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More land added to state forest with endangered bat habitat

May. 20, 2022 04:13 AM EDT

OLIVE HILL, Ky. (AP) — More land has been added to a state forest in eastern Kentucky that has endangered bat habitat, officials said. The 238-acre (96-hectare) parcel known as the McGlone tract will increase the size of the Tygarts State Forest in Carter County to 1,184 acres, a...

Gusty winds fan wildfires in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado

May. 19, 2022 21:56 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than 5,000 firefighters battled multiple wildland blazes in dry, windy weather across the Southwest on Thursday, including a fire that has destroyed dozens of structures in west Texas and another that's picking up steam again in New Mexico. Evacuation...

Biden forest plan stirs dispute over what counts as "old"

May. 19, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's order to protect the nation’s oldest forests against climate change, wildfires and other problems devastating vast woodlands is raising a simple yet vexing question: When does a forest grow old? Millions of acres are potentially on...

Oregon leaders warn of difficult wildfire season; urge prep

May. 16, 2022 18:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon remains poised to see a potentially “challenging” wildfire season this summer, despite a wet and cool spring in much of western Oregon, one of the state’s top fire watchers said Monday. The rain and snow have helped to push back a fire season that...

US Forest Service covers abandoned shaft to protect hikers

May. 13, 2022 14:06 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has put a grate over an abandoned pit mine shaft in North Carolina that had posed a hazard on a popular biking trail. Nicknamed the “sinkhole,” the 30-foot-(9 meters) deep mine shaft is on the Holly Springs Trail in Pisgah National...

Louisiana offers free microchips to identify saddles

May. 07, 2022 10:21 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana is offering free microchips to people who want permanent identification for their saddles. “It's exciting,” said Cliff Williamson, director of regulatory affairs for the American Horse Council, a national equine industry group. Saddle thefts have...

Appeals court nixes $1.1 billion timber award against Oregon

Apr. 27, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday overturned a $1.1 billion verdict against the state over its forest management practices, the latest development in a decades-long dispute over the best use of vast tracts of forestland that cover much of the state's rural areas. ...

Sabor announces secretary of state campaign

Apr. 22, 2022 15:14 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Democratic Party of Dane County's chairwoman announced Friday that she's officially entering the race for secretary of state. Alexia Sabor's decision sets up a primary against incumbent Democrat Doug La Follette, who has held the office since 1982. ...

Law creates 8-county group for Tallahatchie River projects

Apr. 16, 2022 11:04 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is creating a group to promote economic development and other projects in areas crossed by the Tallahatchie and Little Tallahatchie rivers. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves on Thursday signed House Bill 1323, which becomes law July 1. The...

Master plan for park includes adventure trail, golf course

Apr. 13, 2022 09:59 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Plans for a state park in Mississippi include an adventure trail and a bridge that would connect four museums. The details were included in a master plan announced Tuesday for LeFleur’s Bluff in Jackson, WAPT-TV reported. Plans also call for...