| Jul 30, 2014
Hydraulic fracturing to squeeze oil and gas from rock buried deep underground is either a financial windfall for landowners and communities or an environmental Pandora's box — depending on whom you ask.
Until now, eastern Virginia hasn't been...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 1:45 PM
The livin' is easy
"The Beaverbrook Homemakers held their annual crab feast Saturday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stallings of Durham Rd. E. It is at this time each year that the ladies' husbands are their guests at a favored...
| Dec 24, 2013
The Stanislaus National Forest was a thickly forested wonderland of streams, wildlife and campgrounds until last summer's Rim fire — started by a hunter's illegal campfire — scorched more than 250,000 acres of it and the adjacent Yosemite...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 9:58 AM
If you're planning a New Year's Eve visit to Angeles National Forest tonight, then you need to leave the fireworks behind, sheriff's officials announced.
The fireworks ban is year-round at the forest, regardless of weather condition or holidays,...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 7:58 PM
The U.S. Forest Service is proposing an extensive salvage operation to log dead trees on about 46 square miles of timberland charred in last year's massive Rim fire in the Sierra Nevada.
The project would be one of the largest federal salvage efforts in...
| Jan 9, 2014
I'm talking to my daughter.
Even better, she doesn't have that annoyed don't-nag-me-mom tone in her voice. It's one of those vacation afternoons I wish would last forever -- sunny skies, no place to be, no arguing and best of all, my youngest daughter...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 9:34 PM
Despite the cold weather — and also because of it — thousands of people are grabbing their binoculars this winter and heading out to find bald eagles in Illinois.
Chances are better than ever they'll see scenes like the one Thursday near...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 7:08 PM
BRIDGEWATER, Va. — The headwaters of the Potomac River rise amid the hills and hollows of George Washington National Forest in Virginia. Small creeks dart past oak, white pine and hickory, become streams that nourish farmland and towns, and create a...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 2:12 PM
After College of DuPage announced it would close its community education farm, forest preserve district leaders offered to host the outdoor classroom in Wheaton, about two miles off the college's main campus.
DuPage County Forest Preserve District...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 5:02 PM
Madeline Xi Cui Friedman was born in China and has lived much of her life with her family in western Howard County, but she considers herself a global citizen.
The 17-year-old high school senior attends the Shanghai Community International School in...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 3:05 PM
GRANADA, Nicaragua — I came to Nicaragua to climb a volcano, to listen to howler monkeys scream in the trees of a rain forest and to walk along a deserted beach, watching the sun flame out at the end of day, turning the sea and sky ablaze.