Latest Forests News

Forest Service seeks private partner for Pactola center

Oct. 20, 2018 2:28 PM EDT

HILL CITY, S.D. (AP) — Black Hills National Forest administrators are looking for someone to take over management of the Pactola Visitor Center and operate it as a business. The Forest Service would continue to own the facility and would keep an employee on site to provide visitor information and other...

Judge OKs logging project in Umpqua National Forest

Oct. 20, 2018 12:53 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request by environmental groups to halt a 500-acre (200-hectare) logging project in western Oregon. The Capital Press reports in a story on Thursday that U.S. District Judge Michael McShane denied the request for a preliminary injunction of the logging...

The Latest: Body identified as missing 79-year-old woman

Oct. 19, 2018 4:45 PM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Officials have confirmed the death of a 79-year-old Florida woman who has been missing since Hurricane Michael left her Mexico Beach home in rubble. The Bay County medical examiner's office confirmed Friday that Aggie...

Forest Service lifts some closures from wildfires near Provo

Oct. 19, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has lifted several closures in northern Utah more than a month ago after wildfires swept through the area. The Daily Herald in Provo reported Thursday that roads and trails north of U.S. Highway 6 are open and areas such as Diamond Fork in Spanish Fork Canyon....

Handicapped-accessible trail opened in rare forest

Oct. 18, 2018 12:13 PM EDT

OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) — A nonprofit environmental organization has opened a handicapped-accessible trail in a rare New Hampshire forest. New Hampshire Public Radio reports the Nature Conservancy unveiled the Ossipee Pine Barrens path Thursday. Nature Conservancy spokesman Jim O'Brien says the trail is covered...

Tonto National Forest to offer Christmas tree permits

Oct. 18, 2018 1:36 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Families who want to travel to Arizona's high country to cut their own Christmas tree this holiday season can buy a permit from Tonto National Forest starting next month. The permits will be available beginning Nov. 13 at forest offices in Phoenix, Mesa, Payson and Cave Creek. The permits...

Officials install new pay phone in town lacking cell service

Oct. 16, 2018 1:00 AM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service and Snohomish County have installed a new pay phone in a scenic area of Washington state where cellphone service is unreliable. The Daily Herald reports Frontier Communications announced plans last year that it would remove its pay phone in Verlot, alarming...

Authorities investigating deaths of 2 wild horses in Arizona

Oct. 15, 2018 3:57 PM EDT

HEBER, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the deaths of two wild horses in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in northern Arizona. The Heber Wild Horse group says two stallions were found dead Saturday along Forest Service Road 50 and had gunshot wounds. The Navajo County Sheriff's Department...

Report: Homes in fire-prone areas hike firefighting costs

Oct. 13, 2018 11:59 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Rapid population growth and the desire to live near forests means new housing in western Montana is being built in wildfire-prone areas, increasing taxpayer-funded fire suppression liabilities and putting lives and property in danger, according to a new study. Half of all new homes...

Band halftime program _ police held at gunpoint _ draws ire

Oct. 12, 2018 10:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi high school band is being barred from a state competition and some performances after a halftime skit depicting three police officers being held at gunpoint was performed in a community where two officers were shot to death last month. Jackson school district...