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Proposal in owl case allows for cutting of US Capitol tree

Oct. 22, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It will be up to a federal judge whether to sign off on a proposed order that would clear the way for a tree to be cut and displayed outside the U.S. Capitol building over the holidays. The proposal is the result of an agreement reached Monday between environmentalists and the U.S....

Oregon State announces new protections for old growth

Oct. 21, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State University has announced plans to immediately reinstitute an abandoned 2005 management plan for its McDonald-Dunn research forest outside Corvallis, in a sign of continued fallout from criticism of the school for clearcutting a stand of ancient trees that included a...

Volunteers plant trees along pocket estuary to aid salmon

Oct. 20, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Eighty volunteers showed up to an ocean shoreline in northern Washington to plant trees that will enhance salmon habitat. The Skagit Valley Herald reports the volunteers Saturday planted 1,400 native Sitka spruce, crabapple and shore pine on a 3-acre (1.2-hectare) strip on March...

Washington tornado up roots trees, sends them onto homes

Oct. 20, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado touched down near Shelton, Washington. KOMO-television reports the tornado on Friday night had winds up to 100 mph (161 kph). The tornado started on land and traveled more than a half mile before moving over the waters of Pickering Passage and...

Study: Climate change could threaten bugs in Missouri

Oct. 20, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A recent study indicates that climate change could threaten hundreds of insect species in Missouri that may not recover after they die during extreme weather conditions. A 2019 study by the University of Missouri at St. Louis examined 250 insect species whose populations plummeted...

Maine Press Association announces contest winners

Oct. 19, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Portland Press Herald, The Ellsworth American, York County Coast Star and Maine Sunday Telegram have won top honors in their divisions in the Maine Press Association annual contest. Bangor Daily News, Pine Tree Watch and The Camden Herald won for digital presentation. The...

Upgrades planned for Joshua Tree to ease park crowds

Oct. 19, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — A revamped entrance and visitor centers are in the works to help ease crowds after a surge in tourism to Southern California's Joshua Tree National Park. Annual attendance has nearly doubled in the past five years, leading to hour-long waits to enter the park 140 miles (225...

Move over, Honeycrisp: New apple to debut at grocery stores

Oct. 19, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — They call it the Cosmic Crisp. It's not a video game, a superhero or the title of a Grateful Dead song. It's a new variety of apple, coming to a grocery store near you Dec. 1 Cosmic Crisp is the first apple ever bred in Washington state, which grows the majority of the United States'...

Beetle connected to ash tree deaths found in Portland, Maine

Oct. 18, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in Maine say a type of beetle that's killed hundreds of millions of ash trees since its discovery in North America has been found on a trap in Portland. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said Friday the discovery of the emerald ash borer is...

Apples rot on trees as Kashmir strife inflicts economic pain

Oct. 17, 2019 10:10 PM EDT

SHOPIAN, India (AP) — Kashmir's apple orchards, backbone of the economy and livelihood for nearly half the region's people, are deserted with fruit rotting on the trees at a time when they should be bustling with harvesters. Losses are mounting as insurgent groups pressure pickers, traders and drivers to...