Latest Forests News

Indigenous groups, activists resist Congo's oil block plan

Sep. 28, 2022 20:13 PM EDT

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — The auctioning of oil and gas blocks in Congo has stirred resistance and concern among local Indigenous communities worried about damage to their homes and large swaths of forest, according to a report released Thursday by several environmental groups. In...

Temporary WVa bridge installation starts next week

Sep. 28, 2022 04:08 AM EDT

PARSONS, W.Va. (AP) — Installation of a temporary replacement for a West Virginia bridge that was closed for safety reasons is expected to start next week, the state Department of Transportation said. The Laneville Bridge provides access to the community of Laneville in Parsons...

Alaska landslide damages 3 homes, 'squishes' pickup

Sep. 27, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A landslide triggered by record rainfall significantly damaged three homes, prompted the evacuation of about a dozen residents and caused power outages in downtown Juneau, Alaska’s capital city. Geological assessment teams determined Tuesday that...

Forest service seizes PG&E equipment as part of fire probe

Sep. 26, 2022 16:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal investigators have taken possession of a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. utility transmission pole and attached equipment in a criminal probe into what started a Northern California fire that has become the largest in the state this year, the utility said in a regulatory...

Names of victims in suburban Chicago shooting released

Sep. 24, 2022 10:41 AM EDT

OAK FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The names of three people found shot outside a suburban Chicago home and the man believed to have killed them before fatally shooting himself have been released. They were identified Friday by the Cook County medical examiner's office as Carlos Gomez, 44;...

4 die in domestic disturbance where house caught fire

Sep. 23, 2022 15:01 PM EDT

OAK FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Police in suburban Chicago responding to a domestic incident early Friday found three gunshot victims who were mortally wounded outside a house and later the body of another person believed to have shot them inside the home a short time later. In a news...

Tribes seek more details on water use at Arizona copper mine

Sep. 21, 2022 15:45 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An environmental review for a proposed copper mine in eastern Arizona did not adequately analyze the potential impacts of climate change and the strain that drought and demand have put on water resources in the region, a U.S. Bureau of Land Management report has found. ...

Oregon high court declines appeal in $1 billion timber suit

Sep. 17, 2022 12:22 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from 13 counties in a long-running $1 billion lawsuit over timber revenue and what constitutes “the greatest permanent value” when it comes to forest management. The denial ends a six-year legal...

USDA to fund push to store carbon in New England forests

Sep. 15, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding a major push to try to store more carbon in New England's forests. The agency said Wednesday that the New England Climate-Smart Forest Partnership Project will include large commercial producers as well as small...

Major wildfire in southwestern France no longer spreading

Sep. 15, 2022 06:37 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A major wildfire that ravaged forests in southwestern France stopped spreading Thursday, according to local authorities. The prefecture of the Gironde region said the wildfire has burned more than 37 square kilometers (14 square miles) since Monday, leading to the...