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After captivity, Nigerian students seek overseas education

Sep. 26, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Emmanuel Benson was planning to get his diploma in horticulture and landscaping from Nigeria’s Federal College of Forestry Mechanization next year. Now, he’s not willing to risk the return to school, after he was kidnapped by bandits with dozens of others earlier...

Woman arrested on suspicion of starting California blaze

Sep. 24, 2021 00:45 AM EDT

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A woman has been arrested on suspicion of starting a Northern California wildfire that spread rapidly, burning homes and prompting evacuation orders Thursday in a rural community, authorities said. Workers at a nearby quarry reported seeing a...

AgCenter: Ida agriculture damage at least $584M in Louisiana

Sep. 23, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hurricane Ida’s winds and floods did at least $584 million in damage to agriculture in Louisiana, experts at the LSU AgCenter estimate. More than half of that — $315.9 million — is timber damage, with another $207 million, or 35% of the...

Group preserves 629 acres of Vermont Appalachian Trail

Sep. 19, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A land conservation group says 629 acres of forest land along the Appalachian Trail through the town of Killington have been protected. The Conservation Fund made the announcement in late August that the land had been conserved in partnership...

US Forest Service hits brakes on Arizona restoration project

Sep. 16, 2021 20:39 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has put the brakes on a effort to thin hundreds of square miles of land in Arizona to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, drawing sharp rebukes from elected officials. The Four Forest Restoration Initiative is the...

Climate change, logging collide -- and a forest shrinks

Sep. 15, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

CUSTER CITY, S.D. (AP) — Looking down a hillside dotted with large stumps and nearly devoid of trees, a pair of retired U.S. Forest Service employees lamented logging policies they helped craft to deal with two harbingers of climate change -- pine beetles and wildfires. ...

US Forest Service OKs Swan Valley forest, habitat plan

Sep. 13, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has given preliminary approval to a plan for road-building, logging and other forest management measures in Montana's Swan Valley with the goal of reducing fire danger and enhancing habitat for several federally protected species, the agency...

Crews in southern Spain face 'complex' wildfire for 5th day

Sep. 13, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Firefighting crews near southern Spain's Costa del Sol were hoping for much-needed rainfall Monday to help them extinguish a major wildfire that has ravaged 7,700 hectares (19,000 acres) in five days and forced the evacuations of 2,600 people. Authorities...

Vulnerable Democrats push for local priorities in budget

Sep. 12, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne of Iowa was slow to get behind a $1 trillion infrastructure bill after the Senate passed it last month. It wasn't the price tag that tripped up the Democrat from a swing House district. It was that none of the money was targeted for a home state...

California fire that burned 142 structures was human-caused

Sep. 10, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

COLFAX, Calif. (AP) — A California wildfire that destroyed 142 structures in the Sierra Nevada last month was human-caused, authorities said Friday, but they did not reveal what led to that conclusion. The River Fire began Aug. 4 in the overnight camping area of the...