Latest Forests News

National Guard to help protect California towns from fires

Mar. 20, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is calling in the National Guard for the first time next month to help protect communities from devastating fires like the one that largely destroyed the city of Paradise last fall. It's pulling the troops away from President Donald Trump's border protection efforts and...

Stranded man who feared arrest found dead after 5-day search

Mar. 19, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A man who likely died from exposure while stranded in Arizona might have survived if he had not rejected rescue efforts because he was afraid of being arrested, authorities said Tuesday. Ryan Long, 38, died several days after authorities found his friend, Reelaiah Ahasteen, 35, in another...

Georgia man electrocuted trying to retrieve drone from tree

Mar. 12, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

FOREST PARK, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in a metro Atlanta suburb say a man was electrocuted while trying to retrieve a drone that had become stuck in a tree. Citing a statement from Forest Park police, news outlets report 37-year-old Reff Teasley died Saturday. Police say Teasley and his brother Calvin...

Butterflies abound in mountainous Mexican winter habitat

Mar. 6, 2019 10:04 AM EST

CERRO PELÓN MONARCH BUTTERFLY SANCTUARY, Mexico (AP) — As the group made its way up the rugged mountain path toward the clearing, their heavy, crunching bootsteps turned to near-silent tiptoeing, their friendly chitchat dropped to whispers, giddy smiles appeared on faces and eyes brimmed with tears....

Peru takes new approach to protecting Amazon: Using military

Mar. 5, 2019 8:39 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru is taking a new approach to combating rampant illegal mining that threatens the delicate Amazon rainforest: Send in the military. Officials inaugurated the first of four military bases Tuesday where soldiers will use drones and satellite images to protect the Amazon. The...

California officials focus on forest management after fires

Mar. 5, 2019 8:20 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After successive years of devastating wildfires, California's fire agency announced a plan Tuesday that would dramatically increase the removal of dead trees and other forest management efforts with the help of the National Guard. The California Department of Forestry and Fire...

'The Last Woman in the Forest' has suspense-filled plot

Mar. 4, 2019 10:05 AM EST

"The Last Woman in the Forest" (Berkley), by Diane Les Becquets Diane Les Becquets succinctly melds an adventure story, a look at conservation and a coming-of-age tale in a suspense-filled plot about the hunt for a serial killer in "The Last Woman in the Forest." Marian Engstrom is a self-admitted "conservation...

UK wildfires rip through "Winnie the Pooh" forest

Feb. 27, 2019 7:01 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Unseasonably warm and dry weather have fueled fires in Britain, with blazes at Ashdown Forest — made famous by the "Winnie the Pooh" books — as well as West Yorkshire's Saddleworth Moor and Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh. Crews extinguished two wildfires in East Sussex's Ashdown...

Dominion to ask Supreme Court to hear pipeline appeal

Feb. 26, 2019 5:46 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy said Tuesday it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal after a lower court refused to reconsider a ruling tossing out a permit that would have allowed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail. Lead...

New hearing rejected for pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail

Feb. 25, 2019 7:54 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday denied a request to reconsider a ruling throwing out a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a request from lead pipeline developer...