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USBLM planning auctions of leases near Dinosaur & Hovenweep NMons, Chaco Culture NHP

With the Trump administration pushing not just for energy independence, but "energy dominance," the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has been lining up a number of oil and gas lease auctions in the West, including some near Dinosaur National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument, and Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

Netherlands: Government names site of Riemerswaal, city inundated by sea in 17thC, as national cultural monument

The lost Zeeland city of Reimerswaal was officially recognized as a national monument by the National Office for Cultural Heritage. It is the only sunken Dutch city that has national monument status, NU.nl reports

Analysis: Ranchers' deep fears of brucellosis transmission driving bison management decisions in Yellowstone NP

This spring, a rancher in Sublette (Wyoming) County held his breath as his herd of cattle, which had been under quarantine for a year and a half, underwent blood testing for brucellosis.

In two previous tests, the cattle had come out clean. If that trend continued on the third test, the ranch would be allowed to resume normal operations.

Editorial: Zinke didn't go nearly far enough in recommending NMons be downsized

Like a rookie agent in a spy thriller, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke went rogue in responding to President Trump’s executive order to review and make recommendations regarding the legality of two decades of national-monument decrees whereby past presidents, pursuant to the unilateral authority granted them by the Antiquities Act of 1906, designated federal lands as “national monuments” a

China: Government releases final plan for establishment of a national park system; "ecological protection first" to be watchword

BEIJING, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- China Tuesday unveiled the overall plan for establishing its new national park system.

"This marks the completion of the top-level design of the national park system, and the beginning of the next stage of substantial construction" said Wang Yi, deputy head of the Institute of Science and Development at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Marine archaeologist finds wreckage of WWI German U-boat

When Tomas Termote, a marine archaeologist, plunged 100 feet into the sea near Belgium this summer, he could barely believe his eyes: In front of him was a German submarine from World War I, with two of its hatches closed and, he suspected, 23 bodies

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.

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