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The search is on for a red panda that escaped a French zoo

Nov. 21, 2019 11:25 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A search is on for a red panda that broke out of a zoo in the Rhone region of southeastern France. Officials at the Saint-Martin-la-Plaine Zoo said the endangered animal was last seen 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the park by a surprised motorist. The park said the panda escaped last Friday by...

Pine Tree State’s biggest city to spruce up holiday tree

Nov. 21, 2019 1:46 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — One of the most public spaces in Portland, Maine, is ready to get dressed up for the holidays. City officials say the holiday tree will arrive in Monument Square on Thursday. The placement of the tree is an annual tradition in the city, which is the largest municipality in the Pine...

Apple detectives comb US Northwest for ‘lost’ varieties

Nov. 20, 2019 5:24 PM EST

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The apple tree stands alone near the top of a steep hill, wind whipping through its branches as a perfect sunset paints its leaves a vibrant gold. It has been there for more than a century, and there is no hint that the tree or its apples are anything out of the ordinary. But this...

Sheriff: 2 arrested for taking fir boughs from forest

Nov. 20, 2019 4:30 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say two men were arrested after they were stopped with about 3,800 pounds of fir boughs taken from the Willamette National Forest for holiday decorations. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says Forest Patrol deputies stopped two men in a vehicle with the fir boughs on...

Vermont delays tree removal on land seized for interstate

Nov. 20, 2019 10:48 AM EST

ASCUTNEY, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is postponing plans to cut down an old maple tree that once shaded a farm that was seized to make for the construction of Interstate 91. The state and people in the Ascutney neighborhood are looking for a way to commemorate the legacy of Romaine Tenney, who refused...

Colorado to provide next year’s Capitol Christmas tree

Nov. 19, 2019 12:07 PM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Next year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will come from western Colorado. U.S. Forest Service officials said Monday a tree will be cut from Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre or Gunnison national forest to adorn the Capitol building’s West Lawn in 2020. Spokeswoman Kim...

Tennessee hunter hurt in 20-ft fall from broken tree stand

Nov. 18, 2019 8:11 AM EST

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Wildlife officials in Tennessee say a hunter suffered serious injuries when his tree stand broke, plunging him 20 feet (6 meters) to the ground. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency posted on Facebook that the 30-year-old hunter was climbing down a tree Friday when a cable on his...

Reid's Orchard produces fewer apples but sees more quality

Nov. 17, 2019 11:50 AM EST

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — At the rear of a building inside Reid's Orchard, jonagold apples from this year's harvest vibrated across a conveyer belt as they were closely examined, washed and then graded into "1s" or "2s." Billy Reid, owner and operator of Reid's Orchard, said the jonagold variety "1s" were...

‘Leave the leaves’: Environmental experts make autumn plea

Nov. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Raking multicolored leaves into a pile, jumping into them and bagging them up may seem like a harmless fall ritual. But environmentalists are informing the public to leave the chore behind. Experts say gathering up your foliage may be more detrimental to your lawn, contribute to...

Tree-killing fungal disease native to Hawaii spreads on Oahu

Nov. 16, 2019 3:28 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — An ohia tree-killing fungal disease local to Hawaii was discovered spreading on Oahu after wildlife officials conducted an aerial survey of the island forest, state officials said. State Division of Forestry and Wildlife officials tagged 41 more trees that could be ailing from rapid ohia...