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UN reports see a lonelier planet with fewer plants, animals
New United Nations reports see a sicker Earth because of loss of biodiversity, with fewer plants and animals and less food and clean water for people

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American Prairie Reserve requests more bison land in Montana
The American Prairie Reserve has asked for permission from the Bureau of Land Management to expand bison grazing on public lands in Fergus, Petroleum, Phillips, Valley and Chouteau counties
California storm forces flood rescues but spares Montecito
Winter storm warnings were posted across the top of the state and along the Sierra Nevada for heavy snow expected from new weather systems arriving Friday and expected to last through the weekend.
Washington state phases out Atlantic salmon farming
The Washington Fish Growers Association had urged the governor to veto the bill, calling it a drastic measure.
Idaho moves ahead with possible grizzly bear hunting season
About 700 grizzlies live in Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
Sea lions feast on fragile fish in US Northwest survival war
Oregon wildlife managers say sea lions are beginning to move into even smaller tributaries where they had never been seen before and where some of the healthiest stocks of the threatened fish exist.
Klamath Basin suckers released in effort to avoid extinction
Klamath Basin suckers released in effort to avoid extinction
Oregon settles with dairy company over water pollution claim
The state has reached a settlement with a northern Oregon dairy company accused of endangering drinking water by mismanaging manure and wastewater
Forecasters: New round of heavy rain hits California
Many residents in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties have faced repeated evacuations or advisories since December.
Budget deal includes wildfire disaster fund to end borrowing
The Forest Service and Interior Department spent more than $2.7 billion last year fighting fires — the most expensive wildfire season on record.
Zinke Coming To Washington To Talk Grizzly Bear Recovery
Grizzly bear numbers have been drastically reduced in Washington from over-hunting and habitat loss.