Latest Forests News

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...

Moth outbreak stresses trees in New Mexico forests

Sep. 14, 2022 12:52 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An insect outbreak is believed to be causing conifer stands in some central New Mexico forests to lose their needles, further stressing trees amid an ongoing drought. Officials with the Cibola National Forest said Wednesday that Douglas fir, white fir and...

EU lawmakers support ban of goods linked to deforestation

Sep. 13, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers have backed a proposal for a law that would ban the sale in the 27-nation bloc of agriculture products linked to the destruction of forests. MEPs gathered on Tuesday in Strasbourg, France, supported and strengthened a plan from the EU's...

Rains, mudslides prompt Southern California evacuations

Sep. 13, 2022 02:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Heavy rains Monday unleashed mudslides in a mountain area east of Los Angeles that burned two years ago, sending boulders and other debris across roads and prompting evacuation and shelter-in-place orders for thousands of residents. Firefighters went street by...

With forests abound, Africa looks to grow its carbon market

Sep. 10, 2022 03:37 AM EDT

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — In villages dotted across the African continent, locals living in once-heavily forested regions are starting to find their land in high demand. In Kenya's Gazi Bay, arguably the continent's most famous mangrove restoration project, thousands of trees have...