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Interior sued to force release of internal NMon review communications

A lawsuit was filed Wednesday to obtain Interior Department records and communications pertaining to Secretary Ryan Zinke's review of 27 national monuments established since 1996. The filing, by the Center for Biological Diversity, claims the department is unlawfully withholding those documents.

UK biggest exporter of legal ivory, study shows

The United Kingdom ships more legal ivory beyond its borders than any other country, according to an analysis released today by the London-based NGO Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

GOP representative wants Trump to shrink San Gabriel Mountains NMon

A San Bernardino County congressman is calling on the Trump administration to shrink the boundaries of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, causing anxiety among some of the monument’s ardent supporters.

Russia: 3 new PAs created in Arctic region of Nenets Autonomous Area

Three new specially protected areas — the Khaipudyrsky and Pakhanchesky nature sanctuaries and North Timan Nature Park — will be established in the Nenets Autonomous Area.

Trump's border wall would cut across numerous important wildlife refuges

On dusty land in Mission, Tex., near the Mexican border, Marianna Trevino Wright recently took a walk with a contractor.

Decades-old water pipeline in Grand Canyon NP needs replacing, USNPS says

GRAND CANYON - An aging pipeline bringing water to residents, resorts and 6 million visitors a year at the Grand Canyon has broken about 80 times since 2010 and needs a multimillion-dollar replacement, park officials say.

Study: No-take MPAs help boost populations of fish species desired by commerical fishermen

Commercial fishermen may be able to catch more of the profitable fish they want with marine reserves than without them, according to a study in the journal PNAS led by the University of California, Davis. Using marine reserves as a management tool could also help the recently rebounded West Coast groundfish fishery sustain itself, the study notes.

Philippines: PAs should be strictly off-limits to mining, new environment chief says

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu last Monday vowed to uphold at least one policy pronouncement made by his predecessor, Regina Paz L. Lopez—declaring watersheds “off-limits” to mining operations.

Indonesia: Road-building proposals in World Heritage area has enviros alarmed

One of the last and largest remnants of tropical rainforest in Asia is under threat from multiple road development plans.

This forest complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (TRHS), is located on the spine of the Bukit Barisan Mountain Range in Indonesia’s main western island, Sumatra.

US: Continuing surge that began in 2016, Glacier NP tops 1M monthly visitors for first time

Glacier National Park ushered more than 1 million visitors through its gates last month for the first time in history, shattering the previous monthly record and forecasting another groundbreaking summer for attendance.

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