Latest Forests News

Popular Oregon hiking spot closed indefinitely due to fires

Nov. 23, 2020 1:51 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Santiam State Forest, one of Oregon’s largest and most popular state forests, will remain closed indefinitely following the Beachie Creek wildfire. The Statesman Journal reports the forest, which is located 40 miles southeast of Salem, is home to hikes leading to waterfalls,...

This photo provided by the University of Maryland shows Brooke Czwartacki taking a measurement in a well in Awendaw, South Carolina. Czwartacki regularly checks the salinity of well water as saltwater invades the state’s aquifers. (Hunter Musi/Stanford University via AP)

Coastal harm from invading saltwater ‘happening right now’

Nov. 23, 2020 1:48 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Four Native American tribes on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast requested United Nations assistance this year to force action by the U.S. government on invading salt. Their formal complaint cited “climate-forced displacement’’ and said saltwater had poisoned their...

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service in November 2020 shows a portion of the Red River flowing through a gorge in Kentucky. It is the state’s only federally designated wild and scenic river. A sharp increase in the number of visitors to the Red River Gorge in 2020 has the U.S. Forest Service considering changes that would improve safety and accessibility for people and add more protection for delicate wilderness areas, officials said. (U.S. Forest Service via AP)

Rush of visitors at Red River Gorge sparks call for changes

Nov. 9, 2020 5:17 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — One of Appalachia's most beloved natural attractions is becoming a victim of its own popularity. A sharp increase in the number of visitors to Kentucky's Red River Gorge has the U.S. Forest Service considering changes that would improve safety and accessibility for people and add...

Washington state forest plan deems watershed as a priority

Nov. 9, 2020 10:41 AM EST

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Department of Natural Resources has made public its forest action plan for the year and identified the Skagit River watershed as a priority. The department manages, protects and preserves millions of acres of forestland across the state. The five-year plan...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2020, file photom, Utah's Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Republican candidate for governor, speaks while debating Democratic candidate Chris Peterson in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

The Latest: Jay Inslee wins 3rd term as Washington governor

Nov. 4, 2020 2:26 AM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has been elected to a third term in Washington state, beating Republican challenger Loren Culp. Inslee is the first incumbent elected to a third term in the state in more than 40 years. Culp, police chief of the small town of Republic, campaigned in part against...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump talks with then California Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, left, during a visit to a neighborhood impacted by the wildfires in Paradise, Calif. Nearly two years ago President Trump ordered the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Interior to make federal lands less susceptible to catastrophic wildfires. But the agencies fell short of his goals in 2019, treating a combined 4.3 million acres — just over half of the 8.45 million acres the president sought. It was only slightly better than their average annual performance over nearly two decades, according to government data. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Federal agencies fall short of Trump forest protection goals

Oct. 31, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

Nearly two years ago, President Donald Trump stood amid the smoky ruins of Paradise, California, where he blamed the deadliest wildfire in the state's history on poor forest management. "You've got to take care of the floors, you know? The floors of the forest, very important," the president said. He ordered the...

735 acres of ancestral land returned to Penobscot Nation

Oct. 30, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — The private foundation that donated land for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine has returned 735 acres of ancestral land to the Penobscot Nation, officials said Friday. The land transferred from Elliotsville Foundation is located to the west of the town of...

FILE - In this July 31, 2013, file photo, tourists visiting the Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest are reflected in a pool of water as they make their way to Nugget Falls in Juneau, Alaska. The U.S. Forest Service announced plans Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, to lift restrictions on road building and logging in Tongass National Forest, a largely pristine rainforest in southeast Alaska that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. Conservation groups vowed to fight the decision. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Road, logging restrictions to end in largest national forest

Oct. 28, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The federal government announced plans Wednesday to lift restrictions on logging and building roads in a pristine rainforest in Alaska that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. Conservation groups vowed to fight the decision. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it has...

FILE - In this May 15, 2018 file photo, Alek Skarlatos, right, speaks at the Douglas County Republican Party headquarters in Roseburg, Ore. Skarlatos, who in 2015 helped thwart an attack by a gunman on a Paris-bound train, faces longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio in the November election. (Michael Sullivan/The News-Review via AP, File)

Paris train attack hero makes bid for Congress from Oregon

Oct. 26, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In 2015, Alek Skarlatos and two friends thwarted an attack by a gunman on a Paris-bound train, a dramatic and heroic action that was made into a movie by Clint Eastwood in which the trio starred as themselves. Now, Skarlatos, 28, is hoping to ride his moment of fame to get a seat in...

Researchers discover fossils of new species in Arizona

Oct. 15, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Researchers have discovered fossils of a tiny burrowing reptile among a vast expanse of petrified wood in eastern Arizona. The new species has been named Skybalonyx skapter, a part of a group known as drepanosaurs from the Triassic Period, about 220 million...