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    As President Joe Biden put a temporary halt on Trump administration border wall construction, landowners are now in limbo on having their border property seized by eminent domain, The Wall Street Journal reported. Bidens White House is weighing a permanent end to border wall construction, as only 450 miles of the 741 miles of 30-foot steel fencing has been completely by the Trump administration. "Were happy with the pause, but we just dont know whats going to happen," Reynaldo Anzaldua, who has been helping his cousin fight the property loss, told the Journal. One developer Paul Daniec fought the eminent domain order in court, settling for $69,000 that was paid on the day Biden was inaugurated, per the Journal. "I went to cash that thing as fast as possible, in case Biden wanted it back," Daniec told the Journal. "The eyesore wall didnt get built. I can go build my...
    New York : The straight tequila shots, clean, are commonly served in a rocking horse. The name of caballito as the tequila glass is called, has its origin in the 19th century, in the way of drinking tequila during the time of the landowners in Mexico. According to the Academia Mexicana del Tequila, the landowners who had possession of agave lands supervised the work of the field by riding on horseback. They had two “gourds” with them, in one there was water and in the other tequila. When they drank their tequila they did not do it directly from the gourd as might be thought, they served it in a receptacle that they used to wear around their neck. The “horse” was not made of glass To drink the tequila in one fell swoop, the landowners they were served on a cut and hollowed bovine horn. When asked the...
    Turtle dove numbers have plummeted by 98 per cent since the 1970s – Getty Images Contributor/ Mike Powles The first pilot scheme for the post-Brexit farm subsidy plans will involve paying farmers to take care of turtle doves. The government is looking to trial ‘reverse auction’ schemes, where farms bid to receive funding, showing how they would protect a particular species on their land. A new scheme for farmers in East Anglia means the winning bidders will have access to £320,000 to save the bird, which has faced a 98 per cent decline since the 1970s. The last population estimate in 2016 suggested there were just 3,600 breeding pairs in the UK, with East Anglia being one of the species’ few remaining strongholds. Now we have left the EU, the original subsidy scheme, which paid farms a flat sum based on how much land they had, will be gradually...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The developers of the now-canceled Atlantic Coast Pipeline have laid out plans for how they want to go about unwinding the work that was done for the multistate natural gas project and restoring disturbed land. In a filing with federal regulators made public Tuesday, the pipeline company proposed an approximately two-year timeline for efforts across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, where progress on the project ranged from uninitiated to essentially complete. The plan outlines where the company wants to clean up felled trees and where it plans to leave them behind, and it proposes abandoning the approximately 31 miles (50 kilometers) of pipe that was installed in place. “We spent the last several months working really closely with landowners and agencies to develop the most responsible approach for closing out the project,” said Aaron Ruby, an employee of lead developer Dominion Energy who has served...
    By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The developers of the now-canceled Atlantic Coast Pipeline have laid out plans for how they want to go about unwinding the work that was done for the multistate natural gas project and restoring disturbed land. In a filing with federal regulators made public Tuesday, the pipeline company proposed an approximately two-year timeline for efforts across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, where progress on the project ranged from uninitiated to essentially complete. The plan outlines where the company wants to clean up felled trees and where it plans to leave them behind, and it proposes abandoning the approximately 31 miles (50 kilometers) of pipe that was installed in place. “We spent the last several months working really closely with landowners and agencies to develop the most responsible approach for closing out the project,” said Aaron Ruby, an employee of lead developer...
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The federal government must pay some landowners along the lower Missouri River for flooding damage caused by changes the Army Corps of Engineers made to the river to protect endangered species, a judge has ruled. The ruling this week by Senior Judge Nancy Firestone, with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, could cost the government millions of dollars and increase the cost of protecting endangered species, The Omaha World-Herald reported. “This is a big deal,” said Anthony Schutz, an associate law professor at the University of Nebraska. “The potential liability could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars depending upon how many people are included.” The ruling affects land along the river from Sioux City, Iowa, to St. Louis, although not all landowners will qualify for compensation and not all flood-related damages will be covered. Firestone ruled that the Corps caused increased flooding by changing...
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The federal government must pay some landowners along the lower Missouri River for flooding damage caused by changes the Army Corps of Engineers made to the river to protect endangered species, a judge has ruled. The ruling this week by Senior Judge Nancy Firestone, with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, could cost the government millions of dollars and increase the cost of protecting endangered species, The Omaha World-Herald reported. “This is a big deal,” said Anthony Schutz, an associate law professor at the University of Nebraska. “The potential liability could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars depending upon how many people are included.” The ruling affects land along the river from Sioux City, Iowa, to St. Louis, although not all landowners will qualify for compensation and not all flood-related damages will be covered. Firestone ruled that the Corps caused increased flooding by...
    By Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune LISBON VALLEY, Utah (AP) — When Mike Wilcox was a young man in the mid-1970s, he took a job at the Keystone-Wallace copper mine and mill near his home in Lisbon Valley, Utah. Some days, Wilcox went down in the open pit and dug a series of deep holes that were each loaded with 100 pounds of explosives. “We’d wire them all together and get way back on the road,” he recalled to the Salt Lake Tribune. “Then somebody would touch that puppy off. It was a wild deal … that whole mountain changed every time you done a shot. You couldn’t believe you was in the same place. Boy, it was scary.” The mine operated for five or six years, Wilcox said, but he only lasted two weeks on the job. Instead, he returned to the profession that has sustained six generations...
