Storms and tides are unearthing the long-hidden bones of Hart Island, the sliver of land where New York City's destitute dead have for 150 years been sent to be buried and forgotten.
The acting chief of the U.S. Forest Service says there's a sense of relief at the agency for the billions of additional dollars made available by lawmakers over the next decade to fight catastrophic wildfires but also a duty to spend it wisely.
Efforts to unravel the mysterious fate of North Carolina's fabled Lost Colony could benefit after a land trust bought a coastal property where archaeologists believe at some of the colonists resettled.
Authorities are investigating the possibility of arson in connection with one of two large wildfires burning in Oklahoma, a blaze that's resulted in the death of one person.
The Latest on wildfires that have burned thousands of acres in northwestern Oklahoma (all times local): 10:25 a.m.
Firefighters battled a wildfire Wednesday in chaparral and grasslands on Santa Cruz Island off the coast of Southern California, officials said.
The amount of moisture received across the United States' southern high plains since October has been ridiculously low, and forecasters warned Friday that the intensifying drought has resulted in critical fire danger and some winter wheat crops being reduced to stubble across several states.
The Latest on the growing drought across the United States' southern high plans (all times local): 11:40 a.m.
After residents in a Round Rock neighborhood complained of lack of water, county officials made a surprising discovery. A pipe had broken due to the collapse of a cave roof. Experts believe the cave was formed millions of years ago.
A long-running dispute between the Hopi Nation and an Arizona ski area took a new turn earlier this month when a state court of appeals ruled that the Native American tribe has the legal right to fight against the use of treated wastewater to make snow at the resort.
The Latest on a wildfire burning in central California (all times local): 1:55 p.m. Officials say they've made some gains against a wind-driven wildfire in rural central California that's threatening hundreds of buildings.
The common problems of eroded beaches and clogged inlets hazardous for boat traffic have a mutual solution.
A state firefighter who died battling the largest wildfire recorded in California's modern history was putting out a spot fire when he found himself trapped by the flames being fanned by gusty winds, fire officials said.
The Nevada rancher who led a 2014 armed standoff with government agents spoke Wednesday saying that it's up to people in states, not the federal officials, to manage vast expanses of rangeland in the U.S. West.
A huge swath of coastal California ranch lands will become a vast preserve through an acquisition funded by a $165 million gift from a wealthy environmentalist couple, The Nature Conservancy announced Friday.
Among the army of firefighters who have been protecting neighborhoods at the front lines of Southern California's monstrous wildfire are small teams hired by insurance companies to provide personalized prevention and protection for threatened homeowners.
The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 5:30 a.m.
California's seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is prompting authorities to make plans to set more "controlled burns" to thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that serves as kindling to feed monster blazes that force entire communities to flee, destroy homes and take lives.
A Pennsylvania farm where George Washington's troops narrowly escaped the British during the Revolutionary War is getting historic protection.
The explosive expansion of Houston subdivisions into prairies far to the west helped make the city affordable for the average 345 people who moved there each day, but it also paved over thousands of acres that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had intended for a reservoir and other flood-control projects to help against deluges like the ones from Harvey.