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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.

Trump administration backpedals on sage grouse conservation plan; Zinke orders re-evaluation of habitat protections

The Trump administration is changing the way it protects the greater sage grouse in an effort to provide states more flexibility in how they deal with the imperiled bird.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke publicly released a 53-page report Monday from an internal review committee and ordered his department to implement numerous recommendations from the report.

Madagascar: Prospect of large rare-earth mineral mine adjacent to PA has conservationists and locals worried

AMPASINDAVA PENINSULA, Madagascar — Solondraza, a 63-year-old farmer in northwestern Madagascar, has led a mostly conflict-free life. He and his wife live in a small house made of ravinala, a type of palm tree that fans out across the hilly landscape.

Editorial: Why we need Confederate monuments

Since the horrific church shooting in Charleston, S.C., two years ago, calls to remove Confederate flags and monuments have swept the South from Virginia to Texas.

Feature: One of the Soviet era's most enduring legacies is ecological: a system of strict nature reserves

NEW HAVEN — Atop a granite cliff in Siberia this past winter, I stood gazing at what became, 100 years ago, the first in the world’s largest system of most protected nature reserves. To my west glistened mile-deep Lake Baikal.

Editorial: Governments need to step forward and take on out-of-control tourism

In Barcelona this summer, I was shown a protest sign written in English that said: “Why call it tourism season if we can’t kill them?” Anger over unhampered tourism is getting ugly, even in

Plans to redevelop former open-pit mine on edge of Joshua Tree NP part of never-ending battle over West's landscape

Just beyond the southeast corner of Joshua Tree National Park, rows of boarded-up houses, gouged mountainsides and concrete ruins are an ugly reminder of the never-ending battle over the West’s public lands.

Trump's push to open up more coal production on federal lands has boosted the industry for now, but long-term prospects look dimmer

DECKER, Mont. — The Trump administration is wading into one of the oldest and most contentious debates in the West by encouraging more coal mining on lands owned by the federal government.

It is part of an aggressive push to both invigorate the struggling American coal industry and more broadly exploit commercial opportunities on public lands.

Aptly named Exit Glacer in Kenai Fjords NP is, indeed, on its way out, symbolizing the impacts of climate change

SEWARD — A finger of ice spilling out of the Chugach Mountains marks Alaska's rapidly warming climate — almost literally.

Editorial: New BC government breathes new life into proposal for NP Reserve in South Okanagan-Similkameen

A new report released Monday draws attention to the importance of a South Okanagan-Similkameen national park reserve to Canada’s international conservation commitments.

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