Latest Forestry News

Firefighters contain blaze that burned 3 buildings in Alaska

May. 26, 2022 20:58 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Firefighters have contained a blaze in the southwest Alaska village of Kasigluk that burned three buildings, including a school building, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Air tankers and smokejumpers responded to the fire, which the division said...

Zalatoris comes close to major moment in PGA playoff loss

May. 22, 2022 20:37 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Will Zalatoris saw nearly every inch of Southern Hills on Sunday as one of the best ball-strikers in golf struggled to harness a series of wayward shots that threatened to take him out of the running at the PGA Championship. The rail-thin kid from Wake Forest...

Priceless seeds, sprouts key to US West's post-fire future

May. 22, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

A New Mexico facility where researchers work to restore forests devastated by fires faced an almost cruelly ironic threat: The largest wildfire burning in the U.S. was fast approaching. Owen Burney and his team knew they had to save what they could. Atop their list was a priceless...

More land added to state forest with endangered bat habitat

May. 20, 2022 04:13 AM EDT

OLIVE HILL, Ky. (AP) — More land has been added to a state forest in eastern Kentucky that has endangered bat habitat, officials said. The 238-acre (96-hectare) parcel known as the McGlone tract will increase the size of the Tygarts State Forest in Carter County to 1,184 acres, a...

Gusty winds fan wildfires in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado

May. 19, 2022 21:56 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than 5,000 firefighters battled multiple wildland blazes in dry, windy weather across the Southwest on Thursday, including a fire that has destroyed dozens of structures in west Texas and another that's picking up steam again in New Mexico. Evacuation...

Biden forest plan stirs dispute over what counts as "old"

May. 19, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's order to protect the nation’s oldest forests against climate change, wildfires and other problems devastating vast woodlands is raising a simple yet vexing question: When does a forest grow old? Millions of acres are potentially on...

Oregon leaders warn of difficult wildfire season; urge prep

May. 16, 2022 18:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon remains poised to see a potentially “challenging” wildfire season this summer, despite a wet and cool spring in much of western Oregon, one of the state’s top fire watchers said Monday. The rain and snow have helped to push back a fire season that...

US Forest Service covers abandoned shaft to protect hikers

May. 13, 2022 14:06 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has put a grate over an abandoned pit mine shaft in North Carolina that had posed a hazard on a popular biking trail. Nicknamed the “sinkhole,” the 30-foot-(9 meters) deep mine shaft is on the Holly Springs Trail in Pisgah National...

Louisiana offers free microchips to identify saddles

May. 07, 2022 10:21 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana is offering free microchips to people who want permanent identification for their saddles. “It's exciting,” said Cliff Williamson, director of regulatory affairs for the American Horse Council, a national equine industry group. Saddle thefts have...

Appeals court nixes $1.1 billion timber award against Oregon

Apr. 27, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday overturned a $1.1 billion verdict against the state over its forest management practices, the latest development in a decades-long dispute over the best use of vast tracts of forestland that cover much of the state's rural areas. ...