Latest Natural resource management News

Feds propose opening biggest national forest to logging

Oct. 15, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is taking comments on a proposal that would exempt the country's largest national forest, in southeast Alaska, from a ban on timber harvests and road building in roadless areas. This option is listed as the preferred alternative by the agency in a draft...

Conservationists seek protection of California Joshua trees

Oct. 15, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The western Joshua tree needs protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the Center for Biological Diversity said in a petition Tuesday to the state's Fish and Game Commission. The petition comes amid rising...

Owl vs. owl: Should humans intervene to save a species?

Oct. 15, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — As he stood amid the thick old-growth forests in the coastal range of Oregon, Dave Wiens was nervous. Before he trained to shoot his first barred owl, he had never fired a gun. He eyed the big female owl, her feathers streaked brown and white, perched on a branch at just the right...

Florida timber farmers face tough choices year after Michael

Oct. 13, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (AP) — The sunsets are a sight to behold in Joe Leonard's neck of the woods these days. A year ago, lush stands of towering pines obscured the horizon, he said as he drove his pickup along a dusty Florida Panhandle road. Now, fields of thick grass mask row after row of stumps decaying...

Latest: Southern California wildfire is now 33% contained

Oct. 12, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The Los Angeles County Fire Department says the wildfire in the San Fernando Valley is now 33% contained. The wildfire covers 12 square miles (31 square kilometers.) The department says Saturday night that winds and...

That was no bobcat! Tests show a raccoon attacked couple

Oct. 11, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Florida couple who believed they were attacked by a bobcat earlier last week were actually attacked by a raccoon. The Sun Sentinel reports Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Carol Lyn Parrish says DNA tests of hair confirmed the...

Subaru recalls some Forester vehicles due to airbag issue

Oct. 11, 2019 7:54 AM EDT

Subaru is recalling more than 350,000 Forester vehicles with heated seats because an electrical connection in the front passenger seat may loosen and deactivate the airbag even though the seat is occupied. Subaru said the recall includes Forester vehicles from 2015 to 2018. The automaker will notify vehicle...

Better protection sought for Thailand's helmeted hornbill

Oct. 11, 2019 4:20 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Time is running out for Thailand's dwindling population of helmeted hornbills thanks to poaching of the exotic birds for the ivory-like casques atop their big red and yellow beaks. The species, known by the scientific name Rhinoplax vigil, is listed as "critically endangered" by the...

EPA proposes rewrite of rules on lead contamination in water

Oct. 10, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday proposed a rewrite of rules for dealing with lead pipes contaminating drinking water, but critics say the changes appear to give water systems decades more time to replace pipes leaching dangerous amounts of toxic lead. Contrary to regulatory rollbacks...

Florida timber farmers face tough choices year after Michael

Oct. 10, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (AP) — The sunsets are a sight to behold in Joe Leonard's neck of the woods these days. A year ago, lush stands of towering pines obscured the horizon, he said as he drove his pickup along a dusty Florida Panhandle road. Now, fields of thick grass mask row after row of stumps decaying...