Latest Forestry News

New Mexico to tap satellite tracking during wildfire season

Mar. 31, 2020 12:40 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has a new tool that could help crews get an early jump on any wildfires that might break out. The State Forestry Division will be getting real-time alerts via a satellite tracking system designed by the Santa Fe-based startup Descartes Labs. The program can detect...

Oregon man leaves $2 million for Montana forest museum

Mar. 29, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — In the midst of a lot of bad news, here’s a nice change of pace: A former forester and forest conservation advocate from Oregon has bequeathed roughly $2 million to shine a light at the end of a long tunnel to an elusive National Conservation Legacy Center in Missoula. Bill...

Fire danger level elevated in southwestern New Mexico

Mar. 26, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Forest Service officials say the threat of wildfires is rising in southwestern New Mexico. Gila National Forest officials on Thursday cited strong winds, low humidity and the recent discovery of an abandoned campfire for a decision by fire managers to raise the forest's fire...

More visits to Maine's state parks during virus shutdown

Mar. 20, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

POWNAL, Maine (AP) — More people than usual are visiting Maine's state parks this month as residents look for ways to get outside and stay active while maintaining social distance. The busiest state parks in Maine are seeing an increase in traffic of 30% to 50%, Maine Department of Agriculture,...

Forest Service OKs logging, trails in northwestern Montana

Mar. 19, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has approved a commercial logging and wildfire reduction proposal in northwestern Montana that includes about 25 miles of new recreational trails. It’s aimed in part at reducing wildfire risk by removing timber on about 6 square miles of forest near...

Maine broadens restrictions to curb spread of forest pests

Mar. 19, 2020 2:30 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine forestry officials are broadening restrictions about the movement of some wood and forest products to try to stop the spread of a pair of invasive pests. The new rules are designed to halt the spread of the emerald ash borer and hemlock woolly adelgid. The pests can cause damage...

Grants available for recreation projects in New England

Mar. 15, 2020 8:20 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A forestry organization is offering more than $400,000 in grants for recreation projects in several New England states. The Northern Forest Center will award $424,000 over the next two years for the development of outdoor recreation infrastructure through the Destination Development...

Forest Service wants rule update for subterranean caves

Mar. 10, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service wants to change the rules for recreation in the hundreds of underground caves that dot the Deschutes National Forest to protect them from vandalism. Rules to shield the caves — and the bats that call them their home — have been in effect since the...

Maine to take comments on non-binary birth certificate plan

Mar. 9, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine could come closer to offering a non-binary option on birth certificates after a public hearing scheduled to take place on Monday. A proposed rule states that Maine could “recognize non-binary for use on official records by permitting non-binary as a gender marker on a...

Conference to address impact of coronavirus on global trade

Mar. 9, 2020 4:09 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Speakers at an annual agricultural trade conference in Richmond are expected to address the potential impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on global trade. Gov. Ralph Northam will co-host the 12th annual Governor's Conference on Agricultural Trade on Tuesday at the Richmond Marriott...