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FILE - This June 15, 2015, file photo shows in the distance, part of the Resolution Copper Mining land-swap project in Superior, Ariz. A group of Apaches who have tried for years to reverse a land swap in Arizona that will make way for one of the largest and deepest copper mines in the U.S. sued the federal government Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Apache Stronghold argues in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona that the U.S. Forest Service cannot legally transfer land to international mining company Rio Tinto in exchange for eight parcels the company owns around Arizona. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Apaches object to Forest Service review of huge copper mine

Jan. 15, 2021 5:36 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service released an environmental review Friday that paves the way for the creation of one of the largest copper mines in the United States, against the wishes of a group of Apaches who have been trying for years to stop the project. The Forest Service now has 60...

FILE - In this May 8, 2003, file photo, a Northern Spotted Owl flies after an elusive mouse jumping off the end of a stick in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore. The Trump administration has slashed more than 3 million acres of protected habitat for the northern spotted owl in Oregon, Washington and northern California, much of it in prime timber locations in Oregon's coastal ranges. Environmentalists are accusing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under President Donald Trump of taking a

Trump administration slashes imperiled spotted owls' habitat

Jan. 14, 2021 1:27 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday that it would slash millions of acres of protected habitat designated for the imperiled northern spotted owl in Oregon, Washington state and Northern California, much of it in prime timber locations in Oregon’s coastal ranges....

Maine to revamp vaccine priority as virus cases surge

Jan. 13, 2021 2:43 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The number of COVID-19 infections continues to soar in Maine, reaching a new daily record on Wednesday, as the state made plans to update its vaccine plan to prioritize older residents. The daily number of confirmed infections reported by the Maine Center for Disease Control grew to...

Forest Service announces free dates in 2021

Jan. 13, 2021 4:51 AM EST

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — The Daniel Boone National Forest has announced that it will waive fees on several dates in 2021. Fees will be waived at most recreation areas and day-use sites as well as some campgrounds, the Forest Service said in a statement. The dates include Jan. 18 in observance of Martin...

Illinois, US team up to manage, sustain vast forest lands

Jan. 9, 2021 11:05 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal and state land managers have signed an agreement to cooperate on caring for vast forest lands in Illinois. The agreement signed this past week was between the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service. It establishes a...

Maine virus-related deaths, infections soar to a new high

Jan. 8, 2021 4:33 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The number of new COVID-19 infections and deaths soared to new heights during a surge of the coronavirus across the state, officials said Friday. The Maine Center for Disease Control reported 41 deaths and 782 infections, both daily records in the state. The rolling 14-day daily...

Maine to continue combating pest despite feds deregulation

Jan. 7, 2021 12:53 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine forestry officials will continue to monitor for an invasive forest pest in the state despite new guidance from the federal government. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has long made efforts to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer, which is...

Kenai Peninsula one of Alaska's top areas for virus relief

Jan. 7, 2021 9:28 AM EST

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The Kenai Peninsula Borough received more state and municipal coronavirus relief funds than almost anywhere else in Alaska, a new report said. An analysis by the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District found the area in southern Alaska received just under $50 million, the...

Minnesota offering more cash for black spruce seed

Jan. 1, 2021 1:33 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s black spruce seed supply is low, prompting the state Department of Natural Resources to offer more money to people to collect them to meet spring orders for reforesting. The Star Tribune reports the state is paying $85 a bushel, up from $70 last year. The DNR’s...

This photo provided by The Nature Conservancy shows a prescribed fire sweeping through longleaf pines in 2019 at The Nature Conservancy's Calloway Preserve near Fort Bragg, N.C.  An intensive effort in nine coastal states from Virginia to Texas is bringing back longleaf pines -- armor-plated trees that bear footlong needles and need regular fires to spark their seedlings’ growth and to support wildly diverse grasslands that include carnivorous plants and harbor burrowing tortoises.  (Margaret Fields/The Nature Conservancy via AP)

Restoring longleaf pines, keystone of once vast ecosystems

Dec. 30, 2020 10:36 AM EST

DESOTO NATIONAL FOREST, Miss. (AP) — When European settlers came to North America, fire-dependent savannas anchored by lofty pines with footlong needles covered much of what became the southern United States. Yet by the 1990s, logging and clear-cutting for farms and development had all but eliminated...