Category: Conservation News

Next Steps in Saving the Hawaiian Crow

Next Steps in Saving the Hawaiian Crow

Hilo – The coalition of conservation partners working to recover the ‘alalā (also known as the Hawaiian crow) are looking to the future as they work to address recent challenges that have affected the population of the species living in the Pu’u Maka`ala Natural Area Reserve (NAR), on Hawai‘i island. In response to recent mortatilities, […]
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Portion Of Iconic Applachian Trail Protected Forever

Portion Of Iconic Applachian Trail Protected Forever

Cold, clear Bald Mountain Pond in Northern Maine welcomes anglers, hunters, hikers, and paddlers from across the country. Anglers enjoy the remote fishing opportunity for wild brook trout that reach upwards of three pounds, and the Department now owns the boat launch that assures there will always be access to the pond. Hikers on the […]
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3,433 Acres of Maui Watershed Lands Protected

3,433 Acres of Maui Watershed Lands Protected

Kula, Maui – A recent land acquisition protects the Kula water aquifer, habitat for endangered species, and community-based forest restoration opportunities. These lands are now protected in perpetuity thanks to federal, state, and non-profit partners. The Trust for Public Land (TPL) purchased 3,433 acres of upland Kula property from the Shizuka Asakawa Revocable Trust in […]
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DNREC to reopen The Point at Cape Henlopen Sept. 1

DNREC to reopen The Point at Cape Henlopen Sept. 1

LEWES, Del. – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will reopen The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, including a stretch of ocean beach and dunes, and a half-mile along the bay shoreline, Tuesday, Sept. 1. The bayside beach will remain closed until Oct. 1 for use by shorebirds migrating south for the […]
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MDC partnership teamwork makes the conservation dream work

MDC partnership teamwork makes the conservation dream work

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – No one accomplishes anything alone, and through strong conservation partnerships, Missouri’s natural resources continue to be valued and supported. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is fortunate to work with numerous partner organizations that help make a difference for the state’s forest, fish, and wildlife in communities around the state. Community […]
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Pua’ahala Watershed on Moloka’i Acquired for Conservation

Pua’ahala Watershed on Moloka’i Acquired for Conservation

Honolulu – A critical parcel of land for protecting an important watershed on Moloka‘i’s east side has been acquired by the State. Pua‘ahala was previously owned by K&H Horizons Hawai‘i. It comprises 800 acres of an entire ahupua‘a from the top of the mountain to the ocean. It will protect the island’s remaining watershed forests […]
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Iowa CRP signup has begun

Iowa CRP signup has begun

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is opened general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) through February 28, 2020. Farmers and ranchers who enroll in CRP receive a yearly rental payment for voluntarily establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees (known as “covers”) to control soil erosion, improve water quality and […]
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Biologists Can Help Landowners with Nebraska CRP Offers

Biologists Can Help Landowners with Nebraska CRP Offers

For the first time since June 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for its voluntary Conservation Reserve Program. Private landowners can sign up at their local USDA Farm Service Agency office through Feb. 28, 2020. Land that is not currently enrolled in CRP may be offered during the enrollment period, as well […]
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North Dakota CREP Enrollment Open

North Dakota CREP Enrollment Open

Landowners in southwestern North Dakota are again able to enroll in the state Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture opened a new signup period in early December. In addition, USDA also announced an open signup for the general Conservation Reserve Program, which is open until Feb. 29. The North Dakota Riparian […]
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Waimea Native Forest Acquired for Conservation

Waimea Native Forest Acquired for Conservation

Honolulu – A recent land acquisition by federal, state and private-sector partners has ensured the protection of an entire watershed and nearly the entire ahupua‘a, from the Koʻolau summit to Waimea Bay. This native forest provides habitat for native plants and animals, many of them rare and endangered. The Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural […]
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2,000 Acres Secured for Critically Endangered Species Habitat, Conservation

2,000 Acres Secured for Critically Endangered Species Habitat, Conservation

JESUP, Ga. — Two significant land acquisitions in southeast Georgia were announced today by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Open Space Institute (OSI). One property secures critical habitat for the restoration of rare species, including one of the state’s rarest plants, hairy rattleweed, and Georgia’s state reptile, the gopher tortoise. The […]
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Creswell conservation easement protects critical Willamette Valley habitat

Creswell conservation easement protects critical Willamette Valley habitat

SALEM, Ore – A 1,610-acre working lands conservation easement in the South Willamette Valley now protects the highly imperiled Oregon vesper sparrow along with large swaths of grasslands and oak woodlands. A grassland-dependent bird, the Oregon vesper sparrow is petitioned to be federally listed as endangered. In October, property owners Darrick and Shannon Salyers and […]
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