Latest Forests 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...

Expanded trail access proposed for electric bikes at Tahoe

Apr. 13, 2021 01:46 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is proposing a five-fold increase in the number of miles of trails open to certain electric bikes in the forests surrounding Lake Tahoe. The proposal by the service’s Lake Basin Management Unit covering parts of six counties...

Ghost forests are creeping along NC’s coast

Apr. 12, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

EAST LAKE, N.C. (AP) — Dead. Pale. Devoid of limbs. No, not the stars of horror stories, but families of trees sprawled across America’s East Coast that are being swallowed by swarms of salty ocean water. Scientists call them “ghost forests”...

Officials: Forest fires burn nearly 500 acres at state park

Apr. 09, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

OHIOPYLE, Pa. (AP) — Two forest fires at a state park in western Pennsylvania burned nearly 500 acres of woodlands before they were extinguished early Friday. The fires broke out Thursday at opposite ends of Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County. A...

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...

Vandals mar ancient petroglyphs in north Georgia mountains

Apr. 08, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Federal authorities are searching for vandals who damaged ancient petroglyphs in the north Georgia mountains — sacred rock carvings that date back thousands of years. Archaeologist Johannes Loubser discovered the vandalism on March 26 and reported...

Suburban Chicago cop, driver injured during shootout

Apr. 08, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

FOREST PARK, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago police officer was one of two people who suffered gunshot wounds when a motorist who was pulled over for a traffic stop jumped out of his vehicle and opened fire, authorities said. David Powers, a spokesman for the Oak Park...

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...

More than 5,000 people go to illegal party in Arizona forest

Apr. 07, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — More than 5,000 people gathered last weekend in the Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix for an illegal party that was broken up by U.S. Forest Service personnel, according to authorities. The Tonto National Forest requires a permit application to...

Wildfire in Theodore Roosevelt National Park triples in size

Apr. 05, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Firefighters worked Monday to further contain a wildfire in Theodore Roosevelt National Park that tripled in size on Easter, according to the North Dakota Forest Service. Crews worked through the night in the park's North Unit, where the fire...