Latest Forestry News

New U.S. Forest Service supervisor at Tahoe has local roots

Dec. 02, 2021 13:26 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Forest Service veteran who got his start at Lake Tahoe working as a seasonal range technician while earning his degree at the University of Nevada, Reno has been named the new supervisor of the agency‘s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Erick...

Mexico, US announce plan for aid to Central America

Dec. 01, 2021 17:37 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico announced a joint plan with the United States Wednesday to send development and agricultural aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, to stem the wave of migration from those Central American countries. Mexico had long sought a U.S....

Ducey kick offs holidays with lighting of Capitol tree

Dec. 01, 2021 14:56 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A 25-foot-tall (7.6-meter) white pine installed in state Capitol’s executive tower lobby was lit for the first time Wednesday by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey during a celebration marking the start of the holiday season. The lighting of the Capitol tree is an...

Oral history of deadly Gatlinburg fire going online

Nov. 30, 2021 04:08 AM EST

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — An oral history of a deadly wildfire that began in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and devastated Gatlinburg in 2016 will be easily accessible to the public beginning on Tuesday. That's when Rising from the Ashes: The Chimney Tops 2...

Fire at Pilot Mountain State Park burns hundreds of acres

Nov. 29, 2021 18:51 PM EST

PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — Fire crews in North Carolina are working to control a fire in Pilot Mountain State Park that has already burned hundreds of acres. Meanwhile the N.C. Forest Service announced Monday a ban on all open burning and has canceled all burning...

Lessons learned from the fire that almost destroyed Tahoe

Nov. 28, 2021 04:11 AM EST

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — The devastation starts on the western slope. Many of the cabins that once lined the highway between here and Sacramento are now gone. Instead, brick and stone chimneys stand sentinel, visible through blackened toothpick trees that dot the mountainsides. Gray...

Drought-stressed Oregon trees were scorched in heat wave

Nov. 25, 2021 09:11 AM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — This summer’s heat scorched Oregon trees — maybe worse than ever before — and scientists are beginning to piece together what that means for the trees’ long-term health. Reports of fading foliage and crispy conifers started coming within days...

Plan to cut food waste will send blueberries to food banks

Nov. 24, 2021 10:16 AM EST

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — A Maine nonprofit group is working with blueberry farmers to cut down food waste and provide fruit to food pantries in the state. Healthy Acadia, based in Ellsworth, will work with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to...

Controlled burn plans in works for 3 Utah national forests

Nov. 21, 2021 08:02 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For decades, the U.S. Forest Service’s practice of putting out wildfires was a huge success. But the policy backfired, setting the stage for the massive destructive wildfires that have flared with increasing regularity across the West. While...

Grants to boost Maine potatoes, blueberries, flowers

Nov. 20, 2021 12:46 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Potato Board, a company that wants to expand wild blueberry wine, and a flower collective are among the groups that will receive about a half million dollar in agricultural grants. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and...