Latest Forestry News

New Mexico issues 10-year plan for boosting forest health

Apr. 13, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Restoring forests, using fire as a management tool and getting more buy-in from private land owners are among the strategies outlined in New Mexico’s latest forest action plan. The state Forestry Division released the plan Monday. The federal...

Crews work to contain 2 small wildfires on Rio Chama bosque

Apr. 12, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

ABIQUIU, N.M. (AP) — Crews were working Sunday to fully contain two small wildfires on the Rio Chama bosque near Abiquiu that forced some evacuations of residents. Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s officials said evacuations were lifted Saturday night and the cause of the...

Arizona wildfire destroys 12 homes; 200 people evacuated

Apr. 09, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

DUDLEYVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — A small community in south-central Arizona remained under an evacuation notice Friday after crews and air tankers stopped the growth of a wildfire that burned at least 12 homes, officials said. The fire burned through thick vegetation at the...

Wildfire that evacuated Pinal County town now 20% contained

Apr. 08, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

DUDLEYVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — A wildfire that led to the evacuation of all homes in the small Pinal County town of Dudleyville on Thursday was 20% contained after burning at least 12 structures authorities said. It's unclear how the fire started, but it quickly grew to...

California plans $536M for forests before wildfire season

Apr. 08, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will authorize $536 million toward forest management projects and efforts to reduce wildfires before the worst of the fire season strikes later this year, Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders said Thursday. That more than...

WVa officials seek info about Coopers Rock State Forest fire

Apr. 08, 2021 04:28 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Forestry is seeking information from the public about a wildfire in a state forest last month. The cause of the 30-acre fire in the Clay Run area of Coopers Rock State Forest remains undetermined, the division said...

Lighter winds help contain fire in Theodore Roosevelt Park

Apr. 07, 2021 21:16 PM EDT

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Lighter winds have helped firefighters contain a blaze in North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park to an 8-square-mile area, officials said Wednesday. The fire in the park’s North Unit continues to threaten bison handling facilities,...

West Virginia wildfires double in first 3 months of 2021

Apr. 07, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of wildfires in West Virginia nearly doubled in the first three months of this year compared to the same period of a year ago, forestry officials said. The state reported 312 wildfires and nearly 3,000 acres burned between Jan. 1 and...

Correction: Big Tree-No More story

Apr. 06, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

KENSINGTON, N.H. (AP) — In a story April 5, 2021, about a sugar maple tree being removed, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the manager of American Forests’ National Champion Trees program. It should be Rose Tileston, not Rose Tileson. This story also clarifies that Braxton...

Pest that ruins ash trees found in new parts of Maine

Apr. 04, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

SACO, Maine (AP) — An invasive forest pest that destroys ash trees has been detected in new parts of Maine. The emerald ash borer has destroyed tens of millions of trees in the U.S. and Canada. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said ash...