TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a government agency to take a closer look at pipeline company Enbridge's plans for dealing with potential oil spills in the waterway...
Conservation groups air Louisiana land loss Super Bowl ad
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A group of conservation organizations fighting Louisiana's coastal erosion problems is taking their message to the Super Bowl.
Restore the Mississippi River Delta is a coalition made up of five environmental groups — the Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.
They're showing a commercial during the Super Bowl that draws attention to coastal erosion.
Wind project partners with environmentalists on rare whales
BOSTON (AP) — The developer of an offshore wind energy project is partnering with environmental groups on a plan to try to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale.
The whale is one of the rarest marine mammals. It's thought to number only 411 individuals . The animals travel through New England waters every year.
The Latest: Advocacy groups clash over oil pipeline deal
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on an agreement to replace oil pipelines in a crucial Great Lakes channel (all times local):
Environmental groups are pledging to fight a plan to replace twin oil pipelines in the waterway that links Lakes Huron and Michigan, while business interests are praising it.
The deal announced Wednesday by the state of Michigan and Enbridge would shut down the Line 5 pipes in the Straits of Mackinac and put a new tunnel beneath the lake bed.
Florida red tide: Wildlife advocate stunned by toll on fish
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The head of one of the U.S.'s largest environmental nonprofits says he was stunned Wednesday to see thousands of dead fish and devastation to other marine life from a red tide off hugging southwest Florida's Gulf Coast.
DENVER (AP) — Arturo Garcia rose, bundled up in a puffy green vest and denim blue hoodie, and staked his easel amid the pale golden grasses of Wyoming's Wind River Reservation, home to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho. It was so windy he had to keep one hand on a canvas the size of a school notebook. It was so cold an onlooker got out of her car to offer him her gloves — he could only wear one, as he needed a bare hand to manipulate the palette knife he uses instead of a brush to apply energetic lines and bold colors. Grass blew into his paint.
Montana’s Land Tawney is the face of young, passionate conservation group
Land Tawney, president and chief executive officer of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, headquartered in Missoula, Mont., delivered the keynote address Friday at the Department of Natural Resources annual roundtable for key stakeholders, held in Bloomington.
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) was founded by a small group of hunters and fishermen around an Oregon campfire in 2004, with a mission of protecting the nations 640 million acres of public lands.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has hired a former executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as his new chief of staff.
Bullock said Thursday that Tom Lopach will replace Tracy Stone-Manning, who is going to work for the National Wildlife Federation in Missoula.
Lopach is from Helena and was the chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Jon Tester from 2010 to 2014.
Craig Benjamin, the executive director of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, will resign his position in June to become a Rocky Mountain regional representative with the National Wildlife Federation.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Benjamin said. “I’ll be doing a lot of the same work, just on a larger scope and focused more on wildlife.”
FOX LAKE — Landscapers usually get a call asking them to pull weeds from a yard or garden, not to plant them.
But Ray Durr wanted to create something special – a garden designed as a habitat for monarch butterflies. And monarchs require one weed in particular.
“They only lay eggs on milkweed,” Durr said.
So he called Ryan Zimmerman of D&D Lawn Service in Randolph in January.
“I thought it was unique,” Zimmerman said. “There was a lot to it.”
Bison calf born on Wyoming reservation for first time in more than 130 years
CASPER, Wyo. — A baby bison was born Wednesday on the Wind River Reservation, for the first time in 130 years, according to a news release from the National Wildlife Federation.
“The buffalo calf represents the culmination of years of work to bring this iconic species back as well as the rebirth of the Eastern Shoshone’s cultural and ecological connections to buffalo,” the news release said.
Suburban mayor promotes effort to save monarch butterfly
WEST CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago mayor is trying to help save the monarch butterfly.
A news release from West Chicago says Mayor Ruben Pineda has signed the National Wildlife Federation's Mayors' Monarch Pledge. It is a way to bring awareness to the fact that the number of monarch butterflies in the country has declined by more than 90 percent in the last 20 years. The decline is attributed to development and agricultural practices that shrunk their habitat.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Environmental groups in Ohio and Michigan sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, accusing it of dragging its feet on protecting Lake Erie from harmful algae that have fouled drinking water supplies in recent years.
The federal lawsuit said the agency's lack of action is delaying steps that could combat the algae blooms in the shallowest of the Great Lakes.
When it comes to native trees, the more the better, which is the reason for “Trees for Wildlife,” a native-tree giveaway scheduled for Earth Day, April 22, in Linear Park.
The first 1,400 people who show up will receive a free native-tree seedling along with tips for planting and maintenance in exchange for an email address and signature. The giveaway takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Montana Editorial Roundup
The Montana Standard, Dec. 18, on protections for Yellowstone grizzlies:
There is surely no shortage of things on President Obama's to-do list over the next month - a period that includes his last Presidential vacation to Hawaii. Indeed, as the country anticipates the presidency of Donald Trump, a variety of items, from the urgently needed to the downright loony, will be offered up to the President as he considers what final actions he should take at the end of his eight-year presidency.
Put the rake down, and back away from the leaves.
Dry, dead leaves may be unsightly to your neighbors, but they are great wildlife habitat for a slew of creatures, according to David Mizejewski, a Naturalist at the National Wildlife Federation.
Each year the NWF, reminds people that there are benefits to letting leaves decompose naturally.
Leaving the leaves could also save people money since they act as a natural mulch and fertilizer.
The Latest: Eastern Shoshone Tribe marks return of buffalo
WIND RIVER INDIAN RESERVATION, Wyo. (AP) — The Latest on the release of buffalo on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming:
Members of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe in Wyoming have released 10 buffalo onto their reservation lands.
The release marks the first time buffalo have roamed on the Wind River Indian Reservation since they were wiped out more than a century ago.
Topeka mayor encourages monarch butterfly awareness
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Topeka mayor is joining an effort to raise awareness about the declining number of monarch butterflies.