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Hong Kong's last sawmill faces closure amid development plan

Aug. 06, 2022 00:29 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Chi Kee Sawmill & Timber, Hong Kong’s last operating sawmill, has been processing timber in the city for 75 years. Soon the family-run factory near the territory's border with mainland China might be forced to shut down as part of a development project: it...

US to plant 1 billion trees as climate change kills forests

Jul. 25, 2022 20:03 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday said the government will plant more than one billion trees across millions of acres of burned and dead woodlands in the U.S. West, as officials struggle to counter the increasing toll on the nation's forests from wildfires, insects and...

Attorney pleads guilty in timber investment fraud scheme

Jul. 14, 2022 18:41 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi attorney has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud investors in a multimillion-dollar timber investment scheme. Jon Darrell Seawright, 50, of Jackson, entered the plea Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves. ...

Big landowner closing California forests due to fire danger

Jun. 27, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

ANDERSON, Calif. (AP) — Swaths of private California forestlands will be closed to the public starting this week due to extreme drought and risk of wildfires, the owner announced. Sierra Pacific Industries said the closure will take effect July 1 and will remain in effect until...

Mexican government prodding its farmers to grow more food

Jun. 14, 2022 11:34 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The corn has begun to sprout on the hillsides south of Mexico’s capital, though it’s unclear whether these shoots will have enough water to grow or whether the farmer will be able to afford the increasingly expensive fertilizer. What is known is that the...

Ford turns timber harvest into donation to fire department

Jun. 10, 2022 04:03 AM EDT

GLENDALE, Ky. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has awarded a volunteer fire department more than $40,000 raised from the sale of timber harvested at the future site of twin electric vehicle battery plants in Kentucky. The donation to the Glendale Volunteer Fire Department totaled $41,589,...

Minnesota tribe to get 28,000 acres back

Jun. 09, 2022 09:55 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota tribe is set to get back 28,000 acres that the federal government sold off in the 19th century. Minnesota Public Radio reported Wednesday that the land is within the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa’s reservation but the tribe lost title to it after the...

FBI warns businesses in 8 Southern states of fraud scheme

Jun. 06, 2022 13:27 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The FBI in North Carolina is warning businesses in eight states about a scheme in which people are using stolen credit card numbers to make large purchases by telephone. A news release from the agency's Charlotte Division on Monday says victims have been...

Immersed in crisis, Peru neglects Amazon's destruction

Jun. 02, 2022 21:50 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Peru has descended into one of the worst political crises in its history and protection of its Amazon rainforest is failing, according to a report published Thursday. Peru is home to the second-largest portion of the Amazon rainforest after Brazil. The country had pledged to...

Sheriff: Fire destroys Townsend lumber mill facing sale

May. 27, 2022 16:27 PM EDT

TOWNSEND, Mont. (AP) — A fire destroyed a closed lumber mill in Townsend less than a month before its buildings and equipment were to be sold at auction, Broadwater County Sheriff Wynn Meehan said Friday. The fire was reported at 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the RY Timber mill and the...