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Tree killing beetle found in Maine forests, scientists say

Jan. 18, 2022 16:39 PM EST

YORK COUNTY, Maine (AP) — A Southern pine beetle has found its way to Maine, potentially endangering the ecosystem of the state's forests, scientists say. The beetle was discovered in Waterboro last fall, a long way from its home in the South of the U.S. where it has destroyed...

Seedlings help Louisiana park replace destroyed trees

Jan. 08, 2022 10:33 AM EST

MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) — Donated seedlings and volunteer labor have let a Louisiana state park replace more than 400 of the cypress trees destroyed by hurricanes over the past two years. Volunteers planted the trees Wednesday at Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville, Louisiana...

Flagstaff hotel cancels pine cone drops due to virus threat

Dec. 30, 2021 11:27 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A popular New Year's Eve event normally attended by thousands in shoulder-to-shoulder conditions in downtown Flagstaff has been canceled again due to public health threats from the continuing coronavirus outbreak. The Weatherford Hotel said Wednesday it canceled the...

Restoration project to begin at wildlife management area

Dec. 12, 2021 13:03 PM EST

MILTON, Vt. (AP) — A sandplain restoration project is going to begin at the Sandbar Wildlife Management Area in Milton with a timber harvest, according to the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. The first step of the project, along U.S. Route 2, will be the harvest that will...

Sequoia National Park opens Giant Forest that survived fire

Dec. 10, 2021 22:39 PM EST

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Sequoia National Park will reopen its Giant Forest area on Saturday, three months after a Northern California wildfire prompted extraordinary efforts to protect the grove and destroyed thousands of other redwoods. The Giant Forest will be open...

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...

Ancient juniper trees illegally cut in New Mexico monument

Nov. 30, 2021 13:44 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several dozen ancient alligator juniper trees have been illegally cut down at El Malpais National Monument in western New Mexico and authorities with the National Park Service are trying to find out who's responsible. Known for their unique...

Land Between the Lakes offers free Christmas trees

Nov. 29, 2021 07:07 AM EST

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is offering permits for free cedar Christmas trees. Permits must be obtained online and allow each family to cut one tree through Dec. 24, a statement from the National Forest Service said. Trees...

Mexicans hope for recovery of monarch butterflies

Nov. 28, 2021 16:38 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Communal farmers and butterfly guides are hoping for a rebound in the number of monarch butterflies — and tourists — at their wintering grounds in central Mexico after a bad year for both last year. Experts say it is too early to calculate the...

Rhode Island's governor sets State House tree lighting event

Nov. 28, 2021 08:30 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor is hosting the annual holiday celebration and tree lighting at the State House. Gov. Dan McKee said the festivities will take place at 5 p.m. on Dec. 2 outside, on the south lawn of the State House. The tree will be lit at...