California Throws a Rescue Line to Its Dwindling Monarch Butterflies

A coalition of conservation groups have partnered with the state to add 30,000 milkweed plants in an attempt to restore the species’ population.

#butterflies-and-moths, #california, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #flowers-and-plants, #forest-service, #river-partners

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Facing Droughts, California Challenges Nestlé Over Water Use

A draft cease-and-desist letter sent to BlueTriton — known until this month as Nestlé Waters North America — is the latest development in a yearslong battle over water resources in the San Bernardino area.

#bluetriton-brands-inc, #california, #california-water-resources-control-board, #drought, #forest-service, #nestle-waters-north-america, #plastic-bottles, #pollution, #san-bernardino-calif, #shortages, #water

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Ancient Native American Site Is Defaced in Georgia Forest

Rock faces and boulders bearing figure carvings called petroglyphs were scratched or dabbed with paint, the United States Forest Service said.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #chattahoochee-oconee-national-forest-ga, #cherokee-indians, #forest-service, #georgia, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #muscogee-creek-nation-okumlgee-okla, #native-americans, #vandalism

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Invasive Insects and Diseases Are Killing Our Forests

America wasn’t ready for the pandemic. And it isn’t ready for the next contagion to strike our woodlands.

#agriculture-department, #epidemics, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #insects, #international-trade-and-world-market, #invasive-species, #trees-and-shrubs, #united-states

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In Last Rush, Trump Grants Mining and Energy Firms Access to Public Lands

The outgoing administration is pushing through approval of corporate projects over the opposition of environmental groups and tribal communities.

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Wealthier, Whiter Areas Are More Likely to Get Help After Fires, Data Show

New research offers further signs that racial and economic inequality leave some Americans more exposed to the worsening effects of climate change.

#bureau-of-land-management, #environment, #forest-service, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #income-inequality, #minorities, #national-park-service, #race-and-ethnicity, #wildfires

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Trump Administration to Announce Plan to Open Tongass Forest to Logging

The effort to open the Alaskan wilderness area, the nation’s largest national forest, has been in the works for about two years.

#alaska, #environment, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #logging-industry, #tongass-national-forest-alaska, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilderness-areas

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How Wildfire Became an Enemy Instead of an Ally

Starting with the Big Blowup of 1910, the U.S. Forest Service’s strategy mostly has been to put out fires as fast as possible. With climate change and shifting populations, we’re losing that war.

#environment, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #interior-department, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #pinchot-gifford, #sunset-magazine, #wildfires

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A Coronavirus Infection Complicates Portland-Area Firefighting Efforts

A fire incident management team went into temporarily isolation this week in Washington State after a member of a resupply crew tested positive for the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #quarantines, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Apple Fire Leads to Evacuation Order for 7,000 in California

The wildfire, near the San Bernardino National Forest east of Los Angeles, was burning out of control on Sunday morning.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #riverside-county-calif, #san-bernardino-calif, #wilderness-areas, #wildfires

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Forty Years Later, Lessons for the Pandemic From Mount St. Helens

The tensions we now face between science, politics and economics also arose before the country’s most destructive volcanic eruption.

#forest-service, #mount-st-helens-wash, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #volcanoes

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Will the Coronavirus Make the West More Vulnerable to Wildfires?

The fight against Covid-19 has disrupted preparations for the fire season.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #national-interagency-fire-center, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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Wildfires in Florida Panhandle Force Hundreds to Evacuate

More than 1,000 residents were told to move away from fires that a state official called “extremely dangerous.”

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #florida, #forest-service, #wildfires

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