- North Carolina pair survive 5 days in New Zealand wilderness Updated: May-02-16 5:11 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - An American exchange student and her mother were rescued over the weekend in the New Zealand wilderness, where they were lost for five days after setting off on a day hike. A helicopter pilot spotted the large "help" signs they had made from fern fronds.
- Monarch solution: Hagerstown garden to help butterflies Updated: May-01-16 9:01 am
FREDERICK, Maryland - It's a small garden as public gardens go, but Sandy Sagalkin hopes it has a big impact on the public.
- Officials raise concerns about threats to Iowa trees Updated: Apr-30-16 4:39 pm
BURLINGTON, Iowa - City officials in Burlington are concerned about the city's trees following a wave of plant diseases and unusually wet weather in recent years that has loosened the soil's grip on root systems.
- Sagebrush project creates landscape of cooperation Updated: Apr-30-16 12:15 pm
RUSH VALLEY, Utah - The distrust and ongoing litigation often entrenched in the relationship between the federal government and the state of Utah over public lands management was nowhere to be found among the sagebrush in Tooele County recently.
- Failing Florida treatment plant pumped sewage into mangroves Updated: Apr-30-16 9:32 am
EVERGLADES CITY, Florida - State inspectors say a failing sewage plant in southwest Florida pumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of inadequately treated liquid sewage into nearby mangroves earlier this year.
- The Latest: Utility says blame for 2015 wildfire is unclear Updated: Apr-28-16 11:32 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - The Latest on the cause of a deadly 2015 wildfire (all times local):
- Nature preserve getting more trees during Arbor Day event Updated: Apr-27-16 9:42 am
SUMPTER TOWNSHIP, Michigan - Dozens of students plan to plant trees for Arbor Day as part of efforts to improve a 1,000-acre nature preserve near Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
- Wildfire rehab effort going well so far in Idaho, Oregon Updated: Apr-25-16 4:26 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Scientists say a $67 million rehabilitation effort following a wildfire in southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon is starting off well thanks to good precipitation over the winter.
- California to remove dying pines, hoping to prevent fires Updated: Apr-25-16 9:01 am
FRESNO, California - Several California organizations are pitching in to remove dead trees in the state.
- Arkansas wood believed to be from Spanish explorer's cross Updated: Apr-23-16 3:03 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Archaeologists have unearthed what they believe are the remains of a large wooden Christian cross that Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto placed atop a hill in 1541 in what is now Cross County, Arkansas.
- 3 northwest Ohio farms to showcase conservation practices Updated: Apr-23-16 11:20 am
FINDLAY, Ohio - Three farms in northwestern Ohio are being turned into demonstration sites to show farmers how to reduce fertilizer runoff that feeds the harmful algae in Lake Erie.
- Fish hatchery hit with flood-borne 'rock snot' to reopen Updated: Apr-23-16 10:21 am
BETHEL, Vermont - Almost five years after raging flood waters heavily damaged the White River National Fish Hatchery in the Vermont town of Bethel, contaminating tens of thousands of surviving trout and salmon with an invasive algae known as rock snot, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is ready to start raising fish there again.
- Hawaii seeks money to fight disease killing ohia trees Updated: Apr-22-16 8:47 pm
HONOLULU - State lawmakers have agreed to give $300,000 to figure out how to stop a fungus that has killed thousands of native ohia trees on Hawaii's Big Island.
- Farm therapy, peach trees among ideas for dying coal country Updated: Apr-22-16 3:38 pm
MANCHESTER, Kentucky - Walking around on a former coal mine in Knott County earlier this week, Gregg Hewins saw something that surprised him: peach trees.
- Local officials fight invasive riverbank weed in Hermiston Updated: Apr-22-16 1:05 pm
PENDLETON, Oregon - Local officials are trying to contain invasive weeds that have been sprouting on the banks of Oregon's Umatilla River.
- Polish historian hopes crumbling bunker hides Amber Room Updated: Apr-22-16 11:15 am
WARSAW, Poland - A historian in northeastern Poland says the moss-covered ruins of a German World War II bunker may hide Russia's precious Amber Room, a national treasure that went missing during the war.
- Daisy the rhino, The Maryland Zoo's oldest mammal, dies Updated: Apr-22-16 7:01 am
BALTIMORE - The oldest mammal at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has died.
- Man sentenced for buying maple illegally cut on federal land Updated: Apr-19-16 8:50 pm
TACOMA, Washington - Officials say a former mill owner in Winlock, Washington, has been sentenced to six months in prison and must pay nearly $160,000 in restitution for buying wood illegally cut on national forest service land.
- Black Hills National Forest to spray trees in several areas Updated: Apr-18-16 7:12 pm
CUSTER, South Dakota - The Black Hills National Forest will be spraying trees in several recreation areas to help protect them from mountain pine beetle infestation.
- Fight against non-native plant near end in San Francisco Bay Updated: Apr-18-16 2:05 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A non-native plant that became a threat to birds and wildlife in San Francisco Bay has been nearly eradicated more than four decades after federal officials introduced it to the region.
- Oregon wildlife officials monitoring bats for deadly fungus Updated: Apr-18-16 9:56 am
MEDFORD, Oregon - Wildlife officials in Oregon say they are keeping a close eye on bats this spring after reports of a deadly fungal strain in Washington.
- Authorities: 3 arrested in Michigan sugar maple log thefts Updated: Apr-18-16 8:49 am
CHEBOYGAN, Michigan - Authorities say three men have been arrested in connection with the theft of sugar maple logs from public state-managed lands in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula.
- SDSU Extension says plan early to fight noxious weeds Updated: Apr-17-16 5:52 pm
BROOKINGS, South Dakota - South Dakota State University Extension educators are advising landowners get their noxious weeds under control early this spring with warmer than average temperatures moving into the region.
- Kansas Forest Service deals with fires, budget constraints Updated: Apr-17-16 3:39 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - The Kansas Forest Service has faced budget constraints as it works to deal with wildfires, including the largest in state history that scorched hundreds of square miles of land last month.
- New 'Maple King' has syrup in his veins Updated: Apr-17-16 2:36 pm
WEST SALISBURY, Pennsylvania - Since Jason Blocher was young his grandmother always told him: "The sugar gets in your blood."