Latest Forestry News

Overrun national forests prompt action from US Congress

Jun. 20, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A few years ago, the U.S. Forest Service sat down with Eagle County officials and delivered some bad news: The federal agency was short-staffed and would be closing campgrounds in the mountainous county that includes Vail, where outdoor recreation is king. ...

Arizona Legislature passes $100M fire funding plan

Jun. 17, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergency as fires continue to burn across the state. Despite the broad approval — the House vote was 56-2 and the Senate vote was...

Arizona lawmakers advance $100M fire fund in special session

Jun. 16, 2021 20:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature advanced bills Wednesday creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergency after hearing dire warnings from state officials and praise from worried leaders of rural counties and cities amid a brewing fight on the role of climate change in...

Arizona Legislature to hold special wildfire funding session

Jun. 14, 2021 21:10 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature will convene in special session this week to consider adding $100 million in funding for fighting wildfires and to boost the amount of money available to clear hazardous brush and deal with the damage of flooding from fire-ravaged mountains. ...

Maine approves ban on aerial spraying of herbicides in woods

Jun. 14, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature on Monday approved a proposal to ban aerial spraying of some herbicides in the state's forests. The proposal, introduced by Democratic Senate President Troy Jackson, would stop the aerial spraying of glyphosate and other...

Early start to fire season in NE Oregon; two wildfires burn

Jun. 08, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

LA GRANDE, Ore. (AP) — Forest managers in northeast Oregon declared on Tuesday an early start to the 2021 fire season, with conditions resembling those that would be typical for mid-summer, as firefighters were containing two wildfires ignited by lightning in the region. ...

Utah governor calls for reduced water usage amid drought

Jun. 08, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox urged residents and businesses to cut down on their water usage Tuesday to combat the worst drought the state has experienced in decades. Cox, a Republican, said he will issue an executive order directing state agencies in...

Forest Service: Bears stealing backpacks, food in NC trails

Jun. 08, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

ROBBINSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — After recent reports of bears stealing backpacks and food, the U.S. Forest Service is warning hikers and campers to take precautions when visiting a national forest in North Carolina. The agency said in a statement Friday that it has received...

Expert: State hazard tree removal program working

Jun. 08, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An independent forester hired to do a hasty review of the state’s controversial hazard tree removal program has concluded that 96% of the 2,200 trees he recently examined were appropriately marked for removal. He said the program also has the...

Firefighters in Oregon aided by cooler weather

Jun. 07, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters were getting the upper hand Monday on a wildfire burning on the Oregon-Washington border, aided by cooler temperatures and moderating winds, officials said. The Joseph Canyon Fire has scorched 4,000 acres but grew by only 300 acres on...