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PHOTO: A new proposal would provide doctors an easy way to practice in multiple states, and could especially help rural, medically underserved areas. Photo credit: the Federation of State Medical Boards.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A new plan to allow multi-state licensing for physicians could help fill the gap in areas without enough health-care services. If at least seven state legislatures agree to what's known as a multi-state compact, a licensed doctor could easily get permission to practice medicine i ...Read More

Photo: The wildlife community warns North Carolina's red wolf population is in jeopardy if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service opts to end the recovery program. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

MANTEO, N.C. - Almost 30 years ago, North Carolina's population of red wolves was near extinction, but a program by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) introduced an experimental population in eastern North Carolina, and now 100 wolves are thriving in their native habitat. The Fish and Wildl ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates from around the west attend the Justice Begins with Seeds conference in Portland, including (left to right) Cindy Black of Washington, Larry Pamm of California, former EPA senior scientist Ray Seidler, and conference organizer Rick North. Photo courtesy of Chris Hardy.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Some Oregon farmers set aside their harvest plans for a couple of days to learn more about a growing trend known as "food sovereignty," which offers more local control over foods grown and sold in an area. At a weekend conference in Portland, hundreds debated the merits of a food s ...Read More

PHOTO: Colorado has an enviable outdoor recreation economy worth about $12 billion annually, but conservationists and outdoor recreation business leaders worry the state's new water plan may reduce river levels and flow. Photo credit: Jeremy Bailey/American Whitewater.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. - Outdoor business leaders and conservationists are joining forces to urge Colorado to prioritize river-based recreation in the state's upcoming water plan. As the Colorado Water Conservation Board meets Friday to discuss the first statewide water plan, the conservation and ...Read More

PHOTO: Ten Montana farmers and ranchers voiced concerns about rail shipping delays during the National Farmers Union Fly-in to Washington, D.C., this week. Photo credit: Library of Congress

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - Railroads are the backbone of agriculture for Montana. Rail shipping gets products to markets, grain elevators and export terminals, but scheduling rail cars has become trickier with the expansion of oil production in the Bakken. That's the experience Montana Farmers Union membe ...Read More

PHOTO: As summer draws to a close, a new report examines the importance of clean water for millions of Illinoisans, like the Illinois River at Starved Rock State Park in LaSalle County. Photo credit:

CHICAGO - Whether it's for boating, fishing, or swimming, a new report indicates Illinoisans love to take to the water, and new legislation goes before Congress this week that could extend needed protections to some of those waterways. According to the new Summer Fun Index from Environment Illinois ...Read More

PHOTO: It's hoped that the community conservation system implemented in Pope County can be a model for other parts of the state and region where grassland has disappeared due to plowing and invasive species. Photo courtesy Land Stewardship Project.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Across the state and region, grassland habitat is some of the most threatened, but success is being reported in West Central Minnesota thanks to a unique collaboration. The "Simon Lake Challenge" is a project with farmers, landowners, environmental groups and government agencies. ...Read More

PHOTO: This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It was created to help safeguard the nation's natural areas, water resources and outdoor recreation opportunities - such as the region where this prairie pothole is located. Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Tom Koerner/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – It's a national habitat conservation effort that supporters say has provided much value for North Dakota, and among those now asking that Congress reauthorize and fully fund it are local anglers and hunters. Johann Walker, director of conversation programs for Dakotas and Mo ...Read More

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