Grinch busted for stealing Christmas — really

The U.S. Forest Service busts a 70-year-old Minnesota man for stealing thousands of black spruce tree tops from the Chippewa National Forest in northern Minnesota and selling them for Christmas decorations. Edminster — whose birthday coincidentally falls on Christmas Day — pleaded guilty to stealing federal government property and faces sentencing by U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright later this year.

Clearing the path for new forests

The Great Lakes region is involved in a national effort to clear trees to allow for new growth. The reforesting effort is key to maintaining wildlife and healthy forests.

Hope for ash

The emerald ash borer has killed big trees and plenty of them. And while forests are unlikely to recover those numbers, experts say that when big trees die, insect numbers drop. That gives at least a chance of survival for new seedlings in pure stands of ash where other trees cannot take over.