Parkwire, The GWS Daily Digest of Global Protected Area News

As Wyoming plans for grizzly hunts should bear be delisted, Yellowstone NP superintendent asks that impact on tourists be considered

Grizzly bears may be taken off the endangered species list soon. And, a Wyoming Game and Fish supervisor said the state will make plans for grizzly hunts. Yellowstone’s superintendent said he wants Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho to consider the impact on park visitors who come to see grizzly bears. A Sierra Club representative said it is too soon to remove federal protections.

USNPS to evaluate new sunrise-viewing reservation system at Haleakala NP

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Park Service on Thursday said it would study whether to keep its new system requiring reservations to drive up to Haleakala’s summit to see the sunrise.

Park officials concerned after Grand Canyon NP gateway community votes to allow much taller buildings

A spurt of potential growth in the skyline of Tusayan, Arizona, just south of Grand Canyon National Park, has generated concern over how commercialism is impacting the national park.

One lodging company fears that a decision by Tusayan officials to nearly double the allowable building height in town, from 35 feet to 65 feet, will "drastically change the landscape" near the park.

Guyana: Government confiscates mining equipment in Kaieteur NP

GEORGETOWN, Guyana - Soldiers in the South American country of Guyana have seized heavy-duty mining equipment from a protected area that features one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world.

Authorities said Thursday that nearly 30 pontoons with pumps were dredging river beds for gold and diamonds in Kaieteur National Park.

Pakistan: Astola Island declared country's first MPA

KARACHI: The Astola Island, a huge island famous for its scenic beauty and is located off the Balochistan coast, has been designated as Pakistan’s first ever Marine Protected Area (MPA) under Convention on Biological Diversity on Thursday.

Work on sewer, water lines at Muir Woods NMon seen as important to protecting water quality and habitat in nearby creek

The National Park Service has plans to replace aging sewer and water lines in the Muir Woods National Monument that could cause “significant damage” to the environment if they rupture, including to Redwood Creek, home to delicate fish populations.

Woman whose "art" vandalized several Western NPs completes community service sentence

The woman who left her mark on multiple national treasures three years ago has paid a $175 fine and completed a community-service requirement — with six hours to spare — set in her plea agreement.

Analysis: Radium-contaminated section of Gateway NRA unlikely to be restored, opened to the public anytime soon

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - The National Park Service stopped by Community Board 2 last week to update members of the board's parks and environmental committees about the progress in cleaning up radium-tainted Great Kills Park.

In a nutshell: Don't hold your breath.

Even as 23 new biosphere reserves added worldwide, US quietly withdraws 17 from the UNESCO network—at least for now


A major list of the world’s wildest natural treasures was just expanded—although a number of sites were also removed.

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