ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Federal officials and environmentalists are working together to boost protection for a rare poppy that is only found in southern Utah.
Land conservation organization acquires 100,000 acres
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A land conservation organization has acquired 100,000 acres (40,469 hectares) on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.
News outlets report The Nature Conservancy announced...
Study: Protecting Mississippi River headwaters pays off
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The economic benefits of preserving and restoring land in the upper Mississippi River's headwaters region nearly outweigh the costs, according to a new study.
Conservationists detail purpose of torching preserve site
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Turtles and snakes and most insects are still underground, hibernating in the cold earth.
Good thing, as fire starters spread out recently, streams of fire dribbling...
New Mexico forestry division gets first woman leader
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An associate director with The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico has been chosen as the first woman to lead the state forestry division.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) — The Nature Conservancy says it will acquire more than 6,200 acres in South Texas as part of the largest conservation effort on South Padre Island in two...
Nevada mining town embraces environmental group’s ranch plan
BEATTY, Nev. (AP) — Environmentalists are taking over a faded Nevada mining town, but many locals don't seem to mind.
The Nature Conservancy has become the largest private landowner in the...
The Nature Conservancy to purchase Glebe Mountain land
WINDHAM, Vt. (AP) — Southern Vermont's Glebe Mountain will soon be conserved and protected from development.
The Brattleboro Reformer reports that The Nature Conservancy will be buying 3,500...
Non-profit, Montana ranchers team up to preserve land
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Some north-central Montana ranchland is being conserved through a partnership between a conservation group and ranchers.
Conservancy buys land in Zoar Valley of western New York
GOWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — A land preservation group has acquired 612 acres of forest in the Zoar Valley, an area of deep gorges in southwestern New York.
The Nature Conservancy says the purchase was made possible through a collaboration between a private landowner, the conservancy and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
Hawaii coral reefs stabilizing following bleaching event
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Coral reefs off the Big Island are stabilizing nearly four years after Hawaii's worst bleaching event, an environmental organization said.
Warm ocean water temperatures caused the first statewide bleaching event in 2015, damaging delicate coral reefs, West Hawaii Today reported Wednesday.
Regulators sign off on dairy farm in northwestern Indiana
LAKE VILLAGE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana regulators have a granted a key permit for an organic dairy farm that could become home to more than 4,000 cows in Newton County.
Natural Prairie Dairy says its cows will graze on alfalfa and grass that hasn't been treated with synthetic herbicides or pesticides. Critics, including the Hoosier Environmental Council, fear the northwestern Indiana farm could harm wells and reduce property values.
Conservationists buy southern Colorado ranch for open space
TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) — Conservation groups have reached a deal to buy and protect a southern Colorado ranch that includes the landmark Fishers Peak near Trinidad.
The Trust for Public Land and The Nature Conservancy said Friday they will buy the Crazy French Ranch from the French Trinidad Co. for $25.5 million. The public will have access to the land once the two groups, along with state and local officials, settle on a management plan.
Supreme Court rejects sanctuary’s easement request
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by a wild horse sanctuary to get rid of a conservation easement that limits use of thousands of acres.
The operators of the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary near Hot Springs filed a lawsuit in 2016 alleging it was fraudulently induced into granting the easement to The Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit with an office in Rapid City, in exchange for $230,000.
Land for outdoor recreation donated to state of South Dakota
CLEAR LAKE, S.D. (AP) — A conservation organization has gifted 580 acres of land in northeast South Dakota to the state for outdoor recreation.
Minnesota residents John and Kimberly Puckett donated the property to the Nature Conservancy with the goal of it ending up in public ownership. The organization said Tuesday it had given the wildlife area along Bitter Lake in South Dakota's Day County to Game, Fish and Parks.
Kansas wants to charge $50 fee at new state park
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism wants to charge $50 a day for access to fragile rock formations at the state's newest park.
Online tools deployed to detect Great Lakes invasive species
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A program designed to keep policymakers up to speed on threats to the Great Lakes has created online tools to support early detection of exotic species.
Blue Accounting is an initiative led by the Great Lakes Commission and The Nature Conservancy, with help from other government agencies and private organizations.
Groups: Nevada’s old mine sites could help meet energy goal
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A think tank and an advocacy group say Nevada could adapt old mines and former industrial sites to meet an aggressive clean energy benchmark that voters have endorsed with a statewide initiative.
