Latest Forestry News

Fire at Pilot Mountain State Park burns hundreds of acres

Nov. 29, 2021 18:51 PM EST

PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — Fire crews in North Carolina are working to control a fire in Pilot Mountain State Park that has already burned hundreds of acres. Meanwhile the N.C. Forest Service announced Monday a ban on all open burning and has canceled all burning...

Lessons learned from the fire that almost destroyed Tahoe

Nov. 28, 2021 04:11 AM EST

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — The devastation starts on the western slope. Many of the cabins that once lined the highway between here and Sacramento are now gone. Instead, brick and stone chimneys stand sentinel, visible through blackened toothpick trees that dot the mountainsides. Gray...

Drought-stressed Oregon trees were scorched in heat wave

Nov. 25, 2021 09:11 AM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — This summer’s heat scorched Oregon trees — maybe worse than ever before — and scientists are beginning to piece together what that means for the trees’ long-term health. Reports of fading foliage and crispy conifers started coming within days...

Plan to cut food waste will send blueberries to food banks

Nov. 24, 2021 10:16 AM EST

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — A Maine nonprofit group is working with blueberry farmers to cut down food waste and provide fruit to food pantries in the state. Healthy Acadia, based in Ellsworth, will work with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to...

Controlled burn plans in works for 3 Utah national forests

Nov. 21, 2021 08:02 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For decades, the U.S. Forest Service’s practice of putting out wildfires was a huge success. But the policy backfired, setting the stage for the massive destructive wildfires that have flared with increasing regularity across the West. While...

Grants to boost Maine potatoes, blueberries, flowers

Nov. 20, 2021 12:46 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Potato Board, a company that wants to expand wild blueberry wine, and a flower collective are among the groups that will receive about a half million dollar in agricultural grants. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and...

Chief of California's wildland firefighting agency to retire

Nov. 15, 2021 17:07 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The chief of California’s forestry and wildland firefighting agency announced Monday that he will retire next month after shepherding the state through three historic wildfire seasons, the most recent of which saw two massive blazes span the Sierra Nevada for the...

US Forest Service urges hunter safety in National Forest

Nov. 13, 2021 12:44 PM EST

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is urging Vermont hunters to be careful during this year’s rifle deer hunting season that began Saturday. Vermont's white-tailed deer rifle hunt in Vermont is a lifelong tradition for many Vermonters. ...

Maine to expand mental health help for farmers

Nov. 12, 2021 01:48 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is using a federal grant to try to help the state's farmers deal with stress. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given the state $500,000 toward the effort. Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Amanda...

Wildfire hits rugged, remote area of North Carolina

Nov. 10, 2021 08:24 AM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — State and local firefighters are trying to get control of a wildfire in a rugged and remote area of North Carolina, officials said. Dakota Paris, a forester for the N.C. Forest Service, said the fire at the southern tip of Sauratown Mountain...