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Indonesia: Rangers in Ujung Kulon NP spot what may be Javan tiger, a species thought extinct

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Park rangers in Indonesia may have spotted an animal thought to live only in folklore and history books: a Javan tiger, declared extinct more than 40 years ago.

USNPS proposes removing road through portion of Guilford Courthouse NMP

GREENSBORO — Old Battleground Road would end in a cul-de-sac at the edge of Guilford Courthouse National Military Park under a new proposal being broached by park officials.

USNPS awards funds to University of California to study history of Black Panther Party

The National Park Service is spending roughly $100,000 for a research project seeking to "honor the legacy" of the Marxist revolutionary group the Black Panther Party.

The University of California, Berkeley, which has recently been at the center of violent protests from far-left groups, is receiving funding for the project.

Utah governor says he thinks Zinke may recommend Grand Staircase–Escalante NMon to be broken up

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument could get carved up into several smaller monuments, Governor Gary Herbert said.

At his monthly news conference on KUED, the governor said Wednesday he had spoken with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about shrinking the southern Utah national monument.

Aggressive grizzly killed by officials in Yellowstone NP; had several encounters with people

Yellowstone National Park biologists captured and killed an aggressive grizzly bear in the southern part of the park earlier this month.

A news release from the park that was sent this morning said biologists captured and killed the bear Sept. 8 near Heart Lake. It was a young male grizzly and it had been involved in several conflicts with humans, according to the release.

To combat wildfires, Zinke orders more aggressive approach to cutting down vegetation on public lands

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday directed all land managers and park superintendents to be more aggressive in cutting down small trees and underbrush to prevent wildfires as the smoke-choked West faces one of the worst fire seasons in a decade.

Indonesia: Under pressure from enviros, Samsung pulls out of venture with firm accused of rainforest destruction

Samsung will stay away from any joint venture with a Korean-Indonesian conglomerate, Korindo, amid an NGO campaign highlighting Korindo’s rainforest destruction for palm oil in Indonesia’s Tanah Papua region.

Yosemite NP working toward "zero landfill" operations

Yosemite National Park has a trash problem. The more than 4 million people who visit every year and those that live in Yosemite leave 2,200 tons of garbage there annually. The park service is working to decrease the amount of that trash that ends up in the Mariposa County Landfill.

Tribes press for name changes of Yellowstone NP features; plan protest at North Entrance

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two tribes plan to demonstrate in favor of renaming a valley and a mountain in Yellowstone National Park, places they say are associated with one man who advocated slaughter of Native Americans and another who carried it out.

North Carolina county officials get first installment of long-delayed payments to settle dispute over road in Great Smoky Mountains NP

The U.S. Department of Interior, under the new leadership of Secretary Ryan Zinke, finally coughed up a payment to Swain County as part of the North Shore Road settlement agreement.

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