Parkwire, The GWS Daily Digest of Global Protected Area News

Several hundred protesters waiting for Zinke as he lands in Utah for NMon listening tour

Flanked by banners promoting public lands and how they "sustain the nation," Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke arrived in Utah on Sunday to begin his review of national monuments established over the past two decades with a promise not to recommend the abolishment of any monument to President Trump.

Cambodia: New report charges huge network of corruption allows logs illegally cut in PAs to be smuggled into Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY – A new in-depth report from the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) shows that Vietnamese officials, companies and private individuals are smuggling enormous amounts of illegally logged timber from protected areas of Cambodia into Vietnam.

DOI suspends advisory panels as part of agencywide review; USBLM, USNPS among agencies hit

The Bureau of Land Management has suspended Colorado’s four Resource Advisory Councils until September as part of a national review of the agency’s advisory boards and committees.

Malaysia: In biggest-ever seizure, US$2M worth of pangolin scales confiscated; estimated 1,400 pangolins killed

Malaysia has seized more than $2 million worth of scales from pangolins, the world's most poached animal, at Kuala Lumpur airport in the largest haul seen in the country, officials said on Monday.

Student landscape development designs for Harriet Tubman NHP draw praise

AUBURN — Thursday night was emotional for Auburn City Council and several audience members.

Zinke: Developing public lands makes them better than before

[Following is the lede and continuation link to an op-ed by DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke.]

 

Edtorial: Zinke needs to resist Trump, channel Teddy

On his first day on the job, Ryan Zinke, President Trump’s secretary of the interior, rode a horse to work, in plain imitation of Teddy Roosevelt, who as president used to gallop around Washington, and whose admirable record as a conservationist Mr. Zinke says he hopes to emulate.

Poorer countries do more for wildlife conservation than rich ones, study finds

Researchers from Oxford's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) have assessed how much, or little, individual countries contribute to protecting the world's wildlife.

DOI announces public comment period for NMon review

WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior today announced the first ever formal public comment period for members of the public to officially weigh in on monument designations under the Antiquities Act of 1906, and the Department released a list of monuments under review under the President’s Executive Order 13792, issued April 26, 2017.

Kenya: Study in 2 MPAs finds some coral reefs adapting to warmer waters

A new WCS study reveals evidence that some corals are adapting to warming ocean waters -- potentially good news in the face of recent reports of global coral die offs due to extreme warm temperatures in 2016. The study appears in the latest issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series.

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