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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.

Cabins renovated in historic Elkmont District of Great Smoky Mountains NP

TOWNSEND — It still takes imagination to envision sitting among the suit-and-dress crowd listening to the orchestra on a Saturday night at the Appalachia Club House in the Elkmont Historic District of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Trump's border wall would pose especially big concerns at Organ Pipe Cactus NMon, advocates say

Driving up to a trailhead just a few miles from the US-Mexico border in Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, biologist Rosemary Schiano’s first advice is to cover our spare water gallons.

“People will break into your car if they see water, especially in this heat,” she says.

Management plan for Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District completed

A General Management Plan for the Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District received final authorization from the National Park Service.

Nepal: Government to remeasure Mount Everest, centerpiece of Sagarmatha NP, to see if it has gotten shorter

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal will measure Mount Everest afresh to settle a controversy over height of the world’s tallest peak, especially after some estimates suggested it became a little shorter in the wake of an earthquake two years ago, officials said on Friday.

New information reveals that namesake of peak in Grand Teton NP was sexual harasser

The first superintendent of Grand Teton National Park has a mountain named in his honor — a long-lasting legacy that a leading park historian says is perhaps undeserved.

Liberia: Newly created Grebo-Krahn NP home to important population of endangered chimpanzees

The Liberian government designated a new national park in August 2017 that will protect an important population of Critically Endangered western chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus), as well as several other species of large mammals.

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