Natural resource management

A Monarch butterfly rests on the finger of a woman in the Amanalco de Becerra sanctuary, on the mountains near the extinct Nevado de Toluca volcano, in Mexico, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The monarch butterfly population, like that of other insects, fluctuates widely depending on a variety of factors, but scientists say the recoveries after each big dip tend to be smaller, suggesting an overall declining trend. (AP Photo/ Marco Ugarte)
February 15, 2019 - 2:43 pm
AMANALCO DE BECERRA, Mexico (AP) — For years, park rangers and conservationists working around Mexico's Nevado de Toluca volcano chased rumors of a monarch butterfly colony that wintered high in a forest of oyamel firs in some corner of the 132,000-acre (53,419-hectare) national reserve. Local...
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Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler walks to a podium a news conference in Philadelphia, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The EPA is expected to announced a plan for dealing with a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid complaints from members of Congress and environmentalists that it's not moved aggressively enough to regulate them. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
February 14, 2019 - 8:48 am
Under strong pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it will move ahead this year with a process that could lead to setting a safety threshold for a group of highly toxic chemicals in drinking water. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the immediate...
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In this May 24, 2018, file photo, the home of civil rights leaders Medgar and Myrlie Evers, in Jackson, Miss. The Senate has approved a bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds a million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates four new national monuments. The three park service monuments are the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument in Mississippi and the Mill Springs and Camp Nelson national monuments in Kentucky. The Evers site marks the home of the slain civil rights leader, (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
February 12, 2019 - 6:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday approved a major public lands bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments. The measure, the largest public lands bill considered by Congress...
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In this 2018 photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is Wisdom, the world's oldest known breeding bird with a chick sits in a nest at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial. Federal wildlife officials say the world's oldest known wild bird has become a mother again at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Laysan albatross named Wisdom hatched a chick earlier this month at the remote atoll northwest of Hawaii. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say Wisdom is at least 68 years old and has raised at least 31 chicks. (Bob Peyton/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)
February 12, 2019 - 3:40 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — The oldest known wild bird in the world has become a mother again at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. wildlife officials said. The Laysan albatross named Wisdom hatched a chick earlier this month at the remote atoll northwest of Hawaii, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser...
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FILE - In this Thursday July 26, 2018 file photo, a wildfire smolders at Alvdalen field in Sarna, central Sweden. Sweden's civil protection agency says the country needs more water-dropping capacity to fight serious wildfires like the ones last year and improve cooperation between the rescue services. Agency head Dan Eliasson says Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 the path ahead is "to get us the skills and ability" to use water-dropping planes before the summer. (Maja Suslin/TT via AP, file)
February 12, 2019 - 11:42 am
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's civil protection agency says the country needs more water-dropping resources to fight serious wildfires like the ones last year and improve cooperation between the rescue services. Agency head Dan Eliasson says the path ahead is "to get us the skills and ability" to use...
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Protesters hold up flags during a public hearing on a draft environmental plan on proposed petroleum leasing within Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Congress in December 2017 approved a tax bill that requires oil and gas lease sales in the refuge to raise revenue for a tax cut backed by President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)
February 11, 2019 - 8:38 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Protesters in Alaska urged federal officials to keep oil rigs out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge despite a federal law requiring lease sales in the wilderness area. At a Bureau of Land Management environmental review hearing in Anchorage, Laura Herman urged that no...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2019 file photo, Marianna Trevino-Wright, Executive Director of the National Butterfly Center, talks during an interview with The Associated Press in Mission, Texas. The U.S. government is preparing to begin construction of more border walls and fencing in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley, likely on federally-owned land set aside as wildlife refuge property. Heavy construction equipment is supposed to arrive starting Monday. A photo posted by the nonprofit National Butterfly Center shows an excavator parked on its property.(AP Photo/ John L. Mone)
February 04, 2019 - 2:12 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government is preparing to begin construction of more border walls and fencing in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley, likely on federally owned land set aside as wildlife refuge property. Heavy construction equipment was expected to arrive starting Monday, U.S. Customs and...
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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2005, file photo, tourist Chris Farthing from Suffolks County, England, takes a picture while visiting Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico. The Bureau of Land Management has rescheduled an oil and gas lease sale for March 28, 2019, that includes several parcels that are within 10 miles of the park. The agency says the sale was pushed back to accommodate a public protest period that was delayed due to the recent government shutdown. (AP Photo/Jeff Geissler, File)
January 31, 2019 - 6:32 am
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. land managers will move forward in March with the sale of oil and gas leases that include land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park and other sites sacred to Native American tribes. The sale comes as Democratic members of Congress, tribal leaders and...
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CORRECTS FIRST NAME TO THOM INSTEAD OF TOM Thom Porter, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, right, accompanied by Board of Forestry and Fire Protection Chairman Keith Gilless, left, discusses the plan to speed up logging and prescribed burns designed to protect communities from wildfires, at a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. The effort would create a single environmental review process to cover vegetation reduction projects, field breaks and restoration projects. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
January 29, 2019 - 10:35 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California wildland managers said Tuesday that they want to speed up logging and prescribed burns designed to slow wildfires that have devastated communities in recent years. After the deadliest and most destructive blazes in state history, officials are scrapping 12 years...
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FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2016, file photo, rancher Dwight Hammond Jr. greets protesters outside his home in Burns, Ore. Dwight and Steven Hammond who were convicted in 2012 of intentionally setting fires on public land in Oregon have had their grazing rights restored. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, in one of his last actions before resigning, ordered the renewal of a 10-year grazing permit for Hammond Ranches Inc., run by Hammond and his son Steven Hammond. The decision was dated Jan. 2, 2019, but wasn't sent out until this week. (Les Zaitz/The Oregonian via AP, File)
January 29, 2019 - 5:37 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The two Oregon ranchers whose conviction for intentionally setting fires on public land sparked a weeks-long standoff with anti-federal government protesters at a remote wildlife refuge have had their grazing rights restored. Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, in one of his...
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