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USBLM declines to significantly reduce cattle grazing in Crater of the Moon NMon

BOISE, Idaho – Cattle grazing will continue at a south-central Idaho national monument known for its ancient lava flows following a challenge by an environmental group, federal officials announced this week.

BASE jumper asks: If Yosemite NP allows mountain climbing, why not his sport?

Austin Carey says he loves to leap from Yosemite National Park’s towering granite cliffs. Even a near-deadly plunge in 2015 hasn’t stopped him from being a BASE jumper.

Japan has failed to clamp down on online sales of ivory, report says

Thousands of jewelry, seals, scrolls and other items made of elephant ivory continue to be sold online in Japan each week, concludes a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.

Analysis: Here are 5 NMons that may be most at risk for downsizing or elimination in Trump's review

No president has ever abolished a national monument designated by a predecessor. President Trump may try to change that.

Illegally operated drone in Yosemite NP forces park helicopter to land out as safety precaution

Drones can offer incredible vantage points for photographers, but they also can be a danger to aircraft. And so when a drone appeared in the air near Glen Aulin in Yosemite National Park, a park helicopter had to land rather than risk collision.

Yellowstone NP visitor survey says: too many tourists, not enough rangers

Yellowstone National Park visitors sound like an unhappy lot, judging by comments they provided to consultants.

Conservancy adds 42-acre parcel to Carrizo Plain NMon

The Carrizo Plain Conservancy announces that it has donated a 42-acre parcel of private land with a quarter-mile of shoreline on Soda Lake to the United States of America for inclusion in the Carrizo Plain National Monument.

Namibia: Critics say new law gives EM too much power over concessions in PAs

ENVIRONMENT ministry insiders say the amended Nature Conservation Act gives minister Pohamba Shifeta unfettered powers to award concession rights to private entities in protected areas.

The government gazetted the amended law on 28 June this year.

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India: Nine more PAs to get bolstered protections against development

BENGALURU: After Bandipur National Park, nine more wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka have received the Eco Sensitive Zone (ESZ) tag, thereby giving protected areas (PAs) the much-needed protection from commercial mining, polluting industries and indiscriminate commercial and tourism activities. The tag is expected for Dandeli and Anshi National Park soon.

Analysis: Time to limit growth aroung Pine Barrens NPres?

The largest expanse of open space in the U.S.’s heavily populated Northeast corridor is the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.

But with development encroaching on the Pineland’s main aquifer and its rare wetland habitats, some conservationists say it’s time to limit growth in the surrounding region.

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