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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.

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.

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.

DR Congo: Looking for solutions to stop deforestation for charcoal production in Virunga NP

On the wooded outskirts of Virunga National Park, a truck lumbers down a deeply rutted dirt road. The vehicle sags and sways precariously under the weight of its illegal cargo: enormous sacks of charcoal. In the eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, most charcoal is made from trees illicitly harvested from Virunga, Africa’s oldest national park.

USNPS sends rangers to St. John to assist in recovery of island, Virgin Islands NP

ST. JOHN — Diana Dunder has volunteered with the American Red Cross for 15 years, with more than 30 deployments following hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters.

But as she waited at the Red Hook ferry terminal on the East End of St. Thomas on Tuesday, Dunder said that from what’s she seen so far, Hurricane Irma “is one of the worst” she’s been deployed on.

Virgin Islands NP vegetation will largely recover, USNPS official says, but damage is extensive

There was Betsy and Donna, Hugo and Lenny, as well as Omar and Earl and many other hurricanes before Irma made a direct hit on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and after each, the rebuilding got under way. It's no different today at Virgin Islands National Park, which occupies more than half of the 20-square-mile island. And it won't happen overnight.

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