Natural Hazard? Study Says Farming Marijuana Hurting EnvironmentResearchers from Ithaca College say that the growing number of small pot farms being planted in remote forest areas are having a major impact on the local environment.
3M Won't Buy Paper Sources From Threatened ForestsPost-it notes maker 3M Co. says it will refuse to buy any materials from suppliers that come from threatened forests as part of an agreement with a longtime environmental critic. The policy changes announced Thursday would require suppliers of Twin Cities-based 3M to report original sources of materials.
Minnesota Research Aims At Mountain Pine BeetlesThe mountain pine beetle has devastated huge swaths of forest in the Rockies, and scientists fear the insects could threaten the majestic pines of Minnesota and states farther east someday.
Gypsy Moth Spraying Set For DuluthThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture is preparing to treat about 1,200 acres in Duluth to slow the spread of a gypsy moth infestation. Depending on the weather, officials are set to conduct the treatment on Thursday.
Climate Report Predicts More Extremes In MidwestA report by the National Climate Assessment says a warming planet will worsen a series of weather trends already showing up across the Midwest. Look for more extremes: searing heat, late-spring freezes, floods and droughts across a region that includes Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri.
DNR And MDHA Emergency Deer Feeding Program In Full-SwingWhile it may appear to be a postcard perfect morning in the woods just north of McGregor, Minn. the long, tough winter has taken a toll on woods and the state’s whitetail deer. "There's over three-feet of snow still in the woods," volunteer Dan Guida said.
Town Evacuated Over Wildfires In NW MinnesotaThe Minnesota Inter Agency Fire Center is reporting that the town of Karlstad in northwestern Minnesota is being evacuated because of a growing wildfire. The town has 760 residents.
Wis. Cleaning Up Damaged Forests Due To Fire Risk The view from a plane above Burnett County, Wis. shows vast, green forests. But splitting many of those forests in half are paths of downed trees. They are victims of a July 1 windstorm and a potential threat for fire.
Downed Timber Poses Fire Risk To Pine County ForestsPine County's St. Croix State Park on the banks of the St. Croix river is still a snarl of thousands of acres of twisted timber, which pose a fire risk.
Corps Of Engineers Seeks Comment On Forest PlanThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has developed a long-range plan for managing forest areas along the upper Mississippi River region. Now, the corps is asking for the public's comments on the plan.
USDA Funds Research On Crops And Climate ChangeThe federal government is investing $60 million in three major studies on the effects of climate change on crops and forests to help ensure farmers and foresters can continue producing food and timber while trying to limit the impact of a changing environment.