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US forest chief, New Mexico governor sign stewardship pact

Nov. 14, 2019 4:21 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The chief of the U.S. Forest Service and New Mexico’s governor signed an agreement on Thursday aimed at strengthening relations as they work to represent diverse interests concerning natural resources on public forest lands. New Mexico became the ninth state to sign a so-called...

Groups sue to stop power transmission line in eastern Oregon

Nov. 14, 2019 1:45 PM EST

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — Two groups have filed a federal lawsuit to block a proposed power transmission line that would run through two counties in northeast Oregon, a newspaper reported Thursday. The Stop B2H Coalition and Greater Hells Canyon Council, both based in La Grande, Oregon, filed the suit in...

Tennessee creating strike team for prescribed forest burns

Nov. 13, 2019 4:27 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Forestry officials in Tennessee say a strike team is being created to perform prescribed burning on public and private forest land in the Cumberland Plateau. Tennessee Division of Forestry officials said Tuesday that a $200,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation...

Simplot proposing east Idaho phosphate mine with 5 open pits

Nov. 11, 2019 7:35 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal land managers have released a final plan for a phosphate mine with five open pits as well as reclamation work in eastern Idaho proposed by Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Company. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service released the jointly-prepared final...

Forest Service waives recreation fees in honor of veterans

Nov. 11, 2019 4:50 AM EST

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is waiving recreation fees at some locations around the Daniel Boone National Forest in honor of Veterans Day. An agency statement says forest visitors can enjoy designated locations free of charge on Nov. 11. Locations include: the Redbird Crest Trail in Clay...

US Forest Service shuts down vandalized Georgia park feature

Nov. 11, 2019 3:14 AM EST

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says vandalism is forcing it to shut down a popular fall leaf viewing destination in Georgia. The agency posted photos to Facebook on Friday showing a wooden platform covered in white spray paint overlooking the mountainous north Georgia landscape at...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's flawed 'read the transcript' defense

Nov. 11, 2019 12:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been his drumbeating demand: "Read the transcript!" "Just read the transcript." "Can't we read English?" "Just read the Transcript, everything else is made up garbage." "READ THE TRANSCRIPT!" Heading into public hearings this week, people have read the transcript , and that's why...

Forest Service waives day-use fees for Veterans Day

Nov. 10, 2019 1:08 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Some fees will be waived in the White Mountain National Forest in recognition of Veterans Day. The U.S. Forest Service is waiving day-use fees Monday, though visitors still will be charged for overnight camping, cabin rentals, permits and other activities. Active duty military members...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's 'read the transcript' impeachment cry

Nov. 9, 2019 11:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been his drumbeating demand for more than a week: "Read the transcript!" "Just read the transcript." "Can't we read English?" "Just read the Transcript, everything else is made up garbage." "READ THE TRANSCRIPT!" People have read the transcript , though, and that's why President...

Timber interests propose pro-logging initiatives

Nov. 8, 2019 2:36 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A group of retired foresters backed by the timber industry filed three initiative petitions this week looking to counter what they say are "radical anti-forestry ballot initiatives being pursued by environmental extremists." The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the measures would give...