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PHOTO: Monday is the anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The bird once numbered around 5 billion in North America. Photo credit: Tim Lenz/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - Monday marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The commemoration is being used to urge protection of other species that may face the same fate and for the law that protects them. The Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973, but Jake Li, director of e ...Read More

PHOTO: It would permanently protect some 20,000 acres of Cherokee National Forest, and supporters of the Tennessee Wilderness Act are hoping passage by Congress will come yet this year. Photo credit: Mark Doliner/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Congress returns to session next month, and while not much may get done pre-election, there could be movement afterwards on several bills including one that supporters in Tennessee have been trying to get passed for years. There's a chance that the Tennessee Wilderness Act could ...Read More

PHOTO: Conservationists and sportsmen want federal public lands to remain in public hands, instead of being handed over to states or private entities, as the Republican National Committee has recently proposed. Photo courtesy of Suzanne O'Neill.

DENVER - The Colorado Wildlife Federation, along with 40 other conservation and sportsman groups, is asking the Republican National Committee (RNC) to reconsider its support of states and the private sector taking responsibility for federal public lands. The RNC passed the resolution this year, but ...Read More

PHOTO: Skies over Zion National Park and other National Parks around the nation should remain clear of aerial drones, now that the National Park Service has banned their use. Photo credit: Robert Nieter.

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah - The National Park Service's ban on aerial drones being used inside National Parks, primarily to capture photos and video, is now in full effect nationwide. The Park Service initiated the drone ban in late June, but gave park superintendents two months to implement the po ...Read More

PHOTO: The new Chesapeake Conservation Corps class will be announced Tuesday, and is set to include 32 people ages 18 to 25 who will spend a year volunteering on projects that benefit the bay. Photo credit: Chesapeake Bay Trust.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - At least 32 young people are ready to get to work Tuesday to serve as yearlong volunteers with the 2015 Chesapeake Conservation Corps program. More than 100 students had applied for positions with organizations that work on environmental projects benefitting the health of Chesapeak ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds certain pesky insects and plants are thriving because of the changing climate. Photo credit: Daniel X. O'Neil/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The outdoor experience in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" and across the nation is changing, and not for the better, as a new report finds certain pesky insects and plants are thriving because of climate change. The study points to everything from ticks and mosquitoes to algae blooms ...Read More

PHOTO: People who shared their reasons for supporting Wild Olympics legislation with reporters on Thursday included, from left, Michelle Sandoval (Port Townsend), Sen. Patty Murray, Rep. Derek Kilmer, Tim McNulty (Sequim), and Bill Taylor (Shelton). Photo credit: Thomas O'Keefe.

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. - A push to add new wilderness acreage to Olympic National Forest gained some momentum Thursday, as members of Congress invited supporters and reporters to the area for an update on the legislation. The "Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act" lost some steam w ...Read More

PHOTO: The landmark legislation that has protected thousands of acres of wild lands in Tennessee and millions nationwide will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary. The Wilderness Act was signed on Sept. 3, 1964. Photo credit: Laura Hodge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Residents across the state are preparing to celebrate a historic anniversary - the 50th year of the Wilderness Act. The act was signed into law on Sept. 3, 1964, establishing the National Wilderness Preservation System "as a mechanism to have kind of a unified way of giving prote ...Read More

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