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Turks & Caicos Islands: National PA system set for overhaul

PROPOSED amendments to the Turks and Caicos national parks ordinance will see the expansion of existing protected areas, new areas coming under protection and some current protected areas re-designated.

That’s according to Minister of Tourism Ralph Higgs who recently updated the House of Assembly on the concluded public consultation on the national parks.

USNPS rewrites description of Arlington House memorial to Lee in wake of Charlottesville clash

Of the many statues of Robert E. Lee that still decorate American cities, towns, universities, and even the United States Capitol, the vast majority have been designated by state legislatures and other local councils and organizations.

Researchers set to live-trap grizzlies as part of continuing monitoring program at Yellowstone NP

As part of ongoing efforts required under the 2016 Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team and Yellowstone National Park will be conducting scientific grizzly bear and black bear research operations in Yellowstone from August 22 through October 31.

Kenya: Conservationists fear that Trump's proposed cuts to foreign add could damage efforts to control elephant poaching

President Donald Trump’s “skinny budget,” made public in March, has not yet been approved, and still awaits a response by a Congress highly skeptical of the administration’s proposed draconian U.S. foreign aid reductions.

Wilderness group sues, alleging Zinke met secretly with Bears Ears opponents during Utah visit

ST. GEORGE – Three county commissions privately met with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke when he swung through Southern Utah in May to review two controversial national monuments – Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

Wawona evacuated at Yosemite NP as fire nears

With thunderstorms and windy conditions in the forecast, residents and visitors near the community of Wawona in Yosemite National Park were evacuated Saturday as the 3,191-acre South Fork Fire burned less than a mile to the east.

The mandatory order took effect at 4 p.m. Saturday for all areas east of Highway 41 along Chilnualna Falls Road and Forest Drive.

Canada: New Brunswick citizen-scientists continue to find new species in PAs

New Brunswick researchers discovered what could be a new earthworm, as well as a type of dragonfly that hasn't been seen in the province in a century after an annual research trip near McAdam.

This is the ninth year the New Brunswick Museum hosted the Biota NB, a trip that documents the diversity of living things in the province's protected areas.

Dem lawmakers threaten suit if recently erected Lee statue at Antietam NB not taken down

Amid the national firestorm over Civil War monuments, Maryland lawmakers are pressing the National Park Service to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee that some view as an egregious attempt to sanitize Confederate history.

Speculation picks up that Mihalic to be named next USNPS director

Seven months into his administration, President Trump has yet to nominate a director for the National Park Service. But Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke does have an advisor on his team with a wealth of Park Service experience, one whose background has been investigated, leading to speculation that that individual soon will be nominated.

More communications equipment proposed for infrastructure site on mountain in Death Valley NP

DEATH VALLEY, CA – The National Park Service is considering right-of-way permit requests for existing and proposed infrastructure on Rogers Peak.

The summit of Rogers Peak is 9,980 feet, and is the only non-wilderness high point in Death Valley National Park. Rogers Peak is located between Telescope Peak and Mahogany Flat Campground in the Panamint Mountains.

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