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Maine asks fall decorators not to use invasive plants

Oct. 24, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine forestry officials are asking residents who want to decorate for the fall to be on the lookout for common invasive plants. The plants are sometimes used in wreaths and garlands and other decorations, according to the Maine Department of...

New program opens carbon market to small forest owners in WV

Oct. 23, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new program enabling owners of small forestlands to prosper from improving forest health while slowing climate change is launching in West Virginia. The Family Forest Carbon Program, which pays family and individual small forest owners to...

Final peak foliage conditions for Maine leaf peepers

Oct. 20, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine leaf peepers have just a few more days to watch the state's annual fall foliage display. Almost all of the state is past peak conditions for fall colors, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry said Wednesday. The...

Project could help needy Mississippi families hold onto land

Oct. 14, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A nonprofit law firm announced a new project Thursday to help low-income Mississippi families hold onto inherited land, an effort that advocates say would build wealth and preserve biological diversity by promoting better forest management. The...

Forest Service seeks to pinpoint Hanging Lake headwaters

Oct. 10, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The fire, floods and massive debris flows of the past year in Glenwood Canyon could help answer an aeons-old question — where exactly does the underground source of water that feeds Hanging Lake begin? The U.S. Forest Service is working...

Kalispell man grows 400 apple varieties in small orchard

Oct. 10, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — This apple is not your everyday supermarket fruit. Its skin is a yellow wash with splashes of carmine down the sides and a streak of russet near the stem, and it hangs boldly juxtaposed against its leafy backdrop. This diminutive fruit is...

Impact of forest thinning on wildfires creates divisions

Oct. 08, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters and numerous studies credit intensive forest thinning projects with helping save communities like those recently threatened near Lake Tahoe in California and Nevada, but dissent from some environmental advocacy groups is roiling the scientific...

4 people hurt by tree in wildfire released from hospital

Oct. 08, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Four people injured when a tree fell on them as they were working inside a Northern California wildfire have been released from the hospital, officials said Friday. One is an employee with the California Department of Forestry and Fire...

Tennessee offers to share costs on improvements by 2 rivers

Oct. 08, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee agriculture officials are offering to share the costs with landowners who are interested in improving the forests and watersheds on their properties near two rivers. The state Department of Agriculture says the Duck and Elk Watershed...

California encourages prescribed burns to counter wildfires

Oct. 06, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is encouraging more use of fire to fight fire, such as when deliberately set burns were recently used to protect giant sequoias from a raging wildfire. But sometimes what are known as prescribed fires themselves spread out of...