Park Wire

Belize: PA association pans government's sharp increase of tourist departure tax

By BBN Staff: The Association of Protected Areas Management Organization (APAMO) is not happy with Barrow’s cash strapped Government of Belize (GoB) intent to increase the conservation portion of the departure tax for non-Belizean from BZ $7.50 to BZ $40 on April 1st 2017.

Saguaro NP gains 44 acres, including riparian habitat, in LWCF-enabled land donation

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Trust for Public Land transferred 44 acres to Saguaro National Park (East district) located north of Vail, on Wednesday, March 22 according to a recent release.

The new acreage adds a critical water resource to SNP east.

Study questions effectiveness of species translocation

New research by University of Arkansas biologists suggests that supplementing the numbers of a threatened species with individuals from other locations might not be as effective for some species as previously thought.

Australia: New species of hard coral found in Lord Howe Island WH site

The discovery of a new species of hard coral, found on Lord Howe Island, suggests that the fauna of this isolated location in the Tasman Sea off south eastern Australia is even more distinct than previously recognised.

Global study finds 91% of MPAs are understaffed

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an increasingly popular strategy for protecting marine biodiversity, but a new global study demonstrates that widespread lack of personnel and funds are preventing MPAs from reaching their full potential. Only 9 percent of MPAs reported having adequate staff.

The findings are published in the journal Nature on March 22.

Editorial: Indiana Dunes NL deserves to be redesignated a NP

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a crown jewel at the apex of our Region's quality of life and a major economic foundation for tourism.

We've long argued anything that can enhance the social and economic benefit of the Dunes can and should be pursued.

Brazil: Yellow fever decimating howler monkey population in small Atlantic forest PA

Yellow fever, a virus carried by mosquitoes and endemic to Africa and South America, has robbed the private, federally-protected reserve of its brown howlers in an unprecedented wave of death that has swept through the region since late 2016, killing thousands of monkeys.

Essay: Mount Rushmore a monument to American bigness

Nothing about our trip to Mount Rushmore went according to plan. Our flight was delayed. We found ourselves stranded in the Minneapolis airport for four hours. “Minneapolis airport four hours,” we typed into Google, and the internet responded by persuading us to take a train to the Mall of America.

Australia: More recreational fishers in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park also engaging in poaching than previously thought

In recent decades, thousands of marine reserves have been established to protect our oceans. Yet, widespread poaching currently makes the vast majority of these reserves ineffective.

Study of coastal Alaska NPs finds trash on beaches originates from near and far

Trash adrift in the world's oceans can travel great distances and wash up on some unexpected sites, including protected and supposedly pristine national parks in Alaska.

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