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Plenty of divided opinions at meeting on whether to press for NP redesignation of Lavd Beds NMon

TULELAKE — Not everybody thinks turning Lava Beds National Monument into a national park is a good idea.

Following a Lava Beds tour Wednesday, about 30 people attended a round-table discussion at Tulelake City Hall that was contentious at times.

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Man charged with vandalism of casemate wall at Fort Sumter NMon

A Sullivan’s Island man was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of damaging and defacing an archaeological resource — Fort Sumter — in violation of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and committing a depredation against property of the United States, United States Attorney Beth Drake announced today.

China: Recent rosy stories on tiger recovery overstate progress, enviro group says

Tiger populations in Asia have plummeted by an estimated 96% since the start of the 20th century, falling from 100,000 animals to fewer than 4,000. Of those left, half are in India.

Preliminary necropsy: White wolf, well-known to tourists at Yellowstone NP, had been shot

Preliminary results from a necropsy show that a well-known white wolf was shot in the area of Gardiner, Montana, last month, Yellowstone National Park officials said late Thursday.

As a result of the gunshot, the wolf had to be euthanized by Yellowstone staff.

Australia: Indigenous PAs get 5-year extension in new federal budget

Indigenous Protected Areas appear to have been thrown a lifeline in the federal budget, with a five-year extension of funding.

Funding for IPAs was due to end in the middle of next year, and there have been nationwide campaigns for a commitment to renew the agreement and expand it along with the associated Indigenous ranger program.

In turnaround, USEPA to clear way for consideration of Bristol Bay mine in Alaska

U.S. environmental regulators have cleared the path for a stalled copper and gold mine in Alaska by agreeing to settle current lawsuits and other issues over the project, which had drawn environmental concerns over its potential impact on the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery.

Analysis: USNPS urging people to follow drone rules, leave tech at home when visiting NPs

Andrew Studer was admiring a massive lava fire hose at Hawaii Volcanoes national park when he spotted something unusual: a small quadcopter drone flying very close to the natural wonder pouring hot molten rock.

Indonesia: Tiny remaining population of Javan rhinos in Ujung Kulon NP could be wiped out by a single natural disaster

The world's only population of Javan rhinoceros, already under severe threat from poaching, could go extinct in the future due to natural disasters, including volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, according to a new study published in Conservation Letters.

Trump's DOI reverses course, expresses approval for controversial James River power line

Most, if not all, elementary school children in the United States today learn about Virginia's Jamestown, Captain John Smith, and how Pocahontas purportedly saved his life during the winter of 1607-08.

Malawi: Loggers who cut down millions of trees inside Lengwe NP get jail sentences, forfeit equipment under new law

BLANTYRE, Malawi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Last November, rangers in Malawi’s Lengwe National Park arrested 35 illegal loggers within the park boundaries as they felled timber with a half-million dollars worth of equipment brought in via an illegal road from neighboring Mozambique.

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