Latest Land management News

Forest Service green-lights new monitors on Glacier Peak

Jul. 06, 2022 08:53 AM EDT

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has given the green light to install new seismometers on Glacier Peak, classified as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the United States. There’s only one monitor there now, according to federal agencies. More early warning...

How a favela in Rio got its clean water back, for $42,300

Jul. 03, 2022 10:11 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Butterflies and waxbills flit through the Enchanted Valley just outside Rio de Janeiro’s Tijuca Forest National Park. There are fruit trees, a nearby waterfall and a commanding view out over the Atlantic Ocean. But for decades something was spoiling the idyll: the stench...

Acres of Whidbey Island farmland, forest, beach, preserved

Jul. 02, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Staff at the Whidbey Camano Land Trust in Washington state knew they had to act quickly when a 226-acre (91-hectare) beachfront property south of Coupeville came on the market last December. From the water, boaters may have seen the red house, old windmill,...

Improving weather aids fight against Sierra Nevada wildfire

Jul. 01, 2022 00:59 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Improving weather helped firefighters stop the spread of a Sierra Nevada wildfire that forced evacuation of several hundred people from their homes and injured 13 firefighters and a civilian, authorities said Thursday. The Rices Fire remained at 904 acres...

Fire marshal's office suspends fireworks for parts of Alaska

Jun. 30, 2022 21:00 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska State Fire Marshal's Office is suspending the use of fireworks across large portions of the state, citing fire dangers. The state Department of Public Safety in a statement said the fire marshal's office, along with the Division of Forestry and...

Helicopter pilot helping Alaska firefighters dies in crash

Jun. 27, 2022 16:40 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A helicopter contracted to support firefighting efforts on an Interior Alaska blaze crashed after takeoff, killing the pilot, officials said Monday. The fatality was the first related to Alaska wildfires in 22 years. The pilot was identified as Douglas...

Funding awarded for work at parks in 2 Kentucky counties

Jun. 22, 2022 20:05 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's most populated county has received nearly $360,000 in awards to enhance accessibility and improve three parks, while $400,000 is being provided for two parks in another county, Gov. Andy Beshear said. The funding is for projects at Jefferson...

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...

Labor shortage compounds federal firefighters' staffing woes

Jun. 22, 2022 01:07 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Firefighter groups are applauding the Biden administration's steps to raise pay but warn that the temporary wage hikes won't be enough to combat staffing problems, as federal agencies compete with local fire departments and big box stores in a tight labor market. ...