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PolyMet land swap amendment clears Senate

PolyMet needs the land for its planned copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The company would get 6,650 acres of the Superior National Forest in return for about the same amount of private land. (U.S. Forest Service)MINNEAPOLIS — A bill containing a provision from Sen. Tina Smith to complete a land exchange between PolyMet Mining Corp. and the federal government has…

Officials: Yellowstone superintendent shuffle shouldn’t sidetrack bison quarantine effort

(recreation.gov)BOZEMAN, Mont. — The impending change in Yellowstone National Park superintendents shouldn’t disrupt the progress of a quarantine program created to produce brucellosis-free bison, officials said. The transfer of a group of bull bison to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation later this year should still be on track, Yellowstone bison program manager Tim Reid said. “I think there’s a world…

Big bug draws crowd to central New York

(ccedcny.org)ONONDAGA, N.Y. — Students from Japan and a researcher from New Zealand are among the scientists and hobbyists flocking to central New York for rare sightings of a big bug. The area’s cicada (sih-KAY’-duh) brood emerges once every 17 years. The Post-Standard says the eastern U.S. is one of three places in the world with periodical cicadas. The others are…

Minnesota dog fatally attacked by aggressive deer

Scott Noland, Forest Lake Area wildlife manager for the state DNR, said that residents should keep their dogs on leashes and stay away from deer.SHOREVIEW, Minn. — A routine bathroom break for a miniature poodle turned fatal after an encounter with an aggressive deer in Minnesota. Jill Wilson said she watched in horror as her 14-year-old dog, Pepper, was attacked…

Georgia coast: Where bald eagle nest numbers soar

(Windigo Images)SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) _ Wildlife officials say Chatham County is No. 1 in the state again for the number of bald eagle nests found countywide, with a tally of 27 nests this year. That’s up from 22 last year, also a state high. The Savannah Morning News reports that the next closest county surveyed was McIntosh, with 13 nests….

Pine-killing southern beetle may be more deadly in North

The New Jersey Pinelands are under attack by southern pine beetles. (Photo by USDA NCRS)ALBANY, N.Y. — A beetle that has killed millions of acres of pines in southern forests is munching its way north, and new research suggests its tree-killing prowess could be magnified in cooler climes. Once unheard-of north of Delaware, southern pine beetles have been steadily expanding…

St. Croix riverway marks 50 years

In 1968, efforts to protect the St. Croix led to the passage of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. A documentary called “The Wild and Scenic St. Croix” is commemorating that action and to reinvigorate the commitment that led to the river’s protected status

Study: Ships move non-native species in Great Lakes

MADISON, Wis. — A new study on ballast water discharge has found Great Lakes ships are moving non-native species from the lower lakes to western Lake Superior. The study was conducted by the Great Waters Research Collaborative, which is a project of University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Lake Superior Research Institute, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. Researchers sampled 15 ballast water discharges from…