- Forest Service reminds Christmas tree hunters of the rules Updated: Nov-28-15 8:00 pm
BOZEMAN, Montana - The U.S. Forest Service is reminding people who want to cut down their own Christmas tree to follow the rules of the program.
- Sandhill crane national refuge to mark 40th anniversary Updated: Nov-28-15 6:49 pm
GAUTHIER, Mississippi - The Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge is 40 years old, and will celebrate with a free festival next month.
- Hogs, residents compete for Kansas county's water supply Updated: Nov-28-15 2:01 pm
TRIBUNE, Kansas - Only 1,200 people live in Kansas' smallest county, where using irrigation to quench thirsty crops is no longer an option for many because the water source underneath this flat, arid prairie is nearly exhausted due to decades of overuse.
- Ohio water plants push back on algae testing Updated: Nov-28-15 11:22 am
TOLEDO, Ohio - Cities and counties that operate water treatment plants around Ohio are pushing back against a state proposal to require weekly tests for toxic algae in drinking water, arguing that monitoring isn't needed year round and that it would cost too much, according to an Associated Press review.
- Control over access to seabed, harvest at issue in Texas Updated: Nov-28-15 11:09 am
DALLAS - A novel claim that a fleet of commercial boats on the Texas coast has exclusive rights to thousands of acres of seabed - and the lucrative oysters found there - has spawned a flurry of high-stakes lawsuits and has state officials saying the move undermines their efforts to protect wildlife.
- Foul play not suspected in death of southern Illinois woman Updated: Nov-27-15 6:38 pm
MARION, Illinois - Authorities in southern Illinois say foul play is not suspected in the death of a 22-year-old Murphysboro woman whose body was found by hunters in a national wildlife refuge.
- 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.
- Biologists to use new system to track endangered suckers Updated: Nov-27-15 2:06 pm
KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon - Biologists hope a new underwater monitoring system will be able to give them an idea of how some endangered fish are using Oregon's Link River.
- Land owner to appeal ruling that opens stream access Updated: Nov-27-15 1:25 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A property owner is asking that a 4th District judge's ruling that allows fisherman to access rivers and streams on private property be put on hold pending his appeal.
- 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.
- 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.
- Trout Unlimited ups reward in illegal fish stocking cases Updated: Nov-26-15 2:21 pm
WHITEFISH, Montana - Montana Trout Unlimited has doubled to $20,000 the reward it is offering for the apprehension and conviction of whoever is responsible for illegally stocking fish in three western Montana lakes and reservoirs.
- Deer here: Game commission to steer hunters to prime spots Updated: Nov-26-15 9:41 am
FISHER, Pennsylvania - Yo, hunters! Deer here.
- Oldest known seabird is back at Midway Atoll near Hawaii Updated: Nov-25-15 8:28 pm
HONOLULU - Federal wildlife officials say the world's oldest known seabird has returned to Midway Atoll.
- 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.
- Roof of southern Utah waste water treatment plant collapses Updated: Nov-25-15 10:43 am
ST. GEORGE, Utah - St. George officials say part of the roof of a waste water processing facility has collapsed.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Colorado town to pursue Superfund help after mine spill Updated: Nov-24-15 3:56 pm
DURANGO, Colorado - Southwestern Colorado officials will negotiate with state and federal agencies to set up a federally financed Superfund cleanup of inactive mines, including one that spewed millions of gallons of wastewater into rivers in three states in August.
- Wildlife officials trap orphaned Florida panther kitten Updated: Nov-24-15 2:08 pm
NAPLES, Florida - Wildlife officials say they rescued a 4-month-old female panther kitten that was likely orphaned when its mother was struck by a vehicle in southwest Florida.
- 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.