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Bowing to pressure from industry, USNPS rescinds ban on sale of disposable water bottles

WASHINGTON – In its commitment to providing a safe and world-class visitor experience, the National Park Service is discontinuing Policy Memorandum 11-03, commonly referred to as the “Water Bottle Ban.”

Yellowstone NP considers ban on felt-soled shoes, citing potential for spread of aquatic invasives

Anglers are well aware of a universal truth: Rocks are slippery. That’s how we got the invention of felt-soled wading boots, an alternative to rubber soles meant to give anglers better footing while reeling in a lunker. Felt soles are popular, but they’ve also become a target.

At Gettysburg NMP, Confederate memorials are part of cultural landscape park is committed to preserving

The Gettysburg National Military Park, which memorializes soldiers who fought and died during the Battle of Gettysburg, including men who served in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, has not received any complaints or requests related to the monuments, said Katie Lawhon, park spokeswoman.

Fearing potential for violence, some California legislators asking USNPS to cancel permit for rally at Golden Gate NRA by "alt-right" group

Citing concern over violent clashes at a Charlottesville rally of white nationalists last weekend, a group of California lawmakers called Tuesday for the National Park Service to rescind a permit issued for a pro-Trump rally scheduled for Aug. 26 in San Francisco.

Teen charged after Massachusetts Holocaust memorial vandalized for second time in two months

A Massachusetts teenager has been charged with vandalizing a Holocaust memorial in Boston, in what the city’s police commissioner called a “senseless and shameful” act, particularly after the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va.

Study: Logged tropical forests not necessarily "degraded"; still harbor significant mammal populations

Logged tropical forests have a bit of a bad reputation in the conservation community. They’re often seen as sub-standard habitats for animals, especially when compared with the robust and varied ecosystem in an old-growth forest.

Liberia: Legislators vote to establish Grebo-Krahn NP

Monrovia - The House of Senate of the Liberian Legislature has passed a law establishing the Grebo-Krahn National Park.

The law was passed by the Committee on Agriculture and Forestry and Fisheries review of the Act to establish the Park followed by consultative stakeholders meetings.

Cambodia: 9 very rare Siamese crocodiles hatched in captivity; some will eventually be released back into wild

On June 28, 2017, conservationists chanced upon a nest containing 19 eggs of the extremely rare Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) in the Sre Ambel District of Koh Kong Province in Cambodia. This was the first Siamese crocodile nest researchers had recorded in the Sre Ambel River System in six years of their work.

USNPS to convene committee to study overcrowding in most popular parks

Key to ongoing debates into how to manage seemingly ever growing visitation at Zion and Yellowstone, Yosemite and Acadia, and Glacier and Grand Canyon national parks is the notion of how national parks should be preserved and protected for future generations. It's a natural conversation in light of what one might call overcrowding of these places.

Baltimore takes down 4 Confederate statues in overnight operation that proceeded without incident

Statues dedicated to Confederate heroes were swiftly removed across Baltimore in the small hours of Wednesday morning, just days after violence broke out over the removal of a similar monument in neighboring Virginia.

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