| Nov 23, 2013
| 4:22 PM
Firefighters have begun controlled burns in the San Bernardino National Forest, taking advantage of the recent rains and cool temperatures to eliminate brush and needles that can fuel catastrophic wildfires.
The controlled burns will target spots in the...
| Nov 21, 2013
After a consistently rainy October and November, foresters across the north suburbs are cautiously optimistic that trees will continue recovering this winter from two years of dry conditions, and will flourish in the spring.
The summer of 2012, one of...
| Nov 4, 2013
Over the past several years, the 100-foot-tall bluff in Palos Park has transformed from a winter wonderland to an intense summertime workout for those looking for an alternative to jogging or cycling.
Completed in 1924, the Swallow Cliff toboggan shoots...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:36 PM
WASHINGTON — On the heels of a fire season that burned more than 4,000 homes and killed 34 people across the country, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) on Tuesday called for a "saner approach" to preventing wildfires while budgets are strained as a...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 4:53 PM
GROVELAND, Calif. — As autumn turns to winter and rain falls over the charred landscape left behind by the Rim fire, forest rangers and emergency planners have a new worry: water.
Over 90% of the blaze burned in the Tuolumne River watershed, where...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 12:47 PM
A Cook County Forest Preserve District employee was secretly recorded two years ago taking $10,000 cash in kickbacks to steer contracts to a west suburban construction company owner working undercover for the FBI, federal authorities said today....
| Aug 3, 2013
| 12:00 PM
In a rare but perhaps fleeting triumph of clear-headed thinking at Los Angeles City Hall, high-level officials have rescinded a citation issued to a South L.A. family for the crime of planting squash in their frontyard.
On the evening of my Wednesday...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 4:22 PM
The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records (OOR) has granted in part a Right to Know Law (RTKL) appeal by PennFuture concerning Anadarko Petroleum Corporation's plans to develop natural gas in the Loyalsock State Forest's "Clarence Moore lands." Under the...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 1:02 PM
Steve Parker grew up camping and climbing trees in the woods of North Carolina.
Over the years he's kept that love of the environment. Outside of his job as Howard County's Bureau of Highways superintendent of operations, Parker, 63, is a member of...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 1:12 PM
The Sharp fire in Angeles National Forest near Wrightwood has now covered 100 acres, but firefighters have been able to make some headway as the fireline moves southeast away from the town.
The Sharp fire had already doubled in size to 60 acres...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 10:09 AM
The Sharp fire in Angeles National Forest has grown to 150 acres, but firefighters, aided now by five water-dropping helicopters, have been able to increase containment to 40%.
Two firefighters, meanwhile, were treated at a local hospital after one...