- EPA suggests triggers for warning of algae in drinking water Updated: May-06-15 6:22 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the first nationwide guidelines Wednesday for determining when algal toxins have reached dangerous levels in public water systems and do-not-drink warnings might be needed.
- Study: Lake Erie would offer plenty of food for Asian carp Updated: May-06-15 6:10 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - Runaway growth of algae in Lake Erie since the early 2000s has made the shallowest of the Great Lakes even more vulnerable to an invasion by greedy Asian carp, federal scientists said Wednesday.
- Emerald ash borer confirmed in Portage Updated: May-05-15 5:14 pm
PORTAGE, Wisconsin - Portage is the latest Wisconsin city to confirm the presence of emerald ash borer.
- Scientist asks Illinois residents to help track cicada swarm Updated: May-05-15 1:58 pm
MAKANDA, Illinois - A researcher from the University of Connecticut is asking southern Illinois residents to help document the 13-year swarm of cicadas that's expected to hit later this month.
- Briefing planned on Lake Erie nutrient reduction initiative Updated: May-05-15 1:28 pm
DUNDEE, Michigan - Federal officials are holding a public briefing on a program designed to prevent runoff of nutrients into Lake Erie that scientists blame for outbreaks of toxic bacteria that have fouled drinking water in southeastern Michigan and northwestern Ohio.
- Volunteers battle invasive plant in southern Oregon Updated: May-05-15 12:59 pm
CAVE JUNCTION, Oregon - More than 20 years ago, it was touted as a miracle plant - a "hyperaccumulator" able to pull heavy metals, such as nickel, out of the area's serpentine soil and store it in its leaves.
- Leaning tower of saguaro loses battle with gravity Updated: May-05-15 8:10 am
TUCSON, Arizona - Monday was a sad day for many hikers in the Tucson area: Gravity finally brought the plant they affectionately called "the leaning tower of saguaro" to the ground.
- Afghan poppy farmers say new seeds will boost opium output Updated: May-05-15 7:11 am
ZHARI, Afghanistan - It's the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan - the country's intractable opium cultivation. This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin.
- Feds expand efforts to fight wildfires by reshaping forests Updated: May-04-15 4:32 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - The towering ponderosa pine trees are cut down and bundled in quick succession as heavy equipment winds its way through a national forest as part of the largest federal effort to reshape the forests to prevent wildfires. The felled trees then are shredded of their limbs and eventually will be taken from the forest in northern Arizona to Phoenix, where they'll be turned into pallets.
- California drought leaves 12 million trees dead Updated: May-04-15 1:10 pm
SAN DIEGO - Extreme drought conditions have left an estimated 12 million trees dead in California's forests over the past year.
- Old tree transplanted at University of Michigan showing life Updated: May-04-15 7:47 am
ANN ARBOR, Michigan - A transplanted centuries-old tree on the University of Michigan campus is showing signs of life in its new home.
- Divers to try removing invasive algae from Wisconsin lake Updated: May-04-15 5:31 am
MUSKEGO, Wisconsin - Community members and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are fighting back against an invasive algae found last year in a Waukesha County lake.
- Destructive Southern pine beetle detected at 4 state sites Updated: May-03-15 4:38 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut environmental officials say the destructive Southern pine beetle has been detected at four sites in Hartford, Litchfield and New Haven counties.
- Ag commissioner offers hardy advice on trees, shrubs Updated: May-02-15 2:29 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is encouraging North Dakota homeowners to do their homework before planting trees and shrubs this spring.
- Blind man, armless friend plant thousands of trees in China Updated: May-01-15 3:13 am
YELI VILLAGE, China - A once-barren bank of the Ye river in central China now has 12,000 trees irrigated by a small canal, thanks to unlikely but dedicated gardeners: two friends, one blind and one without arms.
- Year after year, Scotch broom fight must go on and on Updated: Apr-30-15 4:10 pm
CANNON BEACH, Oregon - It takes trained eyes and hours of tedious physical labor to prevent Scotch broom - the invasive European shrub that sprouts golden yellow flowers and produces thousands of seeds - from overrunning the sand dunes west of Chapman Point.
- Ribbons around ash trees warn of invasive insect's arrival Updated: Apr-30-15 12:01 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Bright green ribbons tied around more than 200 ash trees provide a visual example of how Lincoln could be affected by the emerald ash borer.
- Dogwood grove honors Terre Haute environmental activist Updated: Apr-30-15 9:13 am
TERRE HAUTE, Indiana - A scenic spot in one Terre Haute park has been dedicated to a man whose vision and hard work started it all.
- $4 million in US projects aim to protect sage grouse habitat Updated: Apr-29-15 2:11 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Wednesday announced more than $4 million in projects in four states as part of a wildfire-fighting strategy to protect a wide swath of intermountain West sagebrush country that supports cattle ranching and is home to a struggling bird species.
- Lewiston arsonist targeting juniper, cedar bushes Updated: Apr-28-15 10:32 am
LEWISTON, Idaho - Downtown Lewiston juniper and cedar bushes are being targeted by a prolific arsonist.
- Drones and dogs deployed in battle to save the guacamole Updated: Apr-28-15 4:20 am
MIAMI - With the killers hiding in the trees, heat-sensing drones are launched into the air. When their whereabouts are narrowed, the dogs are sent in. When it comes to protecting the world's supply of guacamole, no weapon can be spared.
- SDSU housing could infringe on South Dakota State Arboretum Updated: Apr-27-15 12:38 pm
BROOKINGS, South Dakota - The expansion of fraternities and sororities at South Dakota State University could threaten a pristine swath of trees.
- Plant farms in Frederick County confront changing economy Updated: Apr-26-15 10:49 am
MIDDLETOWN, Maryland - The story of the biggest change in the Gude family's 126-year-old farm begins with failure.
- Ex-Army Corps commander undertakes tree-planting project Updated: Apr-26-15 9:40 am
WATERLOO, Virginia - Ron Light, 56, is a patient man.
- Graffiti-scarred Joshua Tree landmark is restored Updated: Apr-26-15 1:10 am
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, California - After a 1 ½ year effort, conservators have restored a popular hiking spot in Joshua Tree National Park that became riddled with graffiti.