Land conservation plan stirs fight over Trump restrictions


An alligator prowls the waters in the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida. Federal officials plan to purchase private property within the preserve to provide more wildlife habitat and access to hunting and fishing. 

In this July 30, 2014, photo is Margerie Glacier, one of many glaciers that make up Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park. U.S. officials on Friday released details on proposed land conservation purchases for the coming year amid bipartisan objection to restrictions on how the government’s money can be spent. 

By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press

Proposed land conservation purchases in dozens of states would preserve more natural areas within tourist destinations, U.S. officials announced Friday, as lawmakers from both parties pushed back on Trump administration restrictions on how the money can be spent.

The $125 million in congressionally-authorized spending would buy up private

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