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Calling Trump's NMon review "fundamentally flawed," Maine's attorney general vows suit if Katahdin Woods & Waters changed

AUGUSTA — Attorney General Janet Mills called the Trump administration’s review of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument “fundamentally flawed” and vowed Monday to “challenge any unlawful executive branch action” regarding the monument’s designation.

After Zinke floats idea of privatizing NP campgrounds, many fear jump in prices

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says government shouldn’t be in the business of running campgrounds, so he wants to turn national park campsites over to private businesses.

Zinke recommends scaling back Bear Ears NMon; final decision rests with Trump, but if he agrees enviros will sue

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended President Trump “revise the existing boundaries” of the Bears Ears National Historic Monument and call on Congress to dictate the terms of how parts of the area should be managed.

Native American and environmental groups immediately threatened to sue should Trump follow the recommendation.

Cruise ships traversing Glacier Bay NP&Pres disturbing murrelets, study finds

When the U.S. National Park Service was established by the Organic Act of 1916, just over 100 years ago, it was given two mandates: to protect the natural resources in its parks, while also allowing for enjoyment of those resources. Sometimes, these mandates conflict.

US supports UN call to action on ocean conservation, but Paris withdrawal hangs over announcement

The United States supported a global call to action at the United Nations on Friday to conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas and marine resources, even as it noted President Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from a pact to fight climate change.

Reflecting pool at Lincoln Memorial to be drained after parasite kills dozens of ducklings

The National Park Service will drain the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool this weekend after approximately 80 ducklings were found dead, including 53 in one day.

The culprit is a parasite that grows in snails that live in the pool, said park service spokesman Mike Litterst.

Editorial: US needs NHP dedicated to radio astronomy

After about a decade of study and planning, a November 2015 Memorandum of Understanding between the secretaries of Interior and Energy established Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Operated jointly by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Park Service, this park consists of three sites: Hanford, Washington; Los Alamos, New Mexico; and Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Local officials urging USBLM to buy key parcel from The Nature Conservancy

It’s not often that you find Park County commissioners urging the federal government to buy up private land.

But there’s an apparent overwhelming consensus that roughly 1,800 acres of land on top of Sheep Mountain west of Cody should be put in the hands of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Record-breaking year for Kemp's ridley sea turtle nests in Texas; 78 hatchlings released at Padre Island NS

It was still dark outside and the parking lot was filling up.

More than a half-hour before the sun rose, Padre Island National Seashore was full of spectators waiting to catch a glimpse of the endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle hatchlings.

Zinke will concentrate all DOI climate change research in USGS

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told lawmakers Thursday that his agency is doing research on climate change, but it will be focused in one division of the sprawling department instead of four or five.

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