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In this Wednesday, April 1, 2020 photo, Scott Dunn stirs maple syrup in the finishing tank before the final filtering stage at the Dunn Family Maple sugar house in Buxton, Maine. The sap has been flowing for weeks in trees in maple country, but syrup sales may not be so sweet amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Bitter business for maple syrup makers amid virus outbreak

Apr. 2, 2020 9:55 AM EDT

MARSHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — The sap has been flowing for weeks in trees in maple country, but syrup sales may not be so swift, with restaurants and specialty food shops closed, sugaring events canceled and fans staying home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. In the largest maple-producing state,...

Lauren and Christoph Herby make walnut syrup at their farm in McDowell. The couple prides themselves on sustainable living. Any wood used for the evaporator to boil the syrup comes from felled trees on their land. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP)

"Liquid gold' brings new attention to Virginia county

Mar. 29, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

MCDOWELL, Va, (AP) — Christoph Herby stands inside his 96-square-foot sugar shed and watches the sap hauled from his black walnut trees boil. Steam rises from the evaporator and the air smells of buttered popcorn. “That’s our liquid gold,” he says, noting the intense labor that goes...

Previously obscured mural makes return in South Portland

Mar. 28, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A pine tree that partially obstructed the view of a Maine church mural referred to as "Googley-Eyed Jesus," has been removed. The section of the mural on Holy Cross Church in South Portland that was obstructed depicted Christ looking towards the heavens with his eyes rolled...

A 17-year-old who asked not to be named wears a yellow hazmat suit, gas mask, boots, and gloves as he walks with his family, from Gaithersburg, Md., under cherry blossom trees in full bloom along the tidal basin, Sunday, March 22, 2020, in Washington.

Nations's capital trying to keep crowds from cherry blossoms

Mar. 22, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As signature cherry blossom trees go through peak bloom in the nation's capital, officials in the District of Columbia are resorting to mass street closures to keep large crowds away in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Public officials are publicly pleading for low turnout and one...

WV maple producer enhances syrup with flavorful infusions

Mar. 22, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

GRIFFITHSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — There may not be gold in the hills and hollers of West Virginia, but there is money to be made through the pale amber sap that flows from the maple trees that cover the mountains and valleys here. “There’s people that make six figures from maple syrup,”...

SW Indiana man aims to save remains of large cypress tree

Mar. 22, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — Ron Clark of Bicknell hopes to preserve the last large cypress tree in what was once the Little Cypress Swamp. In a southwest corner of Knox County, known to some as Hell’s Neck, rests the remaining acres of Little Cypress Swamp, and it's Ron Clark's mission to help preserve...

Hawaii confirms new rapid ohia death fungal disease cases

Mar. 17, 2020 9:32 AM EDT

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii scientific group has announced the discovery of new cases of a fungal disease that has killed thousands of native ohia trees. The Kauai Rapid Ohia Death Working Group announced cases of the fungal disease on Kauai, The Garden Island reported Monday. Limahuli Garden and...

‘An elderly citizen:’ Fairchild Oak still going strong

Mar. 15, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Despite the occasional need for maintenance or a touch-up here and there, a local legendary tree continues to amaze. The Fairchild Oak is one of the main attractions at Bulow Creek State Park in Ormond Beach. Hikers on their way to the 6.8 mile Bulow Woods Trail can be seen gazing...

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2020 file photo, monarch butterflies cling to branches in their winter nesting grounds in El Rosario Sanctuary, near Ocampo, Michoacan state, Mexico. The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds decreased about 53% this year, Mexican officials said Friday, March 13. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Mexico: Monarch butterflies drop 53% in wintering area

Mar. 13, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds decreased about 53% this year, Mexican officials said Friday. Some activists called the decline “heartbreaking," but the Mexico head of the World Wildlife Fund said the reduction “is not...

Lake property near city drinking water source conserved

Mar. 11, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

AUBURN, N.H. (AP) — A 77-acre property on Lake Massabesic has been conserved through efforts of the Manchester Water Works and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. The property provides a forested buffer to the lake. The wooded property and nearly 5 acres of wetlands serve to trap...