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Florida timber farmers face tough choices year after Michael

Oct. 13, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (AP) — The sunsets are a sight to behold in Joe Leonard's neck of the woods these days. A year ago, lush stands of towering pines obscured the horizon, he said as he drove his pickup along a dusty Florida Panhandle road. Now, fields of thick grass mask row after row of stumps decaying...

Editorials from around New England

Oct. 11, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT We need to stop calling the pattern of sex abuse in the Catholic Church a travesty. It was a criminal conspiracy and the state hasn't done enough to hold the guilty accountable. Hartford Courant Oct. 6 The latest revelations about sexual abuse aren't new but they...

Florida timber farmers face tough choices year after Michael

Oct. 10, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (AP) — The sunsets are a sight to behold in Joe Leonard's neck of the woods these days. A year ago, lush stands of towering pines obscured the horizon, he said as he drove his pickup along a dusty Florida Panhandle road. Now, fields of thick grass mask row after row of stumps decaying...

Ex-LePage spokeswoman enters congressional race in Maine

Oct. 9, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Land Use Planning Commission will hear from a timber company that wants to pull the plug on a massive development in the Moosehead Lake region. The LUPC is meeting Wednesday for the first time since Weyerhaeuser informed the agency it wants to end development and subdivision...

Once nearly extinct, songbird coming off endangered list

Oct. 8, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The federal government said Tuesday it will remove the Kirtland's warbler from its list of protected species, finding the small, yellow-bellied songbird had recovered more than half a century after being designated as endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service credited...

Pope urges bold action to protect the Amazon amid fires

Oct. 6, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged bishops on Sunday to boldly shake up the status quo as they chart ways to better care for the Amazon and its indigenous people amid threats from forest fires, development and what he called ideological "ashes of fear." Francis opened a three-week meeting on preserving...

Group buys swamp land to give to Congaree National Park

Sep. 29, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK, S.C. (AP) — A timber company is selling some swamp and forest land to a conservation group that hopes to donate the land to the Congaree National Park in South Carolina. Friends of Congaree Swamp bought the 214 acres (87 hectares) from Weyerhaeuser for $783,000. The land near the...

Timber company wants to pull plug on Moosehead development

Sep. 27, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A timber company wants to pull the plug on a massive development in the Moosehead Lake region that was the source of lively debate over the future of the Maine's North Woods. Weyerhaeuser informed the Land Use Planning Commission this week that it wants to end development and...

2 Virginia sawmills set to expand

Sep. 26, 2019 4:25 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Canadian-owned timber company is spending $32 million to expand sawmill and wood drying operations at two lumber mills in Virginia. Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday that Teal-Jones Group will create a total of 126 new jobs with expansions in Martinsville and Kinsale. The...

Investigators say fire at timber company was accidental

Sep. 23, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont state fire investigators say a fire that destroyed a timber company building in North Springfield was accidental. They say the fire at Vermont Timberworks on Saturday evening was caused by waste materials from the company's production process that spontaneously ignited in a...