Latest Forestry News

Forest Service grazing decision irks environmental group

Jun. 22, 2022 18:01 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has approved a new rule waiving fees for unauthorized grazing under some circumstances in a move blasted by an environmental group that says the agency is codifying lax enforcement. The Forest Service issued the decision this month...

Wildfire threatens unspoiled Georgia island rich in history

Jun. 22, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

ST. CATHERINES ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Wildfires sparked by lightning have scorched hundreds of acres on this unspoiled island off the Georgia coast, where crews are battling to protect plantation ruins, the remnants of a 16th century Spanish mission and archaeological sites that have yielded human...

U.S. Forest Service acknowledges errors, miscalculations that caused largest wildfire in New Mexico's recorded history

Jun. 21, 2022 13:16 PM EDT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service acknowledges errors, miscalculations that caused largest wildfire in New Mexico's recorded history.

Crews fight 500-acre blaze in North Carolina

Jun. 19, 2022 17:28 PM EDT

PONZER, N.C. (AP) — Multiple agencies were fighting a brush fire that is affecting hundreds of acres in North Carolina on Sunday afternoon. Hyde County officials said crews are battling the 500-acre blaze near the Ponzer community, WITN-TV reported. No nearby structures were...

Forest Service, Nez Perce Tribe sign deal on Idaho forests

Jun. 16, 2022 14:42 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Nez Perce Tribe and U.S. Forest Service have signed an agreement allowing the two to team up on projects in the 6,250-square-mile (16,000-square-kilometer) Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests in north-central Idaho. The Forest Service said Wednesday that...

Alaska firefighters battling blaze near 9 structures

Jun. 07, 2022 18:44 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Firefighters on Tuesday were working to contain wildfires that started west of Talkeetna, including one that was near nine structures. The biggest of the three fires was named the Kichatna Fire and was about 0.06 square miles (0.01 square kilometers), said...

Nonprofit helps formerly incarcerated firefighters get jobs

Jun. 02, 2022 11:42 AM EDT

For years California, Florida, Oregon, Washington, and other states have relied on incarcerated men and women to fight wildfires. They are trained to perform grueling work while earning just a few dollars, sometimes as little as $2 a day. Incarcerated workers who serve as volunteer...

US review traces massive New Mexico fire to planned burns

May. 27, 2022 21:16 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two fires that merged to create the largest wildfire in New Mexico history have both been traced to planned burns set by U.S. forest managers as preventative measures, federal investigators announced Friday. The findings shift responsibility more squarely...

Firefighters contain blaze that burned 3 buildings in Alaska

May. 26, 2022 20:58 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Firefighters have contained a blaze in the southwest Alaska village of Kasigluk that burned three buildings, including a school building, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Air tankers and smokejumpers responded to the fire, which the division said...

Zalatoris comes close to major moment in PGA playoff loss

May. 22, 2022 20:37 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Will Zalatoris saw nearly every inch of Southern Hills on Sunday as one of the best ball-strikers in golf struggled to harness a series of wayward shots that threatened to take him out of the running at the PGA Championship. The rail-thin kid from Wake Forest...