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PHOTO: Scientists once feared Michigan had no remaining healthy ash trees like this one. However since spotting and analyzing a few, the search is now on for more survivors of the emerald ash borer. Photo courtesy of US Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

DETROIT - It's a scavenger hunt of sorts: the U.S. Forest Service is hoping Michiganders can help them find the few ash trees which have managed to survive the invasion of a deadly Asian beetle in the hopes of one day reviving the state's ash population. Research biologist Jennifer Koch, with the ...Read More

Photo: The number of monarch butterflies migrating through Florida are decreasing, according to conservationists. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

ST. MARKS, Fla. - Florida neighborhoods will be invaded by Halloween costumes of all sorts on Friday, including the ever-popular butterfly costume. But real-life butterflies - namely monarchs on their annual migration from the north to Mexico - arrived later than normal this year at their migration ...Read More

PHOTO: Bats are helpful to Arizona farmers and people in general, despite being a mainstay among the Halloween creatures that may cause fear in some people. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

PHOENIX - Halloween is just a couple of days away, and bats may be among the creepy creatures meant to cause fright - but the little animals actually help Arizona farmers and people. Lynda Lambert, public information officer for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said bats feast on insects. "Th ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces hundreds of millions in sewage upgrades which experts say will reduce nitrogen pollution and shore up natural defenses from superstorms such as Sandy. Credit: Kevin McDonald.

NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo committed hundreds of millions of dollars Tuesday to projects to reduce nitrogen pollution. On the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, conservation advocates say it's the right move. Nancy Kelley, executive director of The Nature Conservancy on Long Island, said the ...Read More

PHOTO: North Dakotans will decide next week on Measure 5, which would dedicate a small portion of oil tax revenues to conservation. Photo credit: Lindsey G/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - When North Dakotans head to the polls next week, they'll decide on whether to set aside a little oil money for conservation, while also deciding on whether there should be a change in how these types of financial decisions can be made. Measure 4 would prohibit any petition-initiate ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report ranks Arizona in the top third of all states in overall energy efficiency. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

PHOENIX - Arizona places 15th in the U.S. in a new report ranking states on energy efficiency. Jeff Schlegel, Arizona representative at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, says the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranks states ...Read More

PHOTO: A coalition of 65 groups representing Pennsylvania hunters, anglers and outdoor recreationists have written the EPA in support of the agency's proposed Clean Power Plan. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

PHILADELPHIA - A coalition of Pennsylvania outdoor businesses, outfitters, hunting and fishing groups, and outdoor-recreation advocates say the EPA is on track with its proposed Clean Power Plan. The Tri-County Trout Club near Pittsburgh is one of the organizations that signed a letter in support o ...Read More

PHOTO: California's water woes are one of the issues facing Golden State voters on Election Day. Voters will decide the fate of Proposition 1, known as the Water Bond, which sets aside billions to update water infrastructure, recycle water, and improve conservation. Photo of the San Joaquin River courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California's water woes are one of the issues facing Golden State voters on Election Day. Voters will decide the fate of Proposition 1, known as the Water Bond, which sets aside billions of dollars to update water infrastructure, recycle water, and improve conservation. Steve ...Read More

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