Latest Forests News

Oregon man leaves $2 million for Montana forest museum

Mar. 29, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — In the midst of a lot of bad news, here’s a nice change of pace: A former forester and forest conservation advocate from Oregon has bequeathed roughly $2 million to shine a light at the end of a long tunnel to an elusive National Conservation Legacy Center in Missoula. Bill...

Arizona forest proposes using fire as tool for restoration

Mar. 28, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

FREDONIA, Ariz. (AP) — Forest officials in northern Arizona have plans to use prescribed fire to help with restoration efforts in an area north of Grand Canyon National Park. The Kaibab National Forest is seeking public comments on a proposed vegetation management project that would span more than 43...

Fire danger level elevated in southwestern New Mexico

Mar. 26, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Forest Service officials say the threat of wildfires is rising in southwestern New Mexico. Gila National Forest officials on Thursday cited strong winds, low humidity and the recent discovery of an abandoned campfire for a decision by fire managers to raise the forest's fire...

Winnebago stops production, paying 5,000 workers for 2 weeks

Mar. 23, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa-based recreational vehicle and boat manufacturer Winnebago Industries said Monday it is ceasing production to protect workers from coronavirus exposure and will adjust production as demand for the company's products is rapidly changing. The company, which employees about 5,000...

Forest Service OKs logging, trails in northwestern Montana

Mar. 19, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has approved a commercial logging and wildfire reduction proposal in northwestern Montana that includes about 25 miles of new recreational trails. It’s aimed in part at reducing wildfire risk by removing timber on about 6 square miles of forest near...

Maine broadens restrictions to curb spread of forest pests

Mar. 19, 2020 2:30 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine forestry officials are broadening restrictions about the movement of some wood and forest products to try to stop the spread of a pair of invasive pests. The new rules are designed to halt the spread of the emerald ash borer and hemlock woolly adelgid. The pests can cause damage...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Mar. 18, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ March 17 The Index-Journal on being kind: At a time when patience and kindness should be at a high point, expect tensions to rise amid the latest news about the coronavirus. These days, and the weeks to come, will serve to test us. They will test our...

A McDonald's restaurant in Chapel Hill, N.C. displays signage informing customers of take-out service only in light of the coronavirus outbreak Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Gov. Roy Cooper earlier today mandated all bars and restaurants in North Carolina close to encourage social distancing. Takeout, delivery and drive-thru options may still be available, depending on the restaurant. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Lt Gov challenges Cooper power on N. Carolina eatery ban

Mar. 17, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's power to demand a dine-in prohibition at North Carolina’s restaurants and bars is being challenged by Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. Cooper announced on Tuesday a new executive order with the new customer restrictions, which he said were a painful...

Grants available for recreation projects in New England

Mar. 15, 2020 8:20 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A forestry organization is offering more than $400,000 in grants for recreation projects in several New England states. The Northern Forest Center will award $424,000 over the next two years for the development of outdoor recreation infrastructure through the Destination Development...

Lake property near city drinking water source conserved

Mar. 11, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

AUBURN, N.H. (AP) — A 77-acre property on Lake Massabesic has been conserved through efforts of the Manchester Water Works and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. The property provides a forested buffer to the lake. The wooded property and nearly 5 acres of wetlands serve to trap...