Latest Forests News

Students eligible for free national forest Christmas trees

Nov. 28, 2020 9:42 AM EST

CAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — All fourth and fifth grade students in New Hampshire are eligible for a free Christmas tree this year — if they're willing to work for it. The National Forest Service is providing Christmas tree vouchers that can be exchanged for permits to cut a tree from the White Mountain...

Popular Oregon hiking spot closed indefinitely due to fires

Nov. 23, 2020 1:51 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Santiam State Forest, one of Oregon’s largest and most popular state forests, will remain closed indefinitely following the Beachie Creek wildfire. The Statesman Journal reports the forest, which is located 40 miles southeast of Salem, is home to hikes leading to waterfalls,...

This photo provided by the University of Maryland shows Brooke Czwartacki taking a measurement in a well in Awendaw, South Carolina. Czwartacki regularly checks the salinity of well water as saltwater invades the state’s aquifers. (Hunter Musi/Stanford University via AP)

Coastal harm from invading saltwater ‘happening right now’

Nov. 23, 2020 1:48 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Four Native American tribes on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast requested United Nations assistance this year to force action by the U.S. government on invading salt. Their formal complaint cited “climate-forced displacement’’ and said saltwater had poisoned their...

Forest Service allows Christmas tree cutting with permit

Nov. 22, 2020 1:53 PM EST

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Vermonters who want to cut down their own Christmas trees can do so in the Green Mountain National Forest with a $5 permit. Permits will be available to buy online with a $2.50 service fee or in-person at a Green Mountain National Forest office. This year, in support of the Every Kid...

State acquires 150 acres of forest land for recreational use

Nov. 21, 2020 2:07 PM EST

TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has acquired nearly 150 acres of forest land in Tiverton for recreational use, including hunting, state environmental officials say. The parcel abuts a 121-acre parcel of protected land that was acquired in 2012 from the Tiverton Rod and Gun Club, and its preservation...

Snowcat outfitter sues former guide, claims 'trade secrets'

Nov. 21, 2020 10:00 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Stephen Bass approached Andy Sovick last year with a plan for writing a guide to snowmobile-access skiing around one of the most popular backcountry destinations in Colorado: Buffalo Pass near Steamboat Springs. Bass, a ski patroller at Utah’s Powder Mountain ski area and a guide for...

Prescott forest restrictions aim to help nesting bald eagles

Nov. 19, 2020 12:05 AM EST

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Part of Lynx Lake will be closed starting next month to provide protection to nesting bald eagles, according to Prescott National Forest officials. They said Wednesday that closure restrictions on the east side of the lake including the John’s Tank Trail will be in place...

Forest Service to get new helicopter base for firefighting

Nov. 18, 2020 12:29 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has awarded a contract to a Scottsdale company to design and build a new helicopter base in northern Gila County to support firefighting activities. The facility to be built by KOO Design Build, Inc., will be located next to a Gila County maintenance yard near Star...

Fires put X-mas tree cutting on hold in 2 national forests

Nov. 16, 2020 4:53 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Those looking to cut down their own Christmas trees in the Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests will have to wait a bit longer because the areas were affected by three large wildfires. Donna Nemeth, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service, tells The Denver Post that crews are still...

Indiana's only federal wilderness area faces misuse problems

Nov. 14, 2020 12:02 AM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Charles C. Deam Wilderness is close to 13,000 acres just south of Lake Monroe where people can wander outdoors in relative solitude whether they’re boating, hiking or riding a horse — and officials are concerned that it’s being misused by some. With more...