Latest Forests News

Feedback sought on plan to manage rural Maine land

Jan. 18, 2019 12:12 AM EST

BINGHAM, Maine (AP) — Maine is looking for the public's feedback about how to better manage tens of thousands of acres of rural land and woods. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Bureau of Parks and Lands is working on the final draft of a management plan about the state's...

Gisele Bundchen fires back in feud with Brazilian Minister

Jan. 17, 2019 4:50 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian supermodel turned environmental activist Gisele Bundchen is pushing back against the agricultural minister in her homeland, along the way wading into a growing debate about the future of the Amazon. The brouhaha began Monday when Minister Tereza Cristina Dias accused...

US shutdown stalls training, other prep for wildfire season

Jan. 17, 2019 4:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year's fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history. The winter months are critical for wildfire managers who use the...

Gladys Porter Zoo in Texas announces rare birds displayed

Jan. 16, 2019 12:42 PM EST

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Two rare endangered tropical birds named Petey and Millie have a new home at a South Texas zoo. Officials with the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville have announced the rhinoceros hornbills are now on display. Officials say it's been 45 years since the zoo had any...

Trapping ban urged for cat-sized forest predators in Montana

Jan. 15, 2019 6:11 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates on Tuesday urged Montana officials to ban trapping along much of the state's border with Idaho to protect an isolated population of cat-sized predators living in old-growth forests. Representatives of five environmental groups said in a petition to Montana wildlife...

APNewsBreak: New pen may allow sale of horses for slaughter

Jan. 15, 2019 6:00 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has built a new corral for wild horses in Northern California, which could allow it to bypass federal restrictions and sell the animals for slaughter. The agency acknowledged in court filings in a potentially precedent-setting legal battle that it built the pen for...

Man accused of shooting pellet gun at bus gets probation

Jan. 15, 2019 8:07 AM EST

FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Forest City man accused of shooting a pellet gun at a school bus has been given five years of probation. The Globe Gazette reports that 33-year-old Martin Tindall also was sentenced last week to five years in prison, suspended, and told to pay $510 restitution to the Forest City...

Suit: Oilfield contamination prevalent in Spanish Lake basin

Jan. 12, 2019 12:05 AM EST

ST. GABRIEL, La. (AP) — Wetland ecologist Scott Nesbit drove down a gravel oil field road in an all-terrain utility vehicle, zipping under a heavy forest canopy toward what he says is the source of it all. Nesbit's target was a shuttered and overgrown former Shell Oil production facility near a...

Forest plan not visible to public due to government shutdown

Jan. 11, 2019 6:07 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The public is unable to view final updates to a northwestern Montana forest management plan due to the federal government shutdown. The Missoulian reports Flathead National Forest Supervisor Chip Weber published the final record of decision of the Forest Land Management Plan and an...

Critically endangered forest antelope born at zoo in Florida

Jan. 9, 2019 8:10 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A critically endangered forest antelope has been born at a zoo in Florida. The Florida Times-Union reports the Eastern bongo weighed 50 pounds (22.7 kilograms) when it was born at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens last month. The zoo says the calf has been cleared to be on exhibit...