$3.5M man-made oyster reef to be built in Galveston Bay
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Environmentalists plan to build a $3.5 million man-made oyster reef in Galveston Bay as part of an effort to preserve Texas' oyster population, which is on the brink of extinction.
New Hampshire getting $136K to help tidal crossing projects
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is going to get more than $136,000 to support the design of coastal tidal crossings to help communities and ecosystems.
The money is going to the New Hampshire Nature Conservancy for a tidal crossing replacement project. It's coming from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Iowa conservation groups partner on nature area project
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa conservation groups are working together to turn a 506-acre site into a natural area that will be transferred to the state to manage and allow for public use.
Powderhorn Ranch along Texas coast now state wildlife area
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — About 15,000 acres (6070.417 hectares) of a private ranch along the Texas coast has become a state wildlife management area in a $50 million conservation project.
Handicapped-accessible trail opened in rare forest
OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) — A nonprofit environmental organization has opened a handicapped-accessible trail in a rare New Hampshire forest.
New Hampshire Public Radio reports the Nature Conservancy unveiled the Ossipee Pine Barrens path Thursday.
New effort will analyze genes of endangered Northwest orcas
SEATTLE (AP) — A new scientific effort will sequence the genomes of critically endangered Pacific Northwest orcas to better understand their genetics and potentially find ways to save them from extinction.
The collaboration announced Thursday involves scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Northwest Fisheries Science Center, the nonprofit Nature Conservancy and BGI, a global genomics company.
Prairie seed harvest set this weekend in central Iowa
ELKHART, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and other land trusts in Iowa will be harvesting prairie seeds this weekend in central Iowa.
This Saturday, volunteers will be collecting seeds at the 154-acre Snyder Heritage Farm near Elkhart.
The foundation, Foundation, Bur Oak Land Trust, Four Mounds Foundation, The Nature Conservancy in Iowa and Whiterock Conservancy are hosting the seed harvest.
University of Louisville announces $5M to help tree study
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville says it has received $5 million to help fund a study that looks at the connection between a green environment and human health.
The school announced on Tuesday that the National Institutes of Health awarded the Green Heart project a $3 million grant over a five-year period and The Nature Conservancy awarded it a $2 million grant.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say 20 threatened eastern indigo snakes have been released in northern Florida.
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission news release says the reptiles were set loose at The Nature Conservancy's Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve west of Tallahassee.
Government agencies, wildlife groups and universities are trying to return the native, nonvenomous apex predator to the region. A similar release was conducted last year with 12 snakes.
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Nearly 18,000 acres (7,000 hectares) in Mississippi's Delta region have been acquired by the state in the largest piece of land it has bought in 40 years.
The Clarion Ledger reported Saturday the sale of the Steele Bayou Wildlife Management Area in Issaquena and Warren counties was announced last week. It's expected to open in 2019.
Wyoming wildlife refuge expanded
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A wildlife refuge in southern Wyoming is expanding by 581 acres (235 hectares) with help from The Nature Conservancy.
The Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Albany County is home to the endangered Wyoming toad.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Land surrounding Burnt Mountain in Vermont will now be a forest reserve and store carbon to help California meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.
MONKTON, Vt. (AP) — The Nature Conservancy in Vermont says it will ensure a rare flower is protected while builders renovate a hiking trail in the town of Monkton.
Central Florida community works to bring back butterflies
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Efforts are underway in Central Florida to restore the habitats of the monarch butterfly, crucial to helping plants grow, including many foods people eat.
The iconic orange and black insect is one of nature's key pollinators. Environmentalists say its decline, which they blame in part on climate change, threatens the ecological health of the region, and other crucial insects may be suffering as well.
FARMINGTON, N.H. (AP) — A portion of the blueberry barrens atop New Hampshire's Blue Job Mountain in Farmington will be set on fire to maintain important habitats and benefit a variety of wildlife.
DAVIS, W.Va. (AP) — A land donation will more than double the size of the Bear Rocks Preserve in West Virginia.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Conservation groups say they have acquired nearly 18,000 acres of land in Down East Maine for preservation of wildlife habitat and recreation.
The Conservation Fund says the purchase is the result of a collaboration between itself, The Nature Conservancy, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, New England Forestry Foundation, Blue Hill Heritage Trust and the Downeast Salmon Federation.
