Latest Land management News

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. ...

Missouri cave with ancient Native American drawings sold

Sep. 14, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri cave containing Native American artwork from more than 1,000 years ago was sold at auction Tuesday, disappointing leaders of the Osage Nation who hoped to buy the land to “protect and preserve our most sacred site.” A bidder agreed to...

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...

Dominion to partner on solar project in Virginia coalfields

Sep. 13, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A global conservation nonprofit and Virginia's largest electricity utility announced plans Monday to develop what they say will be a large-scale solar project on former surface mines in the southwest Virginia coalfields. Dominion Energy Virginia...

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...

Biden, Dems push Civilian Climate Corps in echo of New Deal

Sep. 09, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inspired by the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps, President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are pushing for a modern counterpart: a Civilian Climate Corps that would create hundreds of thousands of jobs building trails, restoring streams and helping prevent...

Tennessee offering tree seedlings for reforestation

Sep. 09, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's forestry office is now taking orders for tree seedlings for planting throughout the state, The state Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry said it is offering tree and shrub seedlings for reforestation and conservation...

US to reevaluate review of Alaska petroleum reserve

Sep. 08, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is expected to reevaluate a Trump-era environmental review that provided a basis for plans to open an additional roughly 6.8 million acres in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska to oil and gas leasing. A memo...