Parkwire, The GWS Daily Digest of Global Protected Area News

Myth of the "loyal slave" lives on in some Confederate monuments

The violence witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a white nationalist rally  thrust the debate about Confederate monuments onto the nation's front pages.  Should statues honoring the leaders of the Confederacy, like that of General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, remain standing?

Feature: Can grizzly bears expand beyond their range in areas around Yellowstone NP?

SLAND PARK, Idaho – From the top of 9,898-foot Sawtell Peak, just outside the western boundary of Yellowstone National Park, I imagined I was a young male grizzly bear on the move, seeking new territory beyond the park’s safety.

Wawona area of Yosemite NP still threatened by wildfire, though pace of spread has slowed

Humidity has helped slow the spread of the South Fork Fire in Yosemite National Park, though residents of the Wawona community remained under a voluntary evacuation order.

Tanzania: Leading anti-poaching activist shot dead by gunmen in car attack; had received numerous threats

The head of an animal conservation NGO who had received numerous death threats has been shot and killed by an unknown gunman in Tanzania.

Dominican Republic: PAs should be incorporated into national tourism planning, industry official urges

Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic Hotels and Tourism Association (ASONAHORES) president Joel Santos said the country’s protected areas, which account for over 25% of the national territory, should be incorporated to the country’s tourism and economic development.

Sand to Snow NMon latest to be taken off Trump administration review list

At least one expanse of protected land in California is now officially safe from the Trump administration’s plan to eliminate or shrink some country’s national monuments.

Mali: Islamist militant ordered to pay huge fine for destroying historic religious sites in Timbuktu

A jihadist from Mali has been ordered to pay $3.2 million in damages for his role in destroying 14th century Timbuktu shrines in 2012 in a landmark ruling by the International Criminal Court.

Nepal: Tiger population recovering rapidly in Parsa NP

Tigers once roamed widely throughout Asia, from Turkey to the east coast of Russia and down to Vietnam. But a variety of threats, including human-wildlife conflict, the over-hunting of tiger prey species by humans, and especially poaching for the illegal trade of tiger skins, bones, and meat, has left vast areas of otherwise suitable tiger habitat unoccupied today.

Charlottesville sparks nationwide reckoning over what to do with Confederate statues

BALTIMORE — It happened in the dead of night.

Around midnight, as Tuesday turned into Wednesday, a crew of police officers and workers wielding a large crane began making rounds of the city’s parks and public squares, hauling away monuments to Confederate heroes.

Australia: Government wants to close all its long-term ecological study sites, scientists say

The Australian government is planning to eliminate funding for all 12 of its long-term ecological study sites by the end of the year, according to a letter in the journal Science by 69 scientists who denounced the decision.

The sites include rainforest, swamps, alpine, coastal, and desert ecosystems, including the 3,000-square-mile Simpson Desert in the Australian Outback.

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