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In this photo taken early January 2020, and provided Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Wollemi pines tower above the forest floor in the Wollemi National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Specialist firefighters have saved the world's last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney. (NSW National Parks and Wildfire Service via AP)

Australia firefighters save world's only rare dinosaur trees

Jan. 18, 2020 4:27 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said Thursday. Firefighters winched from helicopters to reach the cluster of fewer than 200 Wollemi Pines in a remote...

In this photo taken early January 2020, and provided Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Wollemi pines tower above the forest floor in the Wollemi National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Specialist firefighters have saved the world's last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney. (NSW National Parks and Wildfire Service via AP)

Correction: Australia-Dinosaur Trees story

Jan. 18, 2020 4:21 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — In a story on Jan. 17, 2020, about specialist firefighters who have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from Australia's wildfires, The Associated Press erroneously reported the size of Wollemi National Park. It is 5,000 square kilometers...

File - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, are homes leveled by the Camp Fire line the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park retirement community in Paradise, Calif. A $13.5 billion settlement covering most of the losses from a series of catastrophic wildfires that drove Pacific Gas and Electric into bankruptcy is turning into a financial tug of war pitting the interests of U.S. taxpayers against the disaster victims still trying to rebuild their lives. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Judge threatens to force PG&E to hire more tree trimmers

Jan. 16, 2020 8:21 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday threatened to force Pacific Gas & Electric to hire more tree trimmers to reduce the chances of its electrical grid igniting fires in Northern California and adhere to a requirement imposed after the utility's natural gas lines blew up a neighborhood a...

FILE - This Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, shows a spotted lanternfly at a vineyard in Kutztown, Pa. Penn State researchers estimate the spotted lanternfly is causing some $50 million in damage per year in the state’s hard-hit southeast. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Study: Spotted lanternfly costing Pennsylvania $50M annually

Jan. 16, 2020 5:41 PM EST

The spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest from Asia that is wreaking havoc on valuable trees and vines, is costing the Pennsylvania economy about $50 million and eliminating nearly 500 jobs each year, according to a Penn State study released Thursday. The study represents researchers’ first attempt to...

Pine Tree State's new ag marketing to highlight "Real Maine"

Jan. 15, 2020 1:10 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's agriculture department has unveiled a new marketing program that officials believe will better represent the state's products. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry released the new “Real Maine” logo on Tuesday. The move coincided with...

This satellite photo provided by Maxar Technologies shows wildfires spreading in the area south of Eden and Twofold Bay, shown in black, in New South Wales state of Australia, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies via AP)

Australia turns from defense to offense in wildfire battle

Jan. 12, 2020 6:05 PM EST

BODALLA, Australia (AP) — Crews battling Australia's wildfires said Sunday that they have been able to turn from defense to offense for the first time in weeks thanks to a break in the weather. Dale McLean, who is helping manage the response to a fire near the town of Bodalla in New South Wales state, was...

Nicholls State growing coast-adapted plants for restoration

Jan. 11, 2020 11:12 AM EST

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Faculty and students at a Louisiana university are growing plants that thrive in tough coastal conditions to help restore the state's dwindling coast. “This is a long-term investment in producing seeds for the future,” Nicholls State University biology chair Quenton...

Atlanta teen killed when speeding car hits trees in Florida

Jan. 8, 2020 12:45 PM EST

LAKE CITY, Fla. (AP) — A 15-year-old Georgia girl died and her sister and mother were injured when their car crashed into pine trees on the side of Interstate 75 in north Florida on Tuesday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. A trooper clocked the vehicle driven by Cinceria Cooke, 34, of Atlanta, at...

Tree thinning in northern New Mexico causes uproar

Jan. 8, 2020 12:19 AM EST

GLORIETA MESA, N.M. (AP) — An effort by New Mexico officials to trim the density of piñon and juniper trees near Cañoncito is drawing criticism from some residents The Santa Fe New Mexican reports state officials say the Ojo de la Vaca Meadow Restoration Project is designed to “encourage...

In this recent photo, motorists are directed as they ferry Christmas trees to be donated at Island Beach State Park near Seaside Park, N.J. The state's Department of Environmental Protection exceeded their original goal to collect 200 Christmas trees over the weekend when over 2,000 were donated. The trees are used to to reinforce sand dunes. (James Douglas/New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection via AP)

Over 2,000 Christmas trees donated to repair sand dunes

Jan. 7, 2020 6:34 PM EST

SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) — Over 2,000 discarded Christmas trees were donated to New Jersey environmental officials to reinforce sand dunes at Island Beach State Park. The state's Department of Environmental Protection posted on Twitter Monday to say the response from the public far exceeded their original...