Volunteers plant nearly 6,000 trees for Arbor Day
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Nearly 6,000 aspen and willow trees were planted by Sunday in honor of Arbor Day at a river preserve in Durham.
More than 100 volunteers contributed to the efforts, which started on the holiday Friday with about 60 students from Phillips Exeter Academy. The trees were planted across six acres at the Lamprey River Preserve.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bridgestone Americas Inc. has donated almost 6,000 acres (2,000 hectares) of forest in Tennessee for land conservation aimed at protecting endangered species and mitigating climate change.
The tire and rubber giant announced Wednesday that it would give the land on the Cumberland Plateau to The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee.
Nature Conservancy buys county club development rights
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island has paid about $2 million to ensure that an East Providence country club won't ever be developed.
The Providence Journal reports that under the agreement, the Conservancy bought the development rights to about two-thirds of the Agawam Hunt club. The 82 acres include the majority of the 18-hole golf course and a half-mile corridor of woods and wetlands.
RULO, Neb. (AP) — A Native American tribe has regained ownership of river bluffs, hardwood forest and tall grass prairie along the Missouri River through an agreement with the Nature Conservancy of Nebraska.
SIMPSON, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois conservation partners are testing a new information-sharing system using their smartphones.
Group expands preserved land by 409-acres
NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Get your oxygen on. Get your crampons. No Sherpas today," shouted Carl Tjerandsen as we made our way through the valley of Brown's Mountain, close to where the borders of Preston, Griswold and North Stonington meet.
Northwest Indiana wild bison herd nearly doubles in year
MOROCCO, Ind. (AP) — A wild bison herd has almost doubled since being brought to a northwest Indiana prairie in 2016.
Nature Conservancy adds 468 acres to ‘biodiversity hotspot’
SHARON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont chapter of the Nature Conservancy says it's adding 468 acres to the White River Natural Area in the town of Sharon.
The Conservancy describes the area as a "biodiversity hotspot" that includes 13 natural communities and is home to 28 rare plants. The expansion also safeguards two miles of White River shoreline.
The natural area also hosts a 1.6-mile trail that's open to the public for hiking, fishing, bird watching, snowshoeing and hunting.
Roundup keeps Oklahoma bison herd thriving
PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — You hear them before you see them.
It's a loud rumbling, almost like waves of thunder clashing. Then they emerge, running, out of the thick fog.
Hundreds of bison thundered into the corral at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve early Thursday morning, as part of the 2017 Bison Roundup.
Federal funds awarded for 3 Grand Traverse Bay projects
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — More than $1.5 million in federal funding will support three projects intended to protect against invasive species and boost water quality in Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay.
U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters say the grants were awarded under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a wide-ranging environmental cleanup program.
The Nature Conservancy is getting $550,000 to remove invasive species that harm native fish such as lake trout, cisco and whitefish.
Scientists: Half of Hawaii’s coral reefs bleached in 2014-15
HONOLULU (AP) — Nearly half of Hawaii's coral reefs were bleached during heat waves in 2014 and 2015 and fisheries close to shore are declining, a group of scientists told state lawmakers.
The scientists from the Nature Conservancy briefed the lawmakers on Thursday about what they called an unprecedented situation for Hawaii's sea life.
Research project examines if trees make people healthier
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Imagine trees as a drug to prevent heart disease.
Aruni Bhatnagar, a medical professor at the University of Louisville, does — along with a team that unveiled a $14.5 million research project in Louisville on Thursday.
"We think (trees) might be more effective than statins," the air pollution expert said of the widely prescribed class of drugs used to lower blood cholesterol, a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
New website helps measure Great Lakes restoration progress
DETROIT (AP) — A new website is designed to help leaders in the Great Lakes region keep track of progress toward protecting the environment and boosting the economy.
The Great Lakes Commission and The Nature Conservancy developed the site as part of their Blue Accounting Initiative . It was introduced during the recent Leadership Summit of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers in Detroit.
‘Critter shelf’ project aims to help wildlife cross NY roads
BOONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state Department of Transportation and The Nature Conservancy are testing a new "critter shelf" installed in a highway culvert to help wildlife cross safely.
The structure was installed this summer inside a 138-foot-long, 14-foot-tall culvert south of Boonville, in central New York. The steel walkway suspended above water in the culvert allows bobcats and other animals that don't swim to safely cross the busy highway.