Latest Forests News

Pest-killing wasps to come to the aid of Maine forests

Jul. 17, 2019 12:31 AM EDT

MADAWASKA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Forest Service is going to deploy wasps to help beat back an invasive pest species that can do damage to trees in the state. The service says the tiny, non-stinging wasps will be released on Thursday to help control the emerald ash borer infestation in the state. It says...

California indictment alleges MS-13 hacked victims to death

Jul. 16, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Members and associates of the MS-13 gang committed seven murders including several in which victims were hacked to death with machetes in a Southern California forest, according to a federal indictment released Tuesday. The indictment by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles charges...

Underwater forest hampers search for missing Alabama woman

Jul. 16, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — An underwater forest with trees as tall as 60 feet (18 meters) is hampering the nearly 2-week-old search for the body of a woman who was thrown off a boat in Alabama. Many trees weren't cut down when workers created Smith Lake more than 50 years ago, The Cullman Times reported Tuesday....

Head of US Forest Service visits Alaska's Tongass Forest

Jul. 16, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The head of the U.S. Forest Service visited Alaska's Tongass National Forest to investigate timber sales and related issues, a report said. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski hosted Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen during the July 6-7 visit, CoastAlaska reported Monday. Christiansen...

Federal review says skier triggered deadly New Mexico slide

Jul. 15, 2019 9:10 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A skier triggered an avalanche in January at a ski resort in northern New Mexico that led to his death and the death of another skier after they were overrun by snow, the U.S. Forest Service said in a written review obtained by The Associated Press on Monday. Taos Ski Valley followed...

Conservation project buys huge tracts of coalfields forest

Jul. 15, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The nonprofit Nature Conservancy announced Monday it has partnered with private investors to acquire over a quarter-million acres (101,000 hectares) of forest land in the coalfields of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. The group said its new Cumberland Forest Project is designed to not...

Montana loggers begin thinning forest to help prevent fires

Jul. 14, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — Logging work has commenced in a project intended to thin wooded areas that could potentially provide fuel for wildfires. The Ravalli Republic reported Sunday that loggers have started thinning about 5 square miles (13 square kilometers) of dense forest in the area of the Bitterroot...

Big southeast Missouri landowner to ban feral hog hunting

Jul. 14, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — One of Missouri's largest private landowners is following the state's lead in seeking to eradicate feral hogs by trying to trap large groups of them rather than allowing them to be hunted. The L-A-D Foundation plans to ban feral hog hunting on its property, the Springfield...

Enjoy forests, but 'Don't Be a Jerk' is Will County message

Jul. 13, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — The Will County Forest Preserve District welcomes patrons to enjoy themselves, but "Don't Be a Jerk." The Forest Preserve's campaign is aimed at littering, unleashed dogs, and improper use of its 125 miles of trails. Forest Preserve CEO Ralph Schultz tells the (Joliet) Herald-News that...

Forest official upholds cancellation of grazing permit

Jul. 11, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A regional official with the U.S. Forest Service has upheld the cancellation of a grazing permit belonging to a New Mexico rancher who killed an endangered Mexican gray wolf. Southwest Regional Forester Calvin Joyner outlined his decision in a letter last week. Craig Thiessen had...