Land management

April 29, 2018 - 6:52 am
LONDON (AP) — Residents in London are being told to beware the white-haired caterpillars that can cause rashes, vomiting and asthma attacks. The British Forestry Commission says caterpillars that become oak processionary moths have been spotted in and around the British capital since mid-April. The...
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In this 2017 photo provided by Nicholas Luccketti with the First Colony Foundation, archaeologists excavate a site known as Site X, in Bertie County, N.C. (Bill Geiger/First Colony Foundation via AP)
April 28, 2018 - 9:58 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Efforts to unravel the mysterious fate of North Carolina's fabled Lost Colony could benefit after a preservation group took out its first-ever loan to buy a coastal tract where some colonists may have resettled hundreds of years ago. The 16th century English colonists who...
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FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, Idaho Power Co. apprentice lineman Claysen Hale prepares to change out jumpers and stirrups on a power line in Eden, Idaho. U.S. officials on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, approved two high-voltage transmission line routes in southwestern Idaho aimed at modernizing and improving reliability of the Pacific Northwest's energy grid. (Heather Kennison/Times-News via AP, File)
April 18, 2018 - 5:16 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials on Wednesday approved two high-voltage transmission line routes in southwestern Idaho aimed at modernizing and improving reliability of the Pacific Northwest's energy grid. The U.S. Department of the Interior's approval is for the two final segments of the Gateway...
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April 17, 2018 - 2:00 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Forecasters warned of dangerous, life-threatening wildfire conditions in parts of the Southwest and Southern Plains on Tuesday, as a forestry official warned firefighters battling a terrifying deadly blaze in Oklahoma that it would be a "historically critical day." Gusty winds...
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April 16, 2018 - 1:13 am
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Two firefighters were hurt in falls while battling a brush fire in central Pennsylvania, and two others were treated for dehydration and heat exhaustion. The Altoona Mirror reports that about 50 volunteer firefighters responded to the scene Saturday after a transformer...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, file photo, a conservationist carries a medical pack and tranquilizer rifle during a rescue operation for orangutans trapped at a swath of damaged forest near a palm oil plantation in Tripa, Aceh province, Indonesia. Greenpeace is withdrawing from Forest Stewardship Council, the main global group for certifying sustainable wood products, saying it is failing to protect natural forests from exploitation. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara, File)
March 27, 2018 - 6:27 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Greenpeace is withdrawing from the main global group for certifying sustainable wood, saying the organization it helped found more than two decades ago is failing to protect natural forests from exploitation. Greenpeace said the Forest Stewardship Council inconsistently...
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Vicki Christiansen is shown in this 2012 photo when Christiansen served as interim regional forester for Region 1, based in Missoula, Mont. Christiansen was named interim replacement chief of the U.S. Forest Service Thursday, March 8, 2018, after Chief Tony Tooke's resignation on Wednesday evening, after Tooke acknowledged that his own behavior was under investigation as the agency deals with sexual harassment and abuse incidents. (John Crepeau/The Missoulian via AP)
March 09, 2018 - 2:53 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service faces "hard truths" about harassment and retaliation in its ranks following the departure of its chief amid allegations of sexual misconduct, the agency's newly-appointed leader said Friday. Forest Service interim Chief Vicki Christiansen said in an...
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Vicki Christiansen is shown in this 2012 photo when Christiansen served as interim regional forester for Region 1, based in Missoula, Mont. Christiansen was named interim replacement chief of the U.S. Forest Service Thursday, March 8, 2018, after Chief Tony Tooke's resignation on Wednesday evening, after Tooke acknowledged that his own behavior was under investigation as the agency deals with sexual harassment and abuse incidents. (John Crepeau/The Missoulian via AP)
March 08, 2018 - 7:54 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration moved quickly Thursday to install a female wildland firefighter to lead the U.S. Forest Service after the agency's former chief stepped down amid sexual misconduct allegations. The appointment of Vickie Christiansen as interim chief...
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In this Feb. 8, 2018, photo, the world's longest-living panda triplets Meng Meng, Shuai Shuai, and Ku Ku, eat food in their compound at a zoo in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province. The Bank of China pledged at least 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) on Thursday, March 8, 2018, to create a massive giant panda conservation park in southwestern Sichuan province. (Chinatopix via AP)
March 08, 2018 - 5:36 am
BEIJING (AP) — The Bank of China has pledged at least 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) to create a massive giant panda conservation park in southwestern Sichuan province, the forestry ministry said Thursday. The Sichuan branch of the central bank signed an agreement with the provincial government to...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2017 file photo Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks on the Trump Administration's energy policy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. Zinke wants to move more Interior Department employees out of Washington and into the field, closer to the public lands and resources they manage, saying that will lead to improved, decentralized decision-making. More than 90 percent of the department's employees already work outside the Washington area, and some retired department employees say the agency already has a well-established decentralized decision-making process. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik,File)
February 28, 2018 - 4:20 pm
DENVER (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's plan for a major realignment to put more of his department's decision-makers in the field has a fundamental flaw in the eyes of some who spent their careers making those decisions: They're already out there. Eleven former Interior Department...
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