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Drought-stressed Oregon trees were scorched in heat wave

Nov. 25, 2021 09:11 AM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — This summer’s heat scorched Oregon trees — maybe worse than ever before — and scientists are beginning to piece together what that means for the trees’ long-term health. Reports of fading foliage and crispy conifers started coming within days...

'They become our family:' US farming couple rescues Afghans

Nov. 24, 2021 09:18 AM EST

FERGUS FALLS, Minnesota (AP) — The U.S. soldiers called them “Caroline’s guys.” They transformed farms in a war zone - risking their lives for the program she built, sharing her belief that something as simple as apple trees could change the world. The...

2 donated Christmas trees to be displayed at WVa Capitol

Nov. 24, 2021 04:09 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A pair of large Christmas trees will go on display outside of West Virginia's Capitol. Michael Buchanan of the Kanawha County community of Hansford donated a 40-foot blue spruce for display at the Lincoln Plaza on the south side of the Capitol...

Ginkgo grew with dinosaurs, and is still worth growing

Nov. 23, 2021 07:46 AM EST

There are some trees whose showiness does not end once they’ve lost their leaves in autumn. Some trees have an attractive bony framework that is then revealed. Ginkgo tree, for instance. Leafless, a ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) tree, soft and green in summer, appears as if...

Bidens open holidays with Christmas tree and 'friendsgiving'

Nov. 22, 2021 23:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden opened the holiday season at the White House on Monday by breaking off a sprig from the official Blue Room tree and giving it — and a big smooch — to her toddler grandson. “Look how beautiful this is,” the first lady said of the 18...

40-foot balsam arrives in Portland's Monument Square

Nov. 22, 2021 09:11 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A sure sign of the impending holiday season is the arrival of a giant evergreen to adorn Portland’s Monument Square. A 40-foot balsam fir that was planted four decades ago by Portland resident Richard Olsen has arrived, but the lights won’t be...

Controlled burn plans in works for 3 Utah national forests

Nov. 21, 2021 08:02 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For decades, the U.S. Forest Service’s practice of putting out wildfires was a huge success. But the policy backfired, setting the stage for the massive destructive wildfires that have flared with increasing regularity across the West. While...

Report: California wildfires killed up to 14,000 giant sequoias in 2 years, nearly 20% of all the Earth’s largest tree

Nov. 19, 2021 14:10 PM EST
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Report: California wildfires killed up to 14,000 giant sequoias in 2 years, nearly 20% of all the Earth’s largest tree.

Boston’s Christmas tree arrives in the city from Nova Scotia

Nov. 19, 2021 09:59 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A 48-foot white spruce chosen as Boston’s Christmas tree has arrived in the city from Nova Scotia, as part of a decades-old tradition. This year’s tree was donated by L’Arche Cape Breton, a nonprofit that provides homes and work for people with...

Maine city's holiday tree will fulfill longtime family wish

Nov. 18, 2021 01:31 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The holiday tree in Maine's largest city will be a balsam fir planted by a resident nearly four decades ago. Portland has a tradition of harvesting a tree from a local neighborhood to serve as its downtown holiday centerpiece. This year's tree...