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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. ...

Invasive Japanese beetles threaten Yakima Valley growers

Sep. 14, 2021 08:23 AM EDT

GRANDVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Thousands of invasive Japanese beetles have been caught in the Lower Yakima Valley this summer and pose a threat to the agricultural industry. Last year, traps across the state caught three beetles. This year, more than 23,500 have been captured...

Emerald ash borer emergency declared in new area in Maine

Sep. 05, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

OXFORD, Maine (AP) — Maine is continuing to try to slow the spread of the invasive emerald ash borer with new restrictions. The Maine Forest Service has issued an emergency order preventing the movement of ash trees and products from areas including Norway, Oxford and...

Vermont says emerald ash borer continuing to spread in state

Aug. 31, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An insect pest that has the potential to devastate Vermont ash trees is continuing to spread across the state. A program that monitors the state looking for the spread of the emerald ash borer and other invasive pests says infestations have been...

Delaware school district going virtual during Firefly

Aug. 26, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Students in one Delaware school district will switch to virtual classes for two days next month during the Firefly Music Festival. Capital School District Superintendent Dr. Vilicia Cade announced this week that classes will be held virtually on Sept....

Fireflies rare in southern Arizona but, yes, there are some

Jul. 31, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The first flashes appeared as the sky grew dark behind a thick stand of cottonwood trees at Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. They started at ground level, in a marshy area where the tall grass had been flattened by a recent monsoon flood —...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jul. 30, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

Boston Herald. July 30, 2021. Editorial: Time for Senate to pass, not spike, betting bill House lawmakers are again putting the legalization of sports betting in the Senate’s court after overwhelmingly approving a bill that would allow that gaming...

Cargo ship ordered to leave US waters after insects found

Jul. 29, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

Federal agents near New Orleans ordered a cargo ship to leave the U.S. after an inspection found wood infested with a type of Asian beetle that has been destroying trees in the U.S. for about 25 years. They discovered the beetle in wood onboard the Pan Jasmine on July 17,...

What pairs with beetle? Startups seek to make bugs tasty

Jul. 15, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Tiziana Di Costanzo makes pizza dough from scratch, mixing together flour, yeast, a pinch of salt, a dash of olive oil and something a bit more unusual — ground acheta domesticus, better known as cricket powder. Di Costanzo is an edible insect...