Latest Forests News

Forest Service, Colorado county to hire enforcement officers

Oct. 16, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado county has announced plans to collaborate with a federal forest agency to create and fill two wildlife enforcer positions. Aspen Daily News reports that Pitkin County commissioners agreed Tuesday to form a $100,000 contract with the U.S. Forest Service to create two full-time...

Body found in car ID'd as hammer attack suspect

Oct. 15, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — A body found in a car in the forest near Los Angeles has been identified as a man who was sought for attacking his fiance and her mother with a hammer. Police on Tuesday say the decomposed body discovered late last month in the Angeles National Forest is that of 29-year-old Brian...

Feds propose opening biggest national forest to logging

Oct. 15, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is taking comments on a proposal that would exempt the country's largest national forest, in southeast Alaska, from a ban on timber harvests and road building in roadless areas. This option is listed as the preferred alternative by the agency in a draft...

Owl vs. owl: Should humans intervene to save a species?

Oct. 15, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — As he stood amid the thick old-growth forests in the coastal range of Oregon, Dave Wiens was nervous. Before he trained to shoot his first barred owl, he had never fired a gun. He eyed the big female owl, her feathers streaked brown and white, perched on a branch at just the right...

Volunteers help clean up fire damage in Daniel Boone Forest

Oct. 14, 2019 4:41 AM EDT

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — Daniel Boone National Forest officials say multiple fires have burned hundreds of acres there, with almost all of the fires caused by people. WTVQ-TV in Lexington reports three crews from Puerto Rico have volunteered to restore what they can in the forest. Officials want to clean up...

Samba, Amazon fruits and fish at Brazil's Ver-O-Peso market

Oct. 14, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

BELEM, Brazil (AP) — Exotic Amazonian fruits, medicinal tonics with natural ingredients from the rainforest that claim to cure it all and freshwater fish served fried with a side of thick, deep purple acai juice. Bands huddled in a circle that sing, tap on tambourines and bang drums to the rhythm of Samba....

President orders army onto streets of Ecuadorian capital

Oct. 13, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's army took to the streets after President Lenín Moreno ordered the first 24-hour curfew in decades in response to a day of attacks on government buildings and media offices. By Saturday night, soldiers had retaken control of the park and streets leading to the National...

New Mexico authorities investigate 18 human-caused fires

Oct. 12, 2019 12:19 AM EDT

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in northern New Mexico are investigating a series of fires that were sparked earlier this month. Forest officials say 18 separate fires along a forest road near the El Rito Campground burned more than 100 acres (40 hectares) and were all human caused. Investigators still are...

US forest managers want judge to revisit tree-cutting ban

Oct. 11, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service wants a federal judge to reconsider an order that halted tree-cutting across thousands of square miles of forest in the Southwest, saying efforts to address wildfire threats are hanging in the balance. The order was issued last month in a 2013 case that...

Mexico's indigenous Lacandon battle settlers over rainforest

Oct. 11, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The few remaining indigenous Lacandon are locked in a struggle to protect their ancestral home: the last pocket of tropical rainforest in North America. There are only about 1,500 Lacandones left, scattered in a handful of settlements across the 1,280 square miles ...