Wildfire management project set for east Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal conservation officials say a watershed restoration and forestry management project is planned in a large section of east Tennessee.
Maine proposes full quarantine to stop destructive moth
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine forestry officials are proposing a full quarantine to stop the spread of a species of moth that is one of the most destructive forest pests in the country.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is calling in the National Guard for the first time next month to help protect communities from devastating fires like the one that largely destroyed the city...
New Mexico forestry division gets first woman leader
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An associate director with The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico has been chosen as the first woman to lead the state forestry division.
Tornadoes did nearly $5.9 million damage to timberland
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Forestry Commission estimates timber losses caused by deadly tornadoes on March 3 at nearly $5.9 million.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's forestry agency is working with federal, local and private organizations to increase logging on national forests to improve forest health and decrease the risk of...
DENVER (AP) — Colorado forestry officials say the state's spruce beetle infestation worsened in 2018.
The Colorado State Forest Service said Thursday the pest was active on 278 square miles...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University's Agricultural Center and its medical marijuana growing partner illegally moved their cannabis crop into the school's primary growing facility, a...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 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...
LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Officials say nearly half of the trees surveyed in Las Vegas are in poor condition or dead.
The Las Vegas Optic reports state forestry officials told residents this...
Class on how to spot forest pest held at Acadia
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The National Park Service and Maine officials are holding an event at Acadia National Park to help people learn to look for an invasive forest pest that has been found in...
New York seeks tax law input from forest landowners
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials are planning a series of public meetings to give forest landowners the opportunity to have their say on the state's forest tax law program.
Aerial seeding part of wildfire restoration effort near Elko
ELKO, Nev. (AP) — State officials are seeding private land in northeast Nevada as part of a restoration project following a wildfire last summer that burned more than 5 square miles (13 sq....
Official apologizes for edible CBD confusion
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine official is apologizing for the widespread confusion caused after health officials ordered edible products containing CBD, or cannabidiol, to be removed from...
Senate confirms governor’s agriculture department nominee
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Senate has confirmed the governor's final cabinet nominee who will lead the department that oversees agriculture.
State signs $2M timber sale contract for southeast Alaska
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The state has signed a $2.1 million contract with ALCAN Timber Inc. for a timber sale on state and federal forest land in southeast Alaska.
The timber sale includes about 481 acres (195 hectares) within the Southeast State Forest and Tongass National Forest on the northwest end of Gravina Island, the Ketchikan Daily News reported Saturday.
City of Des Moines again offering free trees to residents
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines residents are again eligible to get free trees seedlings this year.
The city of Des Moines' Forestry Division is offering the trees to all city residents. The annual Tiny Trees program has distributed 12,000 free trees since it launched in 2016.
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Indonesia land-burning fines unpaid years after fires
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian plantation companies fined for burning huge areas of land since 2009 have failed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties meant to hold them accountable for actions that took a devastating environmental and human toll.
Committee advances governor’s final cabinet nominee
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A legislative committee is backing the Maine governor's pick to lead the state's department that oversees agriculture.
The Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry on Thursday unanimously voted to advance Democratic Gov. Janet Mills' nomination of Amanda Beal, who's served as president of the Maine Farmland Trust since 2016.
Report: Fewer trees died off in California in 2018
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 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 where they can serve as fuel for wildfires.
Oklahoma, Texas panhandles face high fire danger
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Forestry officials say conditions in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles are ideal for sparking wildfires.
Oklahoma Forestry Service officials say danger levels are high Monday in western Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Panhandle.
The Texas A&M Forest Service says the Texas Panhandle and parts of western Texas also face a high risk of wildfires. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports conditions are abnormally dry in the areas.
State forestry division expands wildfire protection area
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Department of Natural Resources says its forestry division has expanded its Forest Fire Protection Area to now include all parts of 43 counties in the state.
The expanded area also contains roughly 580 fire departments for an increase of more than 250 departments.
Kansas officials teach residential wildfire preparedness
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The home of Tom and Dr. Christine Sanders in the Jupiter Hills subdivision north of Hutchinson was an excellent example for firefighters and forestry experts. The home was used to point to recently during a residential wildfire preparedness workshop to help a handful of Sandhills residents visualize a "fire wise" home.
Company sues Louisiana agriculture agency over pot testing
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A New Orleans-based company is suing the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry over the agency's testing of medical marijuana.
Maine coastal projects to receive boost from the state
STONINGTON, Maine (AP) — A project to assess the flooding vulnerability of one of Maine's most important lobstering ports is among a slate of improvements that will receive state funding.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says it has awarded nearly $270,000 in its latest round of coastal community grants. The grants are designed to help coastal areas reduce flooding, restore fishery habitat and protect working waterfronts.
Mexican president launches ambitious forestry, orchard plan
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador launched an ambitious forestry program Friday to plant fruit and timber trees, as well as cacao and coffee, on nearly 1.5 million acres (570,000 hectares) in the country's south.
The government program will pay farmers a wage of about $250 per month to care for plots averaging about 6 acres (2.5 hectares).
Forestry company pulls request to use toxic pesticide in NC
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — An Australian-owned forestry company will no longer seek to use a highly toxic, heavily restricted pesticide at a North Carolina fumigation site.
The StarNews of Wilmington reports that the state Department of Environmental Quality said Malec Brothers Transport will use debarking methods instead of methyl bromide to prepare logs at its Columbus County site.
California seeks faster forestry approvals in wildfire fight
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — 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.
