- Federal appeals court upholds California's shark fin ban Updated: Jul-27-15 7:59 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court Monday upheld a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins.
- Surprises boost costs of historic Reno bridge demolition Updated: Jul-27-15 4:40 pm
RENO, Nevada - Some unexpected discoveries beneath Reno's old Virginia Street Bridge are boosting the price of the demolition project, including some contaminated soil from the Truckee River bed and the granite foundation of a former bridge built in 1877.
- Hinds board issues burn ban through mid-August Updated: Jul-26-15 5:26 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The Hinds County Board of Supervisors has issued a burn ban through Aug. 19 because of a lack of rain and an increase in grass fires throughout the county.
- Wildfire watching: Rangers in towers are out, cameras are in Updated: Jul-26-15 3:17 pm
RENO, Nevada - For decades, forest rangers in wooden towers across the West scanned the horizon with binoculars for smoke that could signal the start of a wildfire.
- Commercial plant grower will appeal ruling in farmland case Updated: Jul-26-15 12:26 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - A state appellate court has upheld a ruling that found a commercial plant grower liable for the destruction of prime, preserved farmland he leveled to build hoophouses.
- Endangered butterfly recovering in some, not all, of range Updated: Jul-26-15 10:53 am
ALBANY, New York - More than 20 years of habitat restoration and breeding programs have helped the endangered Karner blue butterfly make a comeback in the pine barrens of upstate New York where it was discovered by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov decades ago.
- Officials celebrate opening of Virginia Tech dairy facility Updated: Jul-26-15 9:53 am
WHITETHORNE, Virginia - The cows haven't moved into the new Kentland Farm dairy science production facility yet, but plenty of people showed up on July 17 to see the new home of Virginia Tech's milking herd.
- Education dept. fined in connection to contaminated field Updated: Jul-24-15 2:46 pm
HONOLULU - The Hawaii Department of Education is disputing $4.1 million in fines connected to solid waste removal from a Honolulu high school track field that was found to be contaminated with lead and arsenic.
- 5 Maine conservation groups consider merging Updated: Jul-23-15 6:47 am
PORTLAND, Maine - Five midcoast Maine land conservation organizations are contemplating a merger they say would strengthen their efforts and reduce costs.
- Louisiana editorial roundup Updated: Jul-22-15 3:33 pm
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- Seney National Wildlife Refuge conducting prescribed burn Updated: Jul-22-15 8:53 am
SENEY, Michigan - The Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is holding its first prescribed burn of the year.
- Forestry Board weighs bigger logging buffers to cool streams Updated: Jul-21-15 5:17 pm
GRANTS PASS, Oregon - A state board is considering how much to increase the numbers of trees that must be left standing along small and medium streams on private timberlands to shade the water and keep it cool for salmon.
- Methane hot spot prompts delegation to ask for quick action Updated: Jul-20-15 4:10 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation on Monday pointed to a hot spot of the potent global-warming gas methane over part of the American Southwest, saying federal officials need to move quickly on reviewing new rules for curbing waste in oil and gas production.
- Endangered turtle missing from DeKalb County forest preserve Updated: Jul-20-15 3:41 pm
DEKALB, Illinois - A male Blanding's turtle that scientists with Northern Illinois University have been tracking for about two years has gone missing from the Afton Forest Preserve, according to officials.
- Montana governor, federal agency sign sage grouse deal Updated: Jul-20-15 3:40 pm
HELENA, Montana - Gov. Steve Bullock signed an agreement Monday with the U.S. Department of Agriculture pledging cooperation on efforts to protect declining populations of greater sage grouse.
- Archaeologists to survey Cook County forest preserves Updated: Jul-20-15 4:06 am
CHICAGO - Archaeologists and field technicians are spot-checking more than a thousand acres of Cook County forest preserves this year to learn about the people who lived on the land thousands of years ago.
- Franklin to dredge creek, fight erosion for flood control Updated: Jul-20-15 4:04 am
FRANKLIN, Indiana - Workers will dredge a central Indiana creek and take steps to prevent further erosion to improve water flow and prevent flooding.
- Forest Service OK moves Jackson resort closer to new gondola Updated: Jul-19-15 4:04 pm
JACKSON, Wyoming - A proposed new gondola and 15 other projects on the slopes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort have won preliminary approval from the U.S. Forest Service, including a zip line and expansion of the Casper restaurant.
- State wants answers from federal land managers on burros Updated: Jul-19-15 6:14 am
PHOENIX - Arizona wildlife officials are seeking to learn how the federal government plans to bring the burro population down.
- Forest Service won't consider Minturn land swap Updated: Jul-18-15 4:37 pm
MINTURN, Colorado - The U.S. Forest Service says a proposed land swap that would allow homes to be built on popular Meadow Mountain isn't acceptable because land received in return on Battle Mountain would not offer the same recreational opportunities and would be too far from public access.
- Morgantown resident stands out from herd with 'Cow House' Updated: Jul-18-15 10:08 am
MORGANTOWN, West Virginia - Jennifer Forester lives in a pretty nice neighborhood.
- Endangered dragonflies, raised in captivity, being released Updated: Jul-17-15 8:52 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Federally endangered dragonflies that have been raised in a laboratory over the past several years are being released at a forest preserve this week in Illinois, where scientists believe they'll be a good match with the small population still there.
- Arkansas Forestry Commission names new deputy forester Updated: Jul-17-15 4:56 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Arkansas Forestry Commission has named a replacement for retiring Deputy State Forester Larry Nance.
- Forest Service: E. coli closes Kinzua Beach, Twin Lakes Updated: Jul-17-15 1:28 pm
WARREN, Pennsylvania - The U.S. Forest Service has closed the Kinzua Beach swimming area and Twin Lakes in the Allegheny National Forest due to unhealthy E. coli levels in the water.
- Forest managers say moving firewood can spread oak disease Updated: Jul-17-15 4:05 am
LANSING, Michigan - State biologists are reminding Michigan residents not to move firewood from one location to another because of the danger of spreading a disease that's fatal to oak trees.