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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: Wisconsin has thousands of small streams such as this one, and the state's largest environmental group, Clean Wisconsin, says a recent manure spill of more than a million gallons that polluted the Little Eau Pleine River and netted the polluter a $464 fine sends the wrong message about keeping our environment clean. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey)

MADISON, Wis. - A recent manure spill of more than 1 million gallons that polluted the Little Eau Pleine River in Marathon County netted the offender a fine of only $464 from the Department of Natural Resources. Amber Meyer Smith, director of government relations for the state's largest environmen ...Read More

PHOTO: A portion of the new Hickory Nut Gorge Trailhead was built by the North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps. The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce says recreation opportunities like this help them bring businesses to the area. Photo courtesy of Conservation Land Trust of North Carolina

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. - For some North Carolina communities, the "trail to success" for economic development is being found through actual trails. This week, Henderson County celebrated the opening of a new trailhead in Hickory Nut Gorge. Bob Williford, president of the local Chanber of Commerce, sa ...Read More

PHOTO: State regulators are releasing the rules needed to implement fracking in Illinois. Photo credit: Joshua Doubek/Wikipedia Creative Commons.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's a day for which both supporters and opponents of fracking in Illinois have been waiting for more than a year. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is releasing its long-awaited rules regulating hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state. The process involves in ...Read More

PHOTO: Warming surface temperatures associated with climate change are one factor in the rising population of jellyfish at Florida beaches, according to a National Wildlife Federation report. Photo courtesy: NOAA

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - This Labor Day weekend, thousands of Floridians and visitors may feel more than just the sting of a sunburn. Jellyfish are hanging around beaches, with at least 400 people stung last weekend alone. While the toxin-tentacled animal has long been a part of beach-life, "jellyfi ...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

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