Environment

Anchorage residents could face fines under an order from the Anchorage Fire Department banning open outdoor fires until weather conditions improve.

Megan Edge
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is criticizing the proposed route for a road aimed at upgrading access to the southern mouth of the Kenai River, saying a road in the location would encroach on a rich, ecologically sensitive, wetland that hosts spring and fall migrations of geese, ducks and many species of shorebirds.Associated Press
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will consider making the yellow cedar the first Alaska tree to be granted Endangered Species Act protections. The conifer is afflicted by a long-term die-off linked to climate change. Yereth Rosen
Depending on who you ask, a new federal proposal will make Alaska water safer for animals and humans, or it will gut the economy by putting millions of new acres of lakes, wetlands, even wet tundra under the permitting requirements of the Clean Water Act.  Alex DeMarban
After announcing plans in January, President Obama is formally recommending that Congress expand the wilderness designation in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including in the potentially oil-rich coastal plain.Alex DeMarban
As warm temperatures bring breakup to Interior Alaska, crews are scrambling to clean up more than 800 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled when a tractor-trailer overturned on the Dalton Highway near Mile 59 last week.Megan Edge
Far northern lakes have formed, filled and emptied for thousands of years, but this is the first time scientists have observed it with instruments. Ned Rozell
Earthjustice's Holly Harris said that this time an injunction is needed because logging could begin as soon as Wednesday.Pat Forgey
Development on Eklutna Inc. land next to Chugiak’s popular Loretta French park will proceed without a contentious construction and demolition debris landfill.Zaz Hollander
The Pebble Partnership is auctioning off surplus equipment ahead of another season of little to no work at its site north of Iliamna. Hannah Colton | Bristol Bay Times