- Firefighter killed, hundreds flee as California blazes burn Updated: Aug-01-15 5:25 pm
LOWER LAKE, California - Blazes raging in forests and woodlands across California have taken the life of a firefighter and forced hundreds of people to flee their homes as crews continue to battle the flames from the air and the ground.
- Ohio biologists: Proposed rules could put snakes in danger Updated: Aug-01-15 1:11 pm
LAURELVILLE, Ohio - Two southern Ohio biologists who are trying to help rattlesnakes say state forestry officials are pushing for changes that could hamper their work and endanger the snakes.
- Conservation officials buy 690 acres to extend forest Updated: Aug-01-15 9:46 am
LAKEVILLE, Massachusetts - The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has purchased 690 acres of land In Lakeville and Freetown to provide forest, swamp and grassland habitats for wildlife.
- Amid California drought, fears rise of trees dying, falling Updated: Jul-31-15 5:34 pm
LOS ANGELES - As Californians and the communities they live in cut back water use and let lawns turn brown, arborists and state officials are worrying about a potentially dangerous ripple effect: City trees going neglected and becoming diseased or even falling.
- Dredged materials dumped into Long Island Sound spur debate Updated: Jul-31-15 11:01 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - A long-simmering dispute over dumping dredged materials from rivers and harbors into Long Island Sound has flared up again with a new federal plan to govern disposal sites.
- Wyoming, Montana unsatisfied with federal sage grouse plan Updated: Jul-30-15 6:58 pm
HELENA, Montana - The governors of Wyoming and Montana say a federal plan to protect the greater sage grouse is far more restrictive than Western states' own programs to help the struggling species.
- EXCHANGE: Labels make everyone a tree expert at Rock Springs Updated: Jul-30-15 7:55 am
DECATUR, Illinois - Poet Joyce Kilmer wrote these immortal lines:
- High water, waves erode Chrysler Beach in Marysville Updated: Jul-29-15 4:19 am
MARYSVILLE, Michigan - Great Lakes water levels are rebounding from a slump that started in the 1990s, and that's causing problems for Barry Kreiner.
- Interstate gas pipeline re-routed to avoid fragile NY forest Updated: Jul-28-15 5:14 pm
ALBANY, New York - A section of the planned Constitution Pipeline, designed to bring natural gas to New York City and New England, has been redrawn to avoid a 1,000-acre private forest with fragile wetlands.
- Michigan Coastal Management Program gets $2.5 million Updated: Jul-28-15 12:37 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan Coastal Management Program is getting more than $2.5 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- Park fire probe concludes conditions were underestimated Updated: Jul-28-15 11:43 am
RAPID CITY, South Dakota - A report on a wildfire in Wind Cave National Park in April concludes the park underestimated how dry conditions would affect efforts to control an escaped fire.
- Reward offered for missing endangered Illinois turtle Updated: Jul-28-15 11:02 am
DEKALB, Illinois - A local attorney is offering a $250 reward for a male Blanding's turtle that scientists with Northern Illinois University have been tracking for about two years.
- Federal appeals court upholds California's shark fin ban Updated: Jul-27-15 7:59 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court Monday upheld a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins.
- Surprises boost costs of historic Reno bridge demolition Updated: Jul-27-15 4:40 pm
RENO, Nevada - Some unexpected discoveries beneath Reno's old Virginia Street Bridge are boosting the price of the demolition project, including some contaminated soil from the Truckee River bed and the granite foundation of a former bridge built in 1877.
- Hinds board issues burn ban through mid-August Updated: Jul-26-15 5:26 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The Hinds County Board of Supervisors has issued a burn ban through Aug. 19 because of a lack of rain and an increase in grass fires throughout the county.
- Wildfire watching: Rangers in towers are out, cameras are in Updated: Jul-26-15 3:17 pm
RENO, Nevada - For decades, forest rangers in wooden towers across the West scanned the horizon with binoculars for smoke that could signal the start of a wildfire.
- Commercial plant grower will appeal ruling in farmland case Updated: Jul-26-15 12:26 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - A state appellate court has upheld a ruling that found a commercial plant grower liable for the destruction of prime, preserved farmland he leveled to build hoophouses.
- Endangered butterfly recovering in some, not all, of range Updated: Jul-26-15 10:53 am
ALBANY, New York - More than 20 years of habitat restoration and breeding programs have helped the endangered Karner blue butterfly make a comeback in the pine barrens of upstate New York where it was discovered by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov decades ago.
- Officials celebrate opening of Virginia Tech dairy facility Updated: Jul-26-15 9:53 am
WHITETHORNE, Virginia - The cows haven't moved into the new Kentland Farm dairy science production facility yet, but plenty of people showed up on July 17 to see the new home of Virginia Tech's milking herd.
- Education dept. fined in connection to contaminated field Updated: Jul-24-15 2:46 pm
HONOLULU - The Hawaii Department of Education is disputing $4.1 million in fines connected to solid waste removal from a Honolulu high school track field that was found to be contaminated with lead and arsenic.
- 5 Maine conservation groups consider merging Updated: Jul-23-15 6:47 am
PORTLAND, Maine - Five midcoast Maine land conservation organizations are contemplating a merger they say would strengthen their efforts and reduce costs.
- Louisiana editorial roundup Updated: Jul-22-15 3:33 pm
Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers:
- Seney National Wildlife Refuge conducting prescribed burn Updated: Jul-22-15 8:53 am
SENEY, Michigan - The Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is holding its first prescribed burn of the year.
- Forestry Board weighs bigger logging buffers to cool streams Updated: Jul-21-15 5:17 pm
GRANTS PASS, Oregon - A state board is considering how much to increase the numbers of trees that must be left standing along small and medium streams on private timberlands to shade the water and keep it cool for salmon.
- Methane hot spot prompts delegation to ask for quick action Updated: Jul-20-15 4:10 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation on Monday pointed to a hot spot of the potent global-warming gas methane over part of the American Southwest, saying federal officials need to move quickly on reviewing new rules for curbing waste in oil and gas production.