Parkwire, The GWS Daily Digest of Global Protected Area News

Interview: Will Trump change the way future presidents use proclamation powers under Antiquities Act?

In April, President Trump ordered Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review more than two dozen national monuments, arguing that the designation of sites under previous administrations had gotten out of hand.

After years of drought, rebounding water levels at Lake Meredith NRA sparks tourism resurgence

David Wright is betting on Lake Meredith. Wright, 60, has been visiting the lake about 30 miles north of Amarillo since the 1970s and remembers its heyday, when the water level topped 100 feet.

He also watched a drought unfold in the 2000s that sent lake levels plummeting to less than a third of that.

China: Panda populations going up, but threats to habitat still cloud the their future

One year after giant pandas graduated from endangered to “vulnerable,” a welcome designation after 28 years, Chinese scientists have sobering news: The animal’s natural habitat in China is in serious danger.

USNPS to help fund memorial to victims of 2011 Tucson gun attack

The National Park Service is giving more than $61,000 for the development of a memorial honoring the victims and survivors of the 2011 shooting that left six dead and 13 injured, including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva said Friday the grant will be used for the January 8th Memorial in downtown’s El Presidio Park.

Vietnam: Illegal trade in wild birds rampant and open, TRAFFIC report finds

Thousands of birds, suspected to have been caught from the wild, are being sold openly in Vietnam, according to a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.

Many of the species on sale are threatened with extinction, warns the report.

Namibia: After conflicts between humans and lions in Etosha NP, government launches plan to deal with problem

Windhoek — Following recent worrying incidents of human-lion conflict, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) and its partners launched a management plan to deal with such conflict in the northwestern parts of the country.

USFS disavows analysis arguing that federal wildlife managers have ceded too much authority to states

The U.S. Forest Service has disavowed a legal analysis it commissioned that showed federal land managers have given state wildlife departments more authority than they really possess. 

Trump's border wall would pose especially big concerns at Organ Pipe Cactus NMon, advocates say

Driving up to a trailhead just a few miles from the US-Mexico border in Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, biologist Rosemary Schiano’s first advice is to cover our spare water gallons.

“People will break into your car if they see water, especially in this heat,” she says.

Management plan for Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District completed

A General Management Plan for the Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District received final authorization from the National Park Service.

Cabins renovated in historic Elkmont District of Great Smoky Mountains NP

TOWNSEND — It still takes imagination to envision sitting among the suit-and-dress crowd listening to the orchestra on a Saturday night at the Appalachia Club House in the Elkmont Historic District of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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