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Historians: Trump's latest remarks on Charlottesville violence confuse memorials with history

President Trump is not generally known as a student of history. But on Tuesday, during a combative exchange with reporters at Trump Tower in New York, he unwittingly waded into a complex debate about history and memory that has roiled college campuses and numerous cities over the past several years.

Preservationists advancing in quest to save Civil War battlefield site in West Virginia

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — History buffs are doing their best to make sure the site of a Civil War battle in Jefferson County remains preserved.

“It doesn’t have meaning unless we give it meaning,” said Dennis Frye, the chief historian at nearby Harpers Ferry National Park and a founding member of the Civil War Trust preservation organization

Bolivia: Shunting aside protests, president approves controversial highway through Indigenous NP

Bolivia has given the go ahead to a controversial highway which would cut through an Amazon biodiversity hotspot almost the size of Jamaica and home to 14,000 mostly indigenous people.

President Evo Morales enacted the new law opening the way for the 190-mile (300km) road through the Isiboro Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park, known as Tipnis, its Spanish acronym.

Leftist protesters tear down Confederate statue in North Carolina

Chanting “No K.K.K., no fascist U.S.A.,” the protesters slung a rope around the Confederate soldier’s neck and pulled.

South Africa: Constitutional court rules out mining in PAs

MBOMBELA – Mining activities are not allowed in the country’s nature reserves and other protected areas.

In a pioneering judgement, the Constitutional Court recently made this ruling after hearing a case about the Barberton Nature Reserve.

Canada: BC to ban all grizzly trophy hunting

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - British Columbian plans to stop all grizzly bear trophy hunting throughout the western Canadian province as of Nov. 30, a government minister said on Monday.

Hunting for meat would be allowed to continue, Doug Donaldson, the minister for forests, lands, natural resource operations and rural development, said in a statement.

Editorial: Time to think about seasonal visitor limits at Yosemite NP

Never has this question been more timely or pivotal: Is America’s beloved Yosemite Valley being crowded beyond its “carrying capacity”?

At what point does the half-a-billion dollars generated annually by Yosemite for regional businesses need to be adjusted to keep from suffocating the goose that lays the golden eggs?

Diversity concerns continue: Survey shows 82% of visitors to Yellowstone NP in 2016 were white, 15% Asian

Not too many years ago there was a concern that the national parks were losing their relevancy with the American public. Crowds that have been swarming the park system since last year should be easing that concern, though if Yellowstone National Park is any indication, the park system still lacks racial diversity among its visitors.

Arkansas group hopes for USNPS memorial to victims 1919 racial unrest; most were African Americans

In September 1919, former slave and reverend Elias Camp Morris became a peacemaker.

The Elaine Massacre was raging just 20 miles south of Helena, turning the Delta cotton fields and woodlands of southern Phillips County into killing fields. And the town's white society was growing fearful over rumors that "black insurrection" would soon spread to Helena.

National parks gird for expected throngs of eclipse-watchers next week

Looking for a quiet, natural setting in which to view the country’s first total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years?

You’re not alone: According to reports, the U.S. National Park Service is expecting hordes of skyward-gazing visitors to descend upon its grounds.

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