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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.

Home of assassinated Civil Rights leader Evers recommended for NMon status in Zinke memo

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi civil rights sites, including the home of slain leader Medgar Evers, should be considered for national monument designation, the U.S. interior secretary says in a memo to President Donald Trump.

Secretary Ryan Zinke makes the recommendation in a 19-page memo that was leaked.

Scientists: Opening Papahānaumokuā Marine NMon to commercial fishing "truly awful advice"

Marine scientists are warning that if the Trump administration rescinds fishing protections around eight Pacific islands, the United States will lose one of its best laboratories for measuring how a warming climate affects marine life.

Site of rare Devils Hole pupfish in Death Valley NP rattled by earthquake shocks 1500 miles away in Mexico

Two deadly earthquakes in Mexico this month also left their mark on a water-filled cavern in Nevada that is home to one of the world’s most endangered fish.

Wilderness advocacy group touts 15 places that should be off-limits to O&G drilling

A new report released today by The Wilderness Society raises the alarm about wild lands threatened by extractive industries eager to exploit the resources on or underneath them, including oil, gas and coal.

Editorial: Fight over Cascade-Siskiyou NMon pits competing claims against each other

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s memo to President Donald Trump recommending that the president modify 10 national monuments created by his predecessors, including shrinking the boundaries of four, is fraught with factual errors and may be on shaky legal ground.

Long-standing access problem at Yucca House NMon on verge of solution

A long-standing access issue at Yucca House National Monument is one step closer to being resolved.

On Monday, Montezuma County commissioners agreed to support a key land donation to the monument so the public access point could be relocated off a ranchers’ land.

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Urban tree expert called in to preserve stately elms on National Mall

The elm trees that ring the National Mall in Washington, D.C., have stood witness to presidential inaugurations, given shaded respite to marchers and protestors, and provided millions of tourists with fresh air amid one of the busiest cities in the world.

Study: SoCal MPAs have quickly boosted once-collapsing rockfish populations

West Coast rockfish species in deep collapse only 20 years ago have multiplied rapidly in large marine protected areas off Southern California, likely seeding surrounding waters with enough offspring to offer promise of renewed fishing, a new study has found.

Canada: Ex-RCMP officer gets 5 years in jail for smuggling narwhal tusks

(Reuters) - A retried Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer was sentenced on Wednesday by a U.S. judge to five years and two months in prison, after pleading guilty to 10 money laundering charges related to a scheme to smuggle Arctic narwhal tusks.

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