Latest Forests News

Some forest trails remain closed long after 2017 wildfire

Jun. 18, 2018 5:30 PM EDT

IDANHA, Ore. (AP) — Some trails in Oregon's Willamette National Forest remain closed because of damage from a wildfire that scorched the area last year. The Whitewater Trail into the Jefferson Park area remains closed. Other trails, including some in the Fall Creek area near Eugene, also are closed because...

Reservoir offers safe haven for wildlife

Jun. 18, 2018 4:26 PM EDT

NEW SALEM, Mass. (AP) — In 1938, four Massachusetts towns bustled with farmers and factory workers along the Swift River. However, in April of that year, Dana, Enfield, Greenwich and Prescott all would be disincorporated and drowned in the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir. Today, the area is just as...

Rhode Island braces for pine beetle attack

Jun. 18, 2018 12:44 PM EDT

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Environmental officials in Rhode Island are preparing for an attack from a pine-killing beetle. The Providence Journal reports the southern pine beetle has travelled north as the climate warms. Scientists first discovered the species in the state in 2015. The rice-size beetles chew...

State to meet with public in north Maine about forest pest

Jun. 18, 2018 12:08 AM EDT

FRENCHVILLE, Maine (AP) — Maine forestry officials are holding a meeting near the Canadian border to address the discovery of a destructive forest pest in the state. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says the emerald ash borer was discovered recently in Madawaska, less than 200...

5 years after Black Forest fire, danger looms

Jun. 16, 2018 2:06 AM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — When Frances Burke's children were young, one of them carved "I love Mom" into the hearth of her wood-burning fireplace. Thirty-some years ago, her kids all denied chiseling the words into the stone. Now, they all take credit. The message was a permanent fixture in the Burke...

Hundreds of Colorado wildfire evacuees return to homes

Jun. 16, 2018 12:43 AM EDT

Hundreds of Colorado residents who were forced to evacuate from a wildfire were allowed to return home Friday, while crews in Wyoming were encouraged when a fire there moved into less volatile areas. About 1,000 homes remained under evacuation orders in southwest Colorado because of a fire that had blackened 51...

The Latest: Wyoming wildfire prompts public lands closures

Jun. 15, 2018 5:16 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning in the West: (all times local): 3:15 p.m. The U.S. Forest Service has closed about 100 square miles (nearly 260 square kilometers) of public land straddling the Colorado-Wyoming state line because of a wildfire. About 25 square miles (65 square kilometers) of...

New Mexico national forest says no to geothermal drilling

Jun. 15, 2018 3:09 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Underground pockets of boiling water and steam that could have been tapped to produce electricity are now off limits as one national forest in northern New Mexico has said no to the prospect of geothermal development. The decision by the Santa Fe National Forest follows years of...

Colorado wildfire forces nearly 2K evacuations amid drought

Jun. 14, 2018 9:17 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The threat of hot, windy weather and thunderstorms Thursday posed more problems for firefighters battling a Colorado wildfire that has forced residents of more than 1,000 homes to evacuate and led to warnings for others to get ready to leave. The fire 13 miles (43 kilometers) north of Durango...

5-month-old girl mauled, killed by babysitter's dog

Jun. 14, 2018 7:03 PM EDT

FOREST PARK, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia family is in mourning after their babysitter's dog killed their 5-month-old child. Clayton County Police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury says the German Shepherd mauled Paige George on Tuesday at a home in Forest Park, south of Atlanta. WSB-TV reports the family says the dog has been...