Latest Forests News

Sequoia National Park's giant trees at risk as fires grow

Sep. 15, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews moved to ramp up the battle Wednesday against two expanding forest fires threatening Sequoia National Park’s giant sequoia trees and infrastructure. The Colony and Paradise fires, ignited by lightning strikes last week,...

Climate change, logging collide -- and a forest shrinks

Sep. 15, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

CUSTER CITY, S.D. (AP) — Looking down a hillside dotted with large stumps and nearly devoid of trees, a pair of retired U.S. Forest Service employees lamented logging policies they helped craft to deal with two harbingers of climate change -- pine beetles and wildfires. ...

Fires shut Sequoia National Park, could threaten huge trees

Sep. 15, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Sequoia National Park is shut down, its namesake gigantic trees potentially threatened by two forest fires burning in steep and dangerous terrain in California’s Sierra Nevada. Both fires were projected to advance in the direction...

Children a big part of migration through perilous Darien Gap

Sep. 14, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

NECOCLI, Colombia (AP) — Every day, at least 500 migrants from around the world sail out of Necocli, a small town on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, across the Gulf of Uraba to the village of Acandi, to start a week-long trek through the jungle that takes them into Panama — the next stop on...

US Forest Service OKs Swan Valley forest, habitat plan

Sep. 13, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has given preliminary approval to a plan for road-building, logging and other forest management measures in Montana's Swan Valley with the goal of reducing fire danger and enhancing habitat for several federally protected species, the agency...

Authorities say 67% of northern Minnesota wildfire contained

Sep. 12, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

ISABELLA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities said Sunday that a vast majority of the Greenwood Lake wildfire in northern Minnesota is contained, one month after lighting ignited the blaze in the Superior National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service reported that the nearly...

Spanish wildfire kills 1 firefighter, forces evacuations

Sep. 09, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A worsening wildfire that kept advancing through forest land and prompted the evacuation of nearly 1,000 residents has claimed the life of one firefighter, authorities in southern Spain said late Thursday. The blaze in a mountain range of the Malaga...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Sep. 08, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

Sept. 6 The Boston Herald on how the Afghan war has reshaped U.S., the world: Is America safer after its 20-year war on terrorism in Afghanistan has resulted in the Taliban’s victory? The answer, like the war itself, is muddled. The lack of...

Biochar ambassadors hope to save fire-ravaged Methow

Sep. 07, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

In mid-summer, fires were burning on both sides of the Methow River. Air quality was bad enough to make national news. In better times, Central Washington’s Methow Valley is a destination for world-class climbing, hiking and skiing. It’s remote. It’s beautiful. But like much of the...

West Yellowstone woman has staffed fire lookout for 25 years

Sep. 06, 2021 08:11 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The trail along Straight Creek climbs gradually for nearly 3 miles, plodding above small waterfalls, riffles and pools before making a beeline to a shallow ford. The ease of the hike to that point is quickly replaced by a 2-mile juggernaut of...