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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

Hushed-up internal USNPS report showed that plastic water bottle ban was working before Trump killed it

Long before the Trump administration rescinded a ban on the sale of disposable water bottles in select national parks, the Interior Department was aware of a report from the National Park Service that the program worked.

The report was quietly made public at the end of the day Friday after organizations submitted Freedom of Information Act requests for its release.

Slovakia: EM calls for better protections for forests — now being salvage-logged — in Low Tatras NP

The protection of national heritage, to which forests undoubtedly belong, must become an overriding issue. Environment Minister László Sólymos (Most-Híd) said this when presenting the National Forest Memorandum to the Agriculture Minister, Gabriela Matečná, on September 25.

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

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. 

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.

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