User: flenvcenter Topic: Land-National
Category: Conservation :: Large-Scale
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Climate change may imperil Joshua trees; group seeks tougher California protections 15.10.2019 LA Times: Environment

An environmental group Tuesday plans to ask the California Fish and Game Commission to designate the western Joshua Tree as threatened, a push sure to set off battles with desert developers.

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Steamboat’s toxic cave is home to weird worms, crystal-forming bacteria and now, possibly, a National Natural Landmark 5.9.2019 Denver Post: Entertainment
The Sulphur Cave at Howelsen Hill is under consideration for a National Natural Landmark through the National Park Service.
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When everybody wants a piece of 'God's country' 8.7.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
The Trump administration plans to open up parts of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to more mining and grazing. It's become a flashpoint in the grab for public lands.
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Under the Sea: A Diving Bucket List 1.7.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Explorer Kristin Hetterman has dived all over the world - but she still hasn't completed her underwater bucket list. Comprised of reefs, atolls and miraculous sights, here is her wish list.
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Trump’s stance on national monuments is straight out of the 19th century 22.2.2019 LA Times: Commentary

As outrage over family separations at the border erupted last summer, news quietly broke about a different Trump administration policy. The Washington Post reported that senior officials at the Interior Department had dismissed evidence supporting the historic, cultural and economic value of national...

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A moment of bipartisanship in Congress could mean good news for conservation 19.2.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

When members of the House of Representatives return from the February break next week, something unusual will be waiting for them: a sweeping, 662-page bipartisan package of 110 proposals the Senate approved last week — by an overwhelming 92-8 vote — that would protect more than 1.3 million acres...

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Light Pollution Has Made Stargazing Impossible in Most Places—But Not in National Parks 28.12.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Atlas Obscura. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. On a crisp September night, the rocky coastline around Sand Beach in Acadia National Park feels like the edge of the world. A rapt audience is gathered in the darkness, huddled together on blankets for one of the park’s most popular ranger-led […]
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July 9, 2018 9.7.2018 EcoTone
ESA Policy News In This Issue: Congress Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman releases Endangered Species Act legislation, Senate passes Farm Bill and legislative updates. Executive Branch EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigns, US Fish and Wildlife Service proposes ending red wolf management program and more. Courts Rhode Island sues oil companies for climate change damages, ...
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The Energy 202: Interior agency blocks group of archaeologists from attending scientific conference 3.5.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Some groups say it's an example of the Trump Interior Department’s effort to restrict researchers’ scientific communications.
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Mining company challenges its 'bad actor' label in Montana 12.4.2018 AP Business
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- An Idaho mining company was due in a Montana courtroom on Thursday to challenge its designation by state officials as an industry "bad actor" because of pollution tied to its CEO....
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Unlike those in the resistance, certain career officials’ stars have risen under Trump 26.3.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Some civil servants who were out of sync with the Obama White House are now wielding key influence — at times helping to undo policies they opposed in previous years. 
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Michael Bennet, Jared Polis put forth bill to bolster protection for more than 98,000 acres of federal land in Colorado 28.1.2018 Denver Post: Outdoors
As the outdoor recreation world rallied in Denver, two of Colorado’s leaders in Washington offered a plan to bolster protection for more than 98,000 acres of federal land in Eagle and Summit counties.
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Exclusive Interview With Guy Who Just Emerged From Wreckage of Trump Park Service 20.1.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. On Jan. 15, nine of 12 members of the National Park System Advisory Board sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announcing their resignation, effectively dissolving the board. It was an act of protest against an administration […]
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Idaho lands nation's first International Dark Sky Reserve 20.12.2017 AP National
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A giant chunk of central Idaho with a dazzling night sky has become the nation's first International Dark Sky Reserve....
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Rock Creek National Park? Norton wants a new name for nation’s oldest urban park. 20.12.2017 Washington Post
Rock Creek National Park? Norton wants a new name for nation’s oldest urban park.
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GOP lures some mountain bike groups in its push to roll back protections for public land 19.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

When their vision of creating a scenic cycling trail through a protected alpine backcountry hit a snag, San Diego area mountain bikers turned to an unlikely ally: congressional Republicans aiming to dilute conservation laws.

The frustrations of the San Diego cycling group and a handful of similar...

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Tribe wary of monument in Montana as others reduced by Trump 10.12.2017 AP National
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Even as it clashes with American Indians over reductions to national monuments in the Southwest, the Trump administration is pursuing creation of a new monument on the border of a Montana reservation where tribal officials remain wary of the idea....
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The Energy 202: Legal battle over national monuments is just beginning 6.12.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Environmentalists are gearing up for a big fight.
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Now We Finally Know How Much Federal Land Could Be at Stake in Trump’s Rush for More Drilling 5.12.2017 Mother Jones
In his speech from Salt Lake City, Utah, on Monday, President Trump called the national monuments he was there to shrink a “natural bounty” that the nation should put “to great and wonderful use.” In this administration, “natural bounty” and “great and wonderful use” do not necessarily refer to the monuments’ beauty and cultural value, but to the vast […]
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Trump says his Bears Ears decision isn’t ‘controversial.’ But he’s wrong. 5.12.2017 Washington Post
The decision to shrink the acreage of federal land protected by national monument designations has many detractors, including some Native Americans.
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