    The Trump administration acquired at least 135 tracts of private land to build barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border and planned to seize a total of 5,275 acres to fulfill President Trump's campaign pledge, according to a government watchdog report obtained by CBS News. A study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress' independent investigative arm, found that the Trump administration had secured the 135 sections of private land along the southern border as of July by reaching agreements with the owners or taking them to court and seizing their property. Officials planned to acquire another 991 tracts, most of them in south Texas, according to the report. Between January 2017 and August 2020, the Justice Department filed 109 lawsuits against landowners to access their property or seize it permanently, GAO said. The owners of the 285 acres that the government has taken outright without an agreement have been offered between...
    HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii island group has launched an effort to reduce the number of feral rabbits, which the campaigners say are wreaking havoc on yards and burrowing under homes. The Big Island Invasive Species Committee has asked for reports from residents who have seen the wild bunnies, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Monday. Committee Manager Springer Kaye said there are at least three but probably four established feral rabbit populations in Kona and Waimea. “Escaped rabbits have been a problem for as long as people have been bringing rabbits into Hawaii, whether it’s for pets or for meat,” Kaye said. The organization does not know exactly where the rabbits came from but said they are probably escaped pets or escaped from breeding hutches. Hawaii has strict laws regarding rabbit containment because they can be a menace to farmers and gardeners. Rabbits compete for forage, can decimate pastures and...
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is seeking private landowners who are interested in improving wildlife habitat on their land. Through partnerships with private landholders the state hopes to address shrinking populations of priority wildlife species, including the cerulean warbler, the golden-winged warbler and multiple insect pollinators, according to a news release from DNR. These species need a variety of habitats, including meadows, shrubby thickets, groves of young saplings and mature forests. Professional biologists, foresters and conservation planners are available to develop individualized conservation plans. Participating partners include federal and state agencies and private groups like the National Wild Turkey Federation. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: West Virginia, Associated Press
    McALLEN, Texas -- Federal officials planned to celebrate a milestone Thursday along the U.S.-Mexico border, calling the completion of 400 miles of a new wall system historic.Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott and Customs and Border Protection leaders gathered in McAllen to mark the occasion."They said it couldn't be done... They tried to block it - They tried to spin it - They tried to hide the truth," Wolf tweeted Thursday morning. They said it couldn’t be done…They tried to block itThey tried to spin itThey tried to hide the truthThey were wrong. 400 times and counting. pic.twitter.com/MWWP4cgoPi— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) October 29, 2020RELATED: Private border fence built too close to Rio Grande, engineers sayThe ceremony comes amid news that the Trump Administration had filed 75 lawsuits in the last six months to seize private land along the U.S.-Mexico border for the...
    SOUTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) — According to data reviewed by the Texas Civil Rights Project, while the coronavirus pandemic gripped the nation the Trump administration spent the last six months filing 75 lawsuits to seize private land along the US-Mexico border for the border wall. As Election Day nears, President Donald Trump, along with senior administration officials, have cited the border wall as a cornerstone accomplishment of his first term. “Under my leadership, we achieved the most secure border in US history,” Trump said at a rally in Arizona Wednesday. “We built almost 400 miles.” But on the other side of that effort is thousands of Texas residents juggling legal challenges and the pandemic. “People right now are having to choose between their health and their homes,” said Ricky Garza, a staff attorney at the Texas Civil Rights Project, a legal advocacy group, which is currently representing landowners in eight land...
    (CNN)Within the last six months, as the coronavirus pandemic gripped the US, the Trump administration filed 75 lawsuits to seize private land along the US-Mexico border for the border wall, according to data reviewed by CNN from the Texas Civil Rights Project.In the final days of the presidential election, President Donald Trump, along with senior administration officials, have cited the border wall as a cornerstone accomplishment of his first term. "Under my leadership, we achieved the most secure border in US history," Trump said at a rally in Arizona Wednesday. "We built almost 400 miles." But on the other side of that effort is thousands of Texas residents juggling legal challenges and the pandemic. "People right now are having to choose between their health and their homes," said Ricky Garza, a staff attorney at the Texas Civil Rights Project, a legal advocacy group, which is currently representing landowners in eight...
    By JOHN MCCOY, The Charleston Gazette-Mail IRELAND, W.Va. (AP) — At age 79, John Cobb doesn’t have to spend six to eight hours a day working to improve wildlife habitat. He does, though, because he wants to. Like an ever-growing number of West Virginians, Cobb participates in a program that reimburses private landowners for turning patches of dense forest into places more attractive to migratory birds and other wildlife species. “It’s good for my mind, it’s good for my body,” said Cobb, a Maryland native who purchased 365 heavily forested acres of Mountain State countryside in 2006 and built a home there. “It allows me to be productive and to have a sense of purpose in my retirement.” None of that was on Cobb’s mind when he bought the land. His most immediate priority was to chainsaw a path through the forest to gain access to his future home site....