Frustration, few timelines on Louisiana medical marijuana
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Frustrated Louisiana patients waiting for medical marijuana to appear in regional pharmacies received updates Monday on the lengthy regulatory and testing process, but few timelines for when they'll gain access to medicinal-grade pot to treat chronic conditions.
Maine State Parks set a record for attendance in 2018
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say the state set a record for attendance at its state parks last year.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Bureau of Parks and Lands says Maine State Parks logged nearly 3 million visits in 2018. There are 48 state parks and historic sites in Maine.
Fewer Arizona wildfires in 2018 and big drop in acres burned
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona had fewer wildfires and a dramatic reduction in the number of acres burned during 2018 compared with the previous year.
The Department of Forestry and Fire Management says there were 2,000 fires on private, state, federal and tribal lands in 2018, down from 2,205 in 2017, a decrease of 9 percent.
AP Photos: Furloughed government worker juggles odd jobs
HEMET, California (AP) — Furloughed U.S. Forest Service worker Chris George has never been busier.
He scrambles daily to do handywork and small remodeling jobs at homes in the hardscrabble desert town of Hemet, east of Los Angeles. In between, he works for Lyft, spending up to 10 hours in the car just to make $100.
Plan to quarantine invasive forest pest up for hearings
SPRINGVALE, Maine (AP) — Maine forest managers are holding public hearings about a plan to use a quarantine to stop the movement of an invasive forest pest that can cause havoc for the state's timber industry.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry wants to use the quarantine to contain the emerald ash borer. The new rule is designed to prevent the pest's movement in firewood, ash logs, ash wood products and other products from northern Aroostook and York counties.
Maine to award grants for local forestry projects
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine is awarding $90,000 to local governments and groups around the state for community forestry programs as part of its Project Canopy effort.
Rural fire departments fear funding issues during shutdown
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma officials anticipate problems with funding the state's rural firefighting services if the partial federal government shutdown persists.
Farmland trust leader to take over as Maine ag commissioner
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor says she is nominating the president of the Maine Farmland Trust to serve as the new leader of the state's department that oversees agriculture.
Democratic Gov. Janet Mills says Amanda Beal is fit to be the next commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Beal has served as president of the farmland trust since 2016. Mills said in that position Beal has focused on sustainability and keeping generational farmland in production.
Feedback sought on plan to manage rural Maine land
BINGHAM, Maine (AP) — Maine is looking for the public's feedback about how to better manage tens of thousands of acres of rural land and woods.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Bureau of Parks and Lands is working on the final draft of a management plan about the state's Upper Kennebec region. The plan will steer the way the bureau manages areas such as Sugar Island Public Reserved Lands and undeveloped state park areas.
Maine seeks ideas how to spend Farm Bill conservation money
UNION, Maine (AP) — Agriculture officials in Maine are looking for farmers, foresters and others to come forward with ideas about how to spend conservation funds from the federal Farm Bill in the state.
Maine to prioritize sales with round of agriculture grants
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is looking for applications for the agricultural grants the state uses to increase sales for farms.
The development grants are used for things like market promotion, market research and value-added processing. Public agencies, farms, private firms and non-profit organizations are all eligible to apply.
Hawaii plans to extend trial run of Kauai pig hunting
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii officials are planning to issue additional permits and extend the six-month trial period of pig hunting in a mountain area on Kauai.
The state had issued permits to 39 hunters, resulting in 13 feral pigs being harvested from Nounou Mountain during the trial hunt that ran through November, The Garden Island reported Thursday.
State medical pot tests cause conflict of interest concerns
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's only operating medical marijuana grower is concerned about the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry's plan to test the crop itself instead of using third-party laboratories.
Officials: Oregon timber at risk from North Carolina insect
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A non-native insect that entered Oregon this fall on Christmas trees harvested in North Carolina has the potential to harm Oregon's timber economy, officials say.
The elongate hemlock scale is less than a quarter inch (2 millimeters) long and hides on the bottom of needles, where it feeds, Wyatt Williams of the Oregon Department of Forestry said.
Commission names new Mississippi state forester
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Russell Bozeman is Mississippi's new state forester.
The Mississippi Forestry Commission announced Bozeman's appointment on Friday, taking effect Saturday. He had been leading the agency on an interim basis since Charlie Morgan, the previous state forester, resigned in October after a DUI arrest.
The Forestry Commission works to protect and manage forests, fight wildfires and track forest resources.
S. Indiana county seeks more time on clearing of forest land
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Officials in a southern Indiana county want more time to comment on a U.S. Forest Service proposal to clear land within the Hoosier National Forest.
The Monroe County Council last week approved asking forestry officials for another 30-day public comment period when the current comment period ends Dec. 26.
Report details firefighters’ harrowing work in Paradise
On the first day fighting the deadly Northern California wildfire that destroyed the city of Paradise last month, a crew setting a back burn to stop the blaze was suddenly overrun by flames when erratic winds suddenly shifted.
Official: California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state's top firefighter says.
11 urban forestry projects to share nearly $90,000 in grants
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Grants worth nearly $90,000 are being awarded to 11 urban forestry projects in Michigan.
The state says the competitive grant program pays for projects that create and sustain local programs. It's a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service.
Scientists test new concrete with tiny wood particles in SC
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A parking lot in South Carolina is being used to test a new type of concrete infused with microscopic particles of wood.
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities owns the parking lot in Greenville and is partnering with federal officials, Oregon State University and Purdue University to test the material.