Bald eagle lays egg in Southern California mountains

California 03/07/19, 17:08

An egg has been laid in a nest shared by two bald eagles in Southern California and nature lovers will anxiously watch for the hatching via an online live feed .U.S. Forest Service biologist Robin Eliason said Wednesday that the parents will share incubation duties for the next month or ...

California officials focus on forest management after fires

California 03/05/19, 20:19

After successive years of devastating wildfires, California's fire agency announced a plan Tuesday that would dramatically increase the removal of dead trees and other forest management efforts with the help of the National Guard. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection released a list of 35 priority fuel-reduction projects it ...

Developer gets OK for road on public land at remote ski area

Business 02/27/19, 18:10

A company that wants to build residences and businesses at a remote Colorado ski area has received permission from the U.S. Forest Service to construct an access road across public land.Wednesday's decision was the latest milestone in a 33-year battle between the developer and environmentalists over the scenic landscape around ...

UK wildfires rip through “Winnie the Pooh” forest

Europe 02/27/19, 07:00

Unseasonably warm and dry weather have fueled fires in Britain, with blazes at Ashdown Forest — made famous by the "Winnie the Pooh" books — as well as West Yorkshire's Saddleworth Moor and Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh.Crews extinguished two wildfires in East Sussex's Ashdown Forest, the inspiration for the fictional ...

Hurricanes create natural climate change labs in Puerto Rico

Science 02/21/19, 00:00

The hurricanes that pounded Puerto Rico in 2017, blasting away most of its forest cover, may give scientists clues to how the world will respond to climate change and increasingly severe weather.Researchers at El Yunque, the only tropical rain forest overseen by the U.S. Forest Service, are running controlled studies ...

Helicopters haul logs for Flagstaff forest thinning project

Health 02/17/19, 13:03

Helicopter flights over Flagstaff are common, particularly with the local hospital being northern Arizona's only top-tier trauma center, but the cargo of some of the helicopters buzzing over Flagstaff these days consists of logs, not people.The logs are the product of forest thinning intended to help reduce the severity of ...

Report: Fewer trees died off in California in 2018

California 02/11/19, 17:42

Federal forestry officials say the die-off of trees in California forests slowed in 2018 thanks in part to the state receiving more rain.But the U.S. Forest Service warned Monday that dead trees continue to pose a hazard to people and infrastructure, especially in the central and southern Sierra Nevada regions ...

California seeks faster forestry approvals in wildfire fight

California 01/29/19, 21:18

California wildland managers said Tuesday that they want to speed up logging and prescribed burns designed to slow wildfires that have devastated communities in recent years. After the deadliest and most destructive blazes in state history, officials are scrapping 12 years of efforts and starting anew on creating a single environmental ...

Gisele Bundchen fires back in feud with Brazilian Minister

Science 01/17/19, 16:49

Brazilian supermodel turned environmental activist Gisele Bundchen is pushing back against the agricultural minister in her homeland, along the way wading into a growing debate about the future of the Amazon.The brouhaha began Monday when Minister Tereza Cristina Dias accused Bundchen of tainting the country's image abroad. During a radio ...

Gladys Porter Zoo in Texas announces rare birds displayed

Texas 01/16/19, 12:41

Two rare endangered tropical birds named Petey and Millie have a new home at a South Texas zoo.Officials with the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville have announced the rhinoceros hornbills are now on display. Officials say it's been 45 years since the zoo had any rainforest-dwelling rhinoceros hornbills, known for ...

Trapping ban urged for cat-sized forest predators in Montana

U.S. 01/15/19, 17:01

Wildlife advocates are asking Montana officials to ban trapping along much of the state's border with Idaho to protect a cat-sized predator living in old-growth forests.Representatives of five environmental groups said in a petition submitted Tuesday to Montana wildlife commissioners that trapping is a serious threat to the Northern Rockies ...

Update: California’s McCarthy backs Trump fire comments

California 01/09/19, 16:23

The Latest on Trump's comments on California wildfires (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Republican U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is defending President Donald Trump's comments that California isn't doing a good enough job managing its forests. McCarthy, of California, says he agrees with Trump that better forest management could mitigate California's deadly ...

Trump, California spar over money for wildfire relief funds

California 01/09/19, 13:26

President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to withhold money to help California cope with wildfires a day after new Gov. Gavin Newsom asked him to double the federal investment in forest management. Trump once again suggested poor forest management is to blame for California's deadly wildfires and said he's ordered the Federal ...

Forest Whitaker files for divorce from Keisha Nash-Whitaker

Entertainment 12/27/18, 20:39

Forest Whitaker has filed for divorce from his wife of 22 years, Keisha Nash-Whitaker.The 57-year-old "Black Panther" actor cites irreconcilable differences in the divorce filing Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The brief document says the exact value of the couple's assets and debts are unclear and will be ...

Forest Service taking comments on Idaho open-pit mine plan

U.S. 12/26/18, 18:04

The U.S. Forest Service is taking comments and holding a public meeting on proposed exploratory drilling for an open-pit molybdenum mine being considered in Boise National Forest in Idaho.The meeting comes two years after a federal judge rejected a previous Forest Service environmental assessment as lacking information about a rare ...

Sierra off-roaders sue US over grouse in Nevada, California

California 12/24/18, 14:44

Off-road vehicle enthusiasts are suing the U.S. Forest Service over the bistate sage grouse in Nevada and California, arguing that a protection plan enacted this year could increase fire danger across rangeland habitat of the bird already proposed for threatened status. The California Four Wheel Drive Association and off-road groups in ...

Croak to croon: City frogs sing more alluring love songs

Science 12/10/18, 11:09

City frogs and rainforest frogs don't sing the same tune, researchers have found.A study released Monday examined why Panama's tiny tungara frogs adapt their mating calls in urban areas — an unexpected example of how animals change communication strategies when cities encroach on forests.These frogs take advantage of the relative ...

Scientists warn new Brazil president may smother rainforest

World 11/26/18, 16:17

Scientists warn that Brazil's president-elect could push the Amazon rainforest past its tipping point, with severe consequences for global climate and rainfall.In this March 10, 2018 photo released by Ibama, the Brazilian Environmental and Renewable Natural Resources Institute, agents from Ibama measure illegally cut timber from Cachoeira Seca indigenous land ...

Cuban doctors land in Havana after program ends with Brazil

America 11/23/18, 12:48

A first group of Cuban doctors who treated impoverished patients in Brazil have returned to Havana as both countries end a program that saw thousands of doctors dispatched to areas including the Amazon rainforest.Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, center, speaks to Cuban doctors upon their return to Havana, Cuba, Friday, Nov. ...

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