Forest Service is spending just over $1 million in northern Idaho to shore up areas scorched this year by massive wildfires.
- Man accused of killing 3 bears says it was self defense Updated: Nov-23-15 6:07 pm
ANDOVER TOWNSHIP, New Jersey - A 78-year-old northern New Jersey man on trial for fatally shooting a bear and her two cubs was defending his wife and himself, he and his attorney said Monday.
- Colorado wildlife officials revisit wolf concerns Updated: Nov-23-15 5:50 pm
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado - Colorado wildlife officials are considering renewing their opposition to the introduction of wolves as the federal government considers recovery plans for the Mexican wolf.
- 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.
- NY investigating bird deaths at Lake Ontario Updated: Nov-23-15 3:01 am
ALBANY, New York - New York conservation officials are the deaths of birds found along the shores of Lake Ontario since mid-October.
- Butterfly food: Residents urged to grow milkweed Updated: Nov-22-15 1:31 pm
CONWAY, Arkansas - Conservationists are working with wildlife lovers, gardeners, schools, farmers, cities and even highway representatives to make the annual journey of one small migrant more welcoming.
- Wildlife officials concerned with placement of wind farm Updated: Nov-22-15 1:26 pm
TARKIO, Missouri - Federal wildlife officials are raising concerns about a proposed northwest Missouri wind farm they say could have an impact on the migration of birds into the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge.
- NY officials ask hunters to watch out for deer disease Updated: Nov-22-15 9:37 am
ALBANY, New York - Conservation officials are asking hunters to help protect New York's deer herd from chronic wasting disease.