Parkwire, The GWS Daily Digest of Global Protected Area News

Confederacy defenders mount threats as New Orleans continues plans to remove monuments

NEW ORLEANS — For Malcolm Suber, the Confederate monuments that dot this Deep South city stand for white supremacy, pure and simple. Instead of just taking them down, Mr.

Cayman Islands: Country's first PAs authorized; NP on horizon

Plans to turn part of the Barkers peninsula into a national park, protected from development, have taken a step closer after the approval of 11 pieces of land on Grand Cayman and Little Cayman as the islands’ first protected areas.

Editorial: Why is vandalism of natural features in PAs considered a lesser crime than destroying property?

Could someone explain why torching an unused forest lookout post is a more serious crime than dynamiting a sandstone arch, millions of years old, inside of a National Park?

Beach at base of sand dune where boy nearly suffocated to re-open at Indiana Dunes NL after 4-year closure

MICHIGAN CITY – The beach at Mt. Baldy is scheduled to reopen this summer for the first time in nearly four years, after an Illinois boy who had been playing there was buried alive inside the dune.

Indonesia: Recent surge in sea turtle trafficking has officials worried

DENPASAR, Indonesia — A recent spate of busts has placed Bali in the spotlight once again as a key domestic market for endangered sea turtles. In February, Bali marine police officers confiscated 600 kilograms of butchered green turtle meat from a truck that had travelled from Madura Island to the resort enclave of Kuta.

Floods closes Ozark NSR: "We have not seen flooding of this severity in the park before"

At the height of the recent flood, the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers rivers in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways crested almost 10 feet above historic highs, causing unprecedented damage to park facilities and surrounding communities.

Study: In 63% of US NPs, noise pollution is at least twice as prevalent as natural sounds

Mountain climbers seek summits to get away from the civilized world, but one human impact can follow them to the highest peaks: Noise.

Working his way to the summit of Glacier National Park’s Going-To-The-Sun Mountain recently, Kalispell author Blake Passmore recalled how traffic sounds played tricks on his ears.

Reservoir in South Florida gets OK after long wait; key part of Everglades restoration plan

An ambitious plan to build a massive reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee was approved by the Florida Legislature on Tuesday.

Zinke expected to tour Bears Ears, Grand Staircase–Escalante NMons next week as part of Trump-ordered review

SALT LAKE CITY — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will fly into Salt Lake City on Sunday and is set to tour spots in the controversial Bears Ears National Monument Monday — on horseback, San Juan County Commissioner Bruce Adams said Tuesday.

Adams said he and the other San Juan County commissioners, Phil Lyman and Rebecca Benally, met with Zinke Tuesday.

South Africa: Leopard numbers down sharply in key habitat area, study claims

South Africa banned the hunting of leopards last year amid uncertainty over the species’ numbers and ongoing threats to its survival posed by mismanagement of the trophy hunting industry and the illegal trade in its fur.

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