Park Wire

Over 50 acres, 2000 feet of river frontage added to Chattahoochee NRA

Thanks to the recent acquisition of a key Gwinnett County property, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is now 55 acres bigger. 

The Trust for Public Land and the National Park Service announced Friday the purchase of the property near Suwanee, which boasts nearly 2,000 feet of river frontage.

Reversing trend, camping in US NPs soars in popularity

A more welcoming atmosphere combined with the National Park Service’s centennial celebration could pay short- and long-term dividends in national parks, as campers were drawn to more parks in 2016 and say they intend to increase their frequency of camping this year – with national parks again as the top planned destination.

Chile: New "Route of Parks" looks to preserve Patagonia's wild core

The road to Parque Pumalín is festooned with dozens of whitewater waterfalls that slip down the steep cliffs into a thick forest overrun by ferns and plants with leaves as big as beach umbrellas. An active volcano threatens to wipe out the sparse human settlements that are scattered like frontier outposts, often holding populations of fewer than 100 residents.

USNPS needs closer oversight of funds donating to cooperating associations, review finds

National Park Service officials do not have in place a sound process for reviewing how funds donated to park cooperating agencies across the country are managed and spent, according to the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General.

Editorial: We can't allow the Antiquities Act to be compromised by rollback plans

As President Trump and the 115th Congress lay out their legislative agenda, there have been troubling discussions of gutting a critical tool for protecting some of our nation’s most special places.

Recently discovered peatlands in Amazon, Africa need PA status to preserve them as carbon sinks, study declares

Recently discovered peatlands in Amazonia and Africa must be protected from commercial agriculture to prevent environmental disaster, say researchers at the University of St Andrews.

Australia: Scientists gear up to monitor second consecutive year of bleaching in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Coral researchers are remobilizing to conduct aerial and underwater surveys along the Great Barrier Reef and elsewhere in Australia as coral bleaching reappears for the second year in a row. The decision coincides with the release of a study in the journal Nature warning the Reef's resilience is rapidly waning.

Local GOP officials, Trump at odds over building border wall through Big Bend NP, other remote PAs

Not even Donald Trump can build a wall as beautiful as what God has built here, says the GOP chairman for Presidio County, in the heart of the Big Bend, the vast, remote nook of West Texas.

US: Glacier NP to ease up on precautionary mussel-protection boating ban

WEST GLACIER — Glacier National Park plans to ease restrictions on boating on park lakes that were closed last fall when invasive mussel larvae were found in two Montana reservoirs.

Park officials said Friday that hand-propelled boats will be permitted beginning May 15 for Lake McDonald and the North Fork and June 1 for all remaining areas of the park.

Editorial: Cause of damage to Great Barrier Reef no mystery, and neither is solution (hint: backsliding isn't part of it)

Reports that the Great Barrier Reef is dying come ever more frequently, ever more urgently. There is no mystery about the reason — it’s global warming, caused by the fossil fuels we burn.

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