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US Forest Service head resigns amid misconduct investigation

US Forest Service head resigns amid misconduct investigation

The head of the US Forest Service has resigned amid reports that the agency was looking into misconduct allegations against him.

“Many of you have seen the news reports which included the stories from women who told of their experiences with sexual harassment in the Forest Service. I admire their courage,” Tony Tooke wrote in an email to employees.

The email later adds, “In some of these news reports, you may have seen references to my own behavior in the past. This naturally raised questions about my record and prompted an investigation, which I requested and fully support, and with which I have cooperated.”

Tooke added: “I have been forthright during the review, but I cannot combat every inaccuracy that is reported in the news media. What I can control, however, are decisions I make today and the choice of a path for the future that is best for our employees, the Forest Service and the US Department of Agriculture. I must also think about what is best for my family. Therefore, I have decided that what is needed right now is for me to step down as Forest Service Chief and make way for a new leader that can ensure future success (more…)

The world’s only ALBINO orangutan prepares to move to her own ‘forest island’ where she will be safe from hunters Everything’s gonna be all white

The world’s only ALBINO orangutan prepares to move to her own ‘forest island’ where she will be safe from hunters Everything’s gonna be all white

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The world’s only known albino orangutan is moving to a man-made ‘forest island’ home.

 

The five-year-old female orangutan can’t be safely returned to the wild because of health issues related to her albinism, which make her more vulnerable to hunters.

Source: The world’s only ALBINO orangutan prepares to move to her own ‘forest island’ where she will be safe from hunters Everything’s gonna be all white

Forest fires in the Himalayas becoming ‘unusually common’

Forest fires in the Himalayas becoming ‘unusually common’

In the months of November and December when high-altitude areas of Dharchula and Munsiyari reel under sub-zero temperatures, forest fires have become unusually common, leading to suspicion that poachers are setting them off to trap endangered animals like musk deer.

Since the first week of November, 2016, residents of Munsiyari and Dharchula have reported witnessing smoke of forest fires more than six times in different parts of the two blocks. Fires were reported from the foothills of Panchachuli and Rajrambha peaks, van panchayat of the seasonal village of Burphu, Chipla Kedar forest of Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary and van panchayat of Pato village in Munsiyari in the last two months.

On December 16, van panchayat forests of the seasonal village of Gunji in Dharchula block also caught fire. “BRO and ITBP personnel were deployed to put it out,” district magistrate of Pithoragarh, Ranjit Sinha, had said then. He also promised to put in place an inquiry into the incident.

Most recently, on December 28, locals of Munsiyari again spotted smoke at the foothills of Panchachuli peak.

Shekhar Kumar Neeraj, who heads TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade (more…)

21 indicted at Forest Park Medical Center in ‘massive’ Dallas hospital ‘conspiracy’

21 indicted at Forest Park Medical Center in ‘massive’ Dallas hospital ‘conspiracy’

The U.S. Justice Department in the Northern District of Texas Thursday unsealed indictments against 21 individuals, some of them among the highest profile doctors in the City of Dallas.

Prosecutors allege a bribery and kick-back scheme involving about $40 million in payments of all kinds. Some of these doctors are high-profile, some are not. The indictment named 21 individuals in all and all were not doctors.

There’s a chiropractor, a lawyer, an ad agency executive and some office workers, allegedly caught either receiving or paying bribes over several years. One of the doctors indicted Thursday has already been convicted of fraudulent billing practices.

Source: 21 indicted at Forest Park Medical Center in ‘massive’ Dallas hospital ‘conspiracy’

Forest phototrap snaps a naked man stoned on LSD who thinks he is a tiger

Forest phototrap snaps a naked man stoned on LSD who thinks he is a tiger

The bizzare moment a man took off all his clothes to run through a forest like a tiger has been caught on camera.

The man, identified only as Marek H, is believed to have been high on LSD after taking the psychedelic drug to treat his depression.

Source: Forest phototrap snaps a naked man stoned on LSD who thinks he is a tiger

Lightning ignites 9 new fires in Boise National Forest, Idaho

Lightning ignites 9 new fires in Boise National Forest, Idaho

Fire crews in the Boise National Forest are now working on nine new lightning-caused fires, as lightning cells moved through the area Sunday afternoon.

 Very little rain occurred with the lightning event. Most of the new fires are small (under 2 acres) and approximately 50 percent of these are staffed, according to a press release from the Boise National Forest.

These new start fires are being fought with a variety of crews, engines, helicopters and air tankers.

Four of the fires are in the Boiling Springs area, about 15 miles north of Garden Valley in Valley County. Another is about 1-mile north of Sage Hen Reservoir and the fourth is about 3 miles northeast of Silver Creek Hot Springs area. These are also in Valley County.
Source: Lightning ignites 9 new fires in Boise National Forest, Idaho

Forest fire in Southern California prompts evacuations

Forest fire in Southern California prompts evacuations

A fast-moving forest fire in the US state of California has forced scores of people to evacuate their homes. The San Bernardino National Forest department said residents in the Summit Valley in Southern California were asked to leave their homes on Sunday afternoon. Lyn Sieliet, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino National Forest, said the […]Source: Forest fire in Southern California prompts evacuations