Latest Forests News

Brazil's Amazon states seek $500 million from Norway

Dec. 11, 2019 5:57 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The states of Brazil's Amazon region held talks Wednesday with Norway about possibly receiving some $500 million in funding for sustainable rainforest projects, if a deal to provide the funds at a federal level falls through. The $500 million had been earmarked for Brazil's Amazon...

Lt. Gov. Forest provides teacher pay counterpoint in letter

Dec. 10, 2019 7:35 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has offered a counterpoint to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's recent written explanation to North Carolina public school teachers as to why sizable pay raises haven't happened this year. Forest, a Republican seeking to unseat Cooper in 2020, sent by email a letter to...

Feral hog hunting curtailed in Mark Twain National Forest

Dec. 10, 2019 11:52 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Feral hog hunting in the Mark Twain National Forest has been curtailed, but limited opportunities to kill the damaging animals are emerging on state land. After weighing a change for more than a year and receiving more than 1,000 public comments, the U.S. Forest Service announced...

Green Mountain National Forest ready for snowmobile season

Dec. 10, 2019 10:54 AM EST

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — About 470 miles of snowmobile trails in the Green Mountain National Forest are going to be ready for the opening of the 2019-2020 snowmobile season, National Forest officials said. Weather and snow conditions permitting, nearly 5,000 miles of trails in the national forest and...

In Sweden's Arctic, ice atop snow leaves reindeer starving

Dec. 10, 2019 6:17 AM EST

KIRUNA, Sweden (AP) — Thick reindeer fur boots and a fur hat covering most of his face shielded Niila Inga from freezing winds as he raced his snowmobile up to a mountain top overlooking his reindeer in the Swedish arctic. His community herds about 8,000 reindeer year-round, moving them between...

Man buried in Alaska mountain avalanche saved by other hiker

Dec. 9, 2019 9:37 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska hiker is lucky to be alive after he was buried during an avalanche and another hiker saw his feet and freed him, officials said. The hiker was alone on Flattop Mountain around 1 p.m. Saturday when an avalanche buried him, the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information...

Gunmen target Brazil indigenous people, killing two

Dec. 7, 2019 7:05 PM EST

Rio de Janeiro (AP) — Gunmen opened fire Saturday on a group of indigenous people in Brazil's Maranhao state, killing two, according to the state's public security secretariat. The attack on members of the Guajajara group, known for its forest guardians who protect their territory against illegal...

Forest restoration pioneer retiring from Arizona university

Dec. 6, 2019 12:36 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Northern Arizona University says a top forest restoration pioneer is retiring. The university says Wally Covington will retire in January after 45 years there as a professor of forestry and executive director of the Ecological Restoration Institute. The university says Covington's...

Cooper, Forest among latest to file for top NC positions

Dec. 5, 2019 4:15 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has filed for reelection, and Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is officially on board to try to unseat him next year. Cooper and Forest are among the latest to file for statewide, federal and regional offices. Candidate filing began Monday at...

DA: Bus driver who crashed wasn't drunk, won't be charged

Dec. 5, 2019 10:24 AM EST

FOREST GROVE, Ore. (AP) — The Washington County District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday that it will not prosecute a man who drove and crashed a school bus with 10 children inside. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 20-year-old Jonathan Gates was arrested in November after he crashed a school...