- California panel mandates low-water lawns on new buildings Updated: May-29-15 8:34 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Driven by a historic drought, California regulators on Friday mandated that lawns and other landscaping on new and renovated homes and buildings across the parched state guzzle less water.
- Plant's resurgence raises concern at East Lake Okoboji Updated: May-29-15 3:23 pm
OKOBOJI, Iowa - Authorities say they have few options to control the resurgence of an invasive plant that may return next year in one of Iowa's Great Lakes.
- Minnesota Power to plant 3 million trees over next decade Updated: May-29-15 10:47 am
TACONITE HARBOR, Minnesota - Minnesota Power plans to spend $1.5 million to plant 3 million trees over the next decade.
- Hundreds of trees in park set for removal due to disease Updated: May-28-15 8:03 am
CANNON TOWNSHIP, Michigan - Hundreds of trees have been marked for removal at a popular western Michigan park because of disease.
- Black bear captured sleeping under aspen tree in Casper Updated: May-27-15 11:38 pm
CASPER, Wyoming - Wildlife officials captured a young black bear sleeping under an aspen tree after it led them on a daylong chase through east Casper.
- Madison college students create algae-removal system Updated: May-27-15 12:38 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - A system that clears up surface-level algae by slurping it away and depositing it into a dumpster will make its debut this summer in Madison lakes.
- Algae blooms add to problems at central Ohio lake Updated: May-26-15 6:50 pm
BUCKEYE LAKE, Ohio - A central Ohio lake where a faulty dam and lowered water levels are already biting into the summer economy now has another problem: algae blooms.
- US Army Corps of Engineers stops blue-green algae advisories Updated: May-26-15 2:41 pm
EUGENE, Oregon - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will no longer send out warnings about potentially toxic blue-green algae blooms in the Oregon lakes it manages.
- Cottonwoods dotting Zion National Park dying out Updated: May-25-15 4:13 pm
ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah - Cottonwood trees dotting the red rock landscape of southern Utah's Zion National Park could die out in 30 to 50 years, according to a National Park Service hydrologist.
- Destructive ash borer beetle advancing in St. Louis area Updated: May-25-15 12:07 pm
ST. LOUIS - A green beetle blamed for the destruction of tens of millions of ash trees in 25 states is advancing in the St. Louis area, having turned up in the suburbs and now the city itself.
- Stringing an emerald necklace of islands Updated: May-25-15 12:14 am
SARASOTA, Florida - It's a five-minute paddle from the North Siesta Key Bridge to Edwards Island.
- California city imports recycled water for trees Updated: May-24-15 3:14 pm
LA CANADA-FLINTRIDGE, California - A Southern California city plans to import recycled water by the truckload to keep the trees and plants in its street medians green.
- Man dies after car leaves road, strikes tree Updated: May-24-15 10:44 am
EAST PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Police believe speed may have contributed to a crash that left a 23-year-old man dead in East Providence.
- Search commences for state of Michigan's Christmas tree Updated: May-24-15 4:05 am
LANSING, Michigan - The planting season has begun, and so has the planning season for Michigan's next Christmas tree.
- Agencies fight weeds to help sage grouse in Wyoming Updated: May-22-15 7:05 am
LANDER, Wyoming - State and federal land management agencies are teaming up with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and others to keep invasive plants out of sage grouse habitat.
- Agencies launch effort to reduce fires in sagebrush steppe Updated: May-21-15 4:41 pm
BOISE, Idaho - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management as well as other federal and state agencies are starting a public information campaign intended to reduce human-caused fires in sagebrush steppe areas in Idaho.
- North Dakota officials raise awareness of emerald ash borer Updated: May-21-15 12:31 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - State and local officials in North Dakota this week are trying to raise awareness of the emerald ash borer.
- Boulder County prepares plan to manage ash borer infestation Updated: May-21-15 5:04 am
BOULDER, Colorado - Boulder County officials have begun preparing a multi-year plan to manage the threat a beetle called the emerald ash borer poses to the health of ash trees on county-managed properties.
- Museum's stolen bonsai tree recovered, but severely pruned Updated: May-20-15 1:53 pm
FEDERAL WAY, Washington - A valuable bonsai tree stolen from a Federal Way museum has been recovered, but museum officials say it doesn't look the same after it was severely pruned.
- Forest Service sees hope in battle against bat disease Updated: May-20-15 11:49 am
ST. LOUIS - Officials with the U.S. Forest Service are cautiously optimistic that a new treatment may help bats survive a disease known as white-nose syndrome that has killed millions of bats.
- Bear that enthralled Louisiana neighborhood takes his leave Updated: May-19-15 6:28 pm
NEW ORLEANS - A roving black bear that spent more than a week in a central Louisiana neighborhood has wandered away in search of a new home.
- Government releases fire plan to protect struggling bird Updated: May-19-15 6:11 pm
BOISE, Idaho - A federal wildfire strategy released Tuesday aims to protect the West's sagebrush country that is home to a struggling bird species whose potential listing as a threatened or endangered species already has delayed energy projects and oil and gas deals.
- Federal agency drops advisories about reservoir algae blooms Updated: May-19-15 2:47 pm
MEDFORD, Oregon - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will no longer issue advisories against swimming or otherwise using the water during blue-green algae blooms in the 11 Oregon reservoirs it manages.
- Biologists blame fungus for low fish numbers in Clark Fork Updated: May-19-15 1:26 pm
BUTTE, Montana - Fish biologists are blaming the saprolegnia fungus for low brown trout numbers in the Clark Fork River downstream of Warm Springs Ponds.
- After a Cannes drubbing, Van Sant reflects on 'Sea of Trees' Updated: May-18-15 5:07 pm
CANNES, France - The full-throated passions of the Cannes Film Festival can elevate, just as they can humble. As the Palme d'Or winner in 2003 for his school-shooting drama "Elephant," Gus Van Sant has basked in the festival's sunny glow, just as he has, this year, experienced its cold shoulder.