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Mountain Valley Pipeline has another two years to finish a natural gas pipeline. The Roanoke Times reports that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission also lifted a stop-work order for all but a 25-mile segment of the interstate transmission line that includes the Jefferson National Forest and adjacent land. While acknowledging problems with erosion and sedimentation during the first two years of construction, FERC found that allowing the pipeline to be completed is best for both the environment and the public. In a 2-1 decision, the commission wrote that the presence of equipment, personnel, and partially completed construction is disruptive to landowners. Commissioners say proceeding to final restoration "is in the best interest of these landowners and the environment.” In a dissent, Commissioner Richard Glick wrote that lifting the stop-work order is “plowing ahead with construction in the face of uncertainty.” The 303-mile pipeline will take 2...
    No administration in history has recovered more imperiled species in their first term than the Trump administration. This may come as a surprise to some given the lack of media attention on these success stories, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (aka the Service) and its other public and private partners have prioritized and been dedicated to conserving and recovering imperiled species at a record rate. Since 2017, eleven species have fully recovered, no longer being listed on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) list, and another six species have been downlisted from endangered to threatened. INTERIOR SECRETARY BERNHARDT: WHY TRUMP'S GREAT AMERICAN OUTDOORS ACT IS A GENERATIONAL WIN FOR CONSERVATION The Service is nearing final determinations for more than a dozen other species to be de-listed or downlisted. Manatee, Crystal River NWR (Keith Ramos, USFWS) To provide context for this in looking at other administrations in their first...
    By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's most populous state said on Tuesday it will compel owners to clear their land of flammable material as it endorsed 76 recommendations from an enquiry into deadly bushfires. Fires razed more than 11 million hectares (37 million acres) of bushland across Australia's southeast early this year, killing at least 33 people and billions of native animals, a disaster that Prime Minister Scott Morrison called Australia's "black summer". Amid public anger, the federal and state governments commissioned independent enquiries. New South Wales (NSW), which recorded the highest death toll from the fires at 25, on Tuesday became the first to release findings. Its Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the state government had accepted all recommendations. Among recommendations, the state will require landowners to clear or burn flammable material - usually dried brush and dead leaves - for firefighters to be...
    TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said state lawmakers will no longer be given the title “freeholder.” “We are committed to forever ridding from this state, long past overdue, the word ‘freeholder,” said Murphy at his daily briefing Friday. “It is high time this name went into the dustbin of history.” The governor tweeted Thursday the state would phase out the word, which was “coined when only white male landowners could hold office.” As our nation tears down symbols of injustice, let us tear down words born from racism. Proud to stand with @NJSenatePres and @SpeakerCoughlin to phase out the word "freeholder" – coined when only white male landowners could hold office. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/ZxbP4yQHQB — Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) July 9, 2020 Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone released a statement Friday morning that said, in part: “The announcement that the State has decided to...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia agriculture officials are asking landowners to register for a program to help slow the spread of gypsy moths. Application forms are available online and are being taken through Aug. 31. The forms require a nonrefundable survey deposit of $1 per acre and will be applied toward payment for treatment if the landowner qualifies. The agriculture department said a forest health protection specialist will determine whether the level of infestation meets guidelines. A contract to participate must be signed by early December. At least 50 contiguous acres of wooded land is required to participate. Adjoining landowners may combine properties to meet the requirement. Plant Industries Assistant Director Butch Sayers said gypsy moths feed on hundreds of species of trees and shrubs, including West Virginia hardwoods. Affected trees can become more susceptible to other pests and diseases. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material...
    Landowners in South Texas are launching another front in their battle against President Trump’s efforts to build a wall on the Texas-Mexico border. And this time, they’re using the president’s own words against him. In a federal lawsuit filed Monday in Laredo, Zapata County and two border landowners are alleging that the construction of the barrier is driven by little more than racism and politics and is therefore unconstitutional. “The action of the government is based on animus toward a group and that’s unconstitutional, you can’t make policy in governmental action based on animus toward a group,” said attorney Carlos Flores. "This is something that hasn’t really been brought up before" as a tool to fight the wall, Flores said. Flores filed suit on behalf of Zapata County, Laredoan Melissa Cigarroa, who owns an interest in more than 170 acres of land in Zapata County, and Zapata County resident George...
    HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — A landowners' association in Vermont wants to use a new herbicide to help control an invasive aquatic plant in a man-made lake but town officials have concerns about the proposed chemical treatment. The Quechee Lakes Landowners Association in Hartford filed an application with the state this spring to use ProcellaCOR to stop the spread of Eurasian watermilfoil in Lake Pinneo, The Valley News reported. Quechee Lakes is comprised of homes and two golf courses, tennis courts and swimming pool near the New Hampshire state line. Ken Lallier, the Quechee Club's property manager, said it would take one day to apply the herbicide and that it poses no threat to other plants or swimmers. The association has tried other methods of controlling the weeds, including having divers pull them out by hand but said “it's way beyond that now." “If we do nothing to Lake Pinneo, the...
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