77-foot tree installed at New York City’s Rockefeller Center

New York 11/09/19, 13:44

A Norway spruce that was purchased as a sapling 60 years ago has been installed at New York City's Rockefeller Center as the anchor of the upcoming Christmas festivities. The 77-foot (23.5-meter) tree from the village of Florida, New York, was lifted into place Saturday. Carol Schultz bought the sapling in 1959 ...

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has been harvested

New York 11/07/19, 13:44

A Norway spruce that years ago was displayed on its owner's coffee table will soon rise in a much grander setting: the middle of Rockefeller Center. Carol Schultz bought the sapling for the 1959 Christmas season. After displaying it in her home in the village of Florida, New York, she planted ...

Girl Scout, 11, killed by falling tree at Indiana camp

U.S. 06/25/19, 16:20

An 11-year-old Girl Scout was fatally injured when a tree suddenly fell on her and three others as they hiked along a gravel road at a southern Indiana campground, authorities said. It was raining when deputies arrived at Camp Koch about 11:30 a.m. Monday but there had been no severe weather ...

New Jersey town’s nearly 600-year-old oak tree falls down

U.S. 06/07/19, 17:22

A 600-year-old oak tree known as the tallest one in New Jersey has uprooted.The Salem oak came down Thursday evening, drawing people to mourn its loss.The Salem Religious Society of Friends owns the tree and a graveyard that surrounds it. Society member Jim Waddington tells NJ.com the tree has been ...

Update: Downed trees stop New York-Pittsburgh train

New York 05/29/19, 16:41

The Latest on severe weather in Pennsylvania (all times local):5:30 p.m.An Amtrak train from New York to Pittsburgh is stopped in central Pennsylvania because trees are down along its route.Business owners and workers assess flood damage as they to start cleanup, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Harmony, Pa. More storms ...

Weathered Winchester rifle found in Nevada park has new home

U.S. 05/26/19, 10:05

A 137-year-old rifle found five years ago leaning against a juniper tree in Great Basin National Park in Nevada is now part of an exhibit dedicated to the "Forgotten Winchester" at the park visitor center near the Utah border.The weathered Winchester Model 1873 is in a case designed to capture ...

2,000 cherry trees destroyed at ex-49er’s California orchard

Sports 05/19/19, 14:11

Former San Francisco 49ers center Jeremy Newberry says vandals have destroyed nearly half of the 4,000 cherry trees recently planted at his Northern California orchard.Newberry tells the San Francisco Chronicle that a worker at his Newberry Cherry Farm arrived May 15 to find 2,000 new trees plucked from their roots ...

California couple to pay nearly $600,000 for uprooting tree

U.S. 05/08/19, 19:25

A California judge ordered a couple to pay nearly $600,000 for uprooting a 180-year-old oak tree that later died and causing other damage to a protected property about an hour north of San Francisco. The damage was discovered in 2014, when a concerned neighbor reported heavy equipment and digging on a ...

Saving a river chapel sprung from a vision of God

U.S. 05/07/19, 00:14

Among the gum and cypress trees of a southeastern Louisiana swamp, where Spanish moss hangs from the branches and bald eagles and osprey fly overhead, sits a little chapel called Our Lady of Blind River — the legacy of one woman's faith.The one-room chapel was built decades ago after Martha ...

Isle Royale moose population surges during wolf decline

U.S. 04/30/19, 10:00

Moose are thriving at Isle Royale National Park, but the trees on which they feast are paying a heavy price, scientists reported Tuesday.An estimated 2,060 of the lumbering beasts roam the island wilderness, according to a report by Michigan Technological University researchers who spend weeks there each winter observing the ...

Update: Oklahoma City bombing Survivor Tree DNA lives on

Science 04/19/19, 15:46

The Latest on efforts to sustain a tree symbolizing hope following the Oklahoma City bombing (all times local):3:30 p.m.Science and technology are helping Oklahoma City to sustain the DNA of a tree symbolizing hope 24 years after the deadliest act of domestic terrorism on U.S. soil.Mark Bays, right, a forester ...

Oklahoma City bombing ‘Survivor Tree’ DNA to live on

Science 04/18/19, 23:13

Oklahoma City is using science and technology to sustain the DNA and spirit of a tree symbolizing hope 24 years after the deadliest act of domestic terrorism on U.S. soil.As part of an annual remembrance of the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing, civic leaders on Friday plan to transplant ...

Wildlife experts, snorkeler free owl trapped in fishing line

U.S. 04/12/19, 20:20

A barred owl caught a lucky break when a snorkeler banded with wildlife officials to rescue the bird from a fishing line tangled in trees above the James River in Missouri.Bill Hulsebus was visiting the Springfield Conservation Nature Center last week when he came across the injured owl, dangling by ...

Chicago company ditches Battle Creek tree farm project

Enviroment 04/11/19, 12:06

A project to turn empty southern Michigan land where a school once stood into a sprawling tree farm and flower garden has been abandoned.Greenprint Partners recently returned the vacant 2 acres (0.8 hectares) in Battle Creek to the city and school district, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported. The Chicago-based environmental ...

Photos of Miley Cyrus raise concern about Joshua trees

U.S. 04/03/19, 16:25

Social media photos showing Miley Cyrus posing in a Joshua tree have drawn criticism from people concerned about protecting the iconic desert species. The photos posted this week on Instagram were captioned "Looking down at all the petty drama like...." and "Monkey Bizzzzznassssss" but gave no specific location. The Desert Sun newspaper ...

Creeping floodwaters threaten Washington’s cherry blossoms

U.S. 04/03/19, 15:50

Washington's cherry blossom season has gone well this year, thanks to warm weather that has coincided perfectly with the annual blooming that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each spring.But officials are claiming that Washington's iconic trees are under a looming threat that requires emergency action.Decades of wear and tear ...

Nashville mayor: Trees will be relocated for NFL draft stage

Football 03/30/19, 19:04

The city of Nashville won't cut down 21 ornamental cherry trees to make space for an NFL draft stage, Mayor David Briley said Saturday.In a news release, Briley said he had informed the NFL and Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. that they will have to remove the trees intact and ...

Sticky fingers: Syrup maker says 140 sap buckets were stolen

U.S. 03/28/19, 13:59

One Vermont maple syrup maker's season isn't so sweet after 140 of his sap-collecting buckets were stolen off maple trees.The thief or thieves struck twice at two different spots along a road in the northwestern part of the state, making off with the steel buckets, according to Fred Hopkins, of ...

PG&E objects to judge’s proposals to prevent wildfires

U.S. 03/22/19, 19:57

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pushed back Friday on a U.S. judge's revised proposals to prevent the utility's equipment from causing more wildfires, saying it could not "monitor every tree at every moment of every day" to ensure they don't pose a threat to its electric lines in violation of ...

Squirrels are damaging some maple syrup operations

Business 03/14/19, 14:10

Maple syrup producers have more than the weather to worry about. Frenetic squirrels are chomping on equipment, crimping the flow of sap at some operations.Damage from wildlife — deer, bear woodpeckers, and squirrels — is not unusual for maple producers, but this year an abundant population of squirrels is disrupting ...

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