Latest Forests News

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...

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...

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...

Trump, California spar over money for wildfire relief funds

Jan. 9, 2019 5:04 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to withhold money to help California cope with wildfires, a day after new Gov. Gavin Newsom asked him to double the federal investment in forest management. Trump again suggested poor forest management is to blame for California's deadly...

The Latest: California's McCarthy backs Trump fire comments

Jan. 9, 2019 4:23 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Trump's comments on California wildfires (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Republican U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is defending President Donald Trump's comments that California isn't doing a good enough job managing its forests. McCarthy, of California, says...

Supreme Court hears case involving Crow tribe hunting rights

Jan. 8, 2019 7:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Clayvin Herrera wound up with a fine of more than $8,000 for hunting elk in Wyoming's Bighorn National Forest after he posted photos online of his kill, showing off the way showing off often happens these days. The Crow tribe member's defense, however, in a case that has gotten all the...

Top US trade official voices concern over Peru logging

Jan. 3, 2019 10:09 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The top U.S. trade official contends Peru's government is not living up to its commitment to combat illegal logging in a case that could have broader implications as Washington debates ratifying a new North American free trade deal. In a letter sent Dec. 21 to a congressman, U.S. Trade...

Forest Whitaker files for divorce from Keisha Nash-Whitaker

Dec. 27, 2018 8:40 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forest Whitaker has filed for divorce from his wife of 22 years, Keisha Nash-Whitaker. The 57-year-old "Black Panther" actor cites irreconcilable differences in the divorce filing Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The brief document says the exact value of the couple's...