User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Protection :: National Parks
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Obama moves to protect 1.8 million acres of California desert 12.2.2016 Durango Herald
LOS ANGELES – President Barack Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert, a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region’s fragile ecosystem and natural resources, as well as provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters and...
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Volcanic spires, dunes, Joshua trees: California's desert gets new federal protection 12.2.2016 LA Times: Environment

President Obama designated three new national monuments in the California desert Thursday, expanding federal protection to 1.8 million acres of landscapes that have retained their natural beauty despite decades of heavy mining, cattle ranching and off-roading.

The designation was requested by U.S....

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Imax 3-D 'National Parks Adventure' marks the Park Service's first 100 years with eye-popping footage 12.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

After camping with famed naturalist John Muir in Yosemite in 1903, President Roosevelt realized the need to preserve the American wilderness. So during his tenure in the White House, Roosevelt created five national parks and 18 national monuments.

Thirteen years after that camping trip, President...

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Obama creates 3 new national monuments to protect 1.8 million acres of California desert 12.2.2016 LA Times: Science

President Obama designated three new national monuments in the California desert Thursday, expanding federal protection to 1.8 million acres of landscapes that have retained their natural beauty despite decades of heavy mining, cattle ranching and off-roading.

The designation was requested by U.S....

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IMAX film ‘National Parks Adventure’ celebrates parks 12.2.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

A new IMAX movie debuts Friday, starring geysers, red rock canyons, mountaintops and redwood forests. Called “National Parks Adventure,” the film celebrates the beauty and thrills of America’s parks. It’s part of a yearlong celebration marking the centennial of the National Park Service. The movie was filmed over nine months in more than 30 national […]
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Steamboat briefs: More than 15,000 visitors expected in town today 11.2.2016 Steamboat Pilot
And estimated 15,400 visitors are expected to be in town Friday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday. The figure represents 97 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 100 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 97 percent capacity and condos are also expected to be 97 percent full. Lodging is expected to decrease to 9,900 visitors by Wednesday. The chamber’s lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings. City to host Bear River Park master plan open house The city of Steamboat Springs, in conjunction with the National Parks Service, is working to update the Bear River Park master plan and will be hosting an open house to present information regarding ...
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U.S. national parks bigger than you've ever seen them 10.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Narrated by Robert Redford, "National Parks Adventure" is a new IMAX 3D documentary on U.S. national parks scheduled for global release on February 12.
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Deal: Save up to $75 on train journeys starring America's national parks 9.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

America's national parks this year are celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service. That means lots of deals on trips to the country's most scenic public lands.

Here's one from Vacations by Rail: Save up to $75 on a train-travel visit to a national park.

The deal: You have 10 trips...

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Steamboat briefs: City to host Bear River Park master plan open house 9.2.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The city of Steamboat Springs, in conjunction with the National Parks Service, is working to update the Bear River Park master plan and will host a series of open houses to present information regarding the project and solicit public feedback. The first open house will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the project, and would like to provide ideas about potential future uses, is encouraged to attend. The goal of this planning effort, an update to the 2004 park master plan, is to guide the next phase of park improvements. This plan will aim to incorporate the most efficient, sustainable and desirable uses of the park space through extensive community participation. According to city officials, the end result will be a park that is consistently used by a diverse array of park users and will be one that is supported and stewarded by the community. Public outreach and communication will ...
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City to host Bear River Park master plan open house 9.2.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The city of Steamboat Springs, in conjunction with the National Parks Service, is working to update the Bear River Park master plan and will be hosting a series of open houses to present information regarding the project and solicit public feedback. The first open house will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the project, and would like to provide ideas on potential future uses, is encouraged to attend. The goal of this planning effort, which is an update to the 2004 park master plan, is to guide the next phase of park improvements. This plan will aim to incorporate the most efficient, sustainable and desirable uses of the park space through extensive community participation. According to city officials, the end result will be a park that is consistently used by a diverse array of park users and will be one that is supported and stewarded by the community. Public outreach and ...
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Dinosaur National Monument plans to remove Rocky Mountain goats 9.2.2016 Denver Post: Local
The National Park Service is drafting plans to remove or restrict Rocky Mountain goats from Dinosaur National Monument either by capture or lethal ...
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National parks face $12B backlog 7.2.2016 Durango Herald
WASHINGTON – The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, but the system faces a multibillion-dollar maintenance backlog that officials say is no cause for rejoicing.Long-delayed projects range from replacing water works at the Grand Canyon to making sure the Jefferson Memorial doesn’t sink into...
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Rules for using drones 6.2.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

The FAA requires vehicles to remain below 400 feet, within sight, clear of aircraft (and 5 miles away from airports). Their use is also banned on military bases and national parks.
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Don't shrink Australia's ocean sanctuaries, scientists urge ministers 6.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

Federal review understood to recommend expanding areas permitted for commercial fishing which experts say will be ‘terrible for the environment’

Australia’s leading marine scientists are appealing to the federal government to reject a review expected to recommend a significant reduction in the size of ocean sanctuaries and an expansion of areas permitted for commercial fishing.

Related: Big fish, big money: the business case for conservation in Australia's marine parks

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National parks face $12 billion backlog for maintenance work 6.2.2016 Chicago Tribune: Nation
The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, but the system faces a multibillion dollar maintenance backlog that officials say is no cause for rejoicing. Long-delayed projects range from replacing water works at the Grand Canyon to making sure the Jefferson ...
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National parks face $12 billion backlog for maintenance work 5.2.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, but the system faces a multibillion dollar maintenance backlog that officials say is no cause for rejoicing. Long-delayed projects range from replacing water works at the Grand Canyon to making sure the Jefferson Memorial doesn’t sink into the Tidal Basin to […]
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National parks face $12 billion backlog for maintenance work 5.2.2016 AP National
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, but the system faces a multibillion dollar maintenance backlog that officials say is no cause for rejoicing....
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Messiaen's ode to Utah's national parks is a multimedia wonder at Disney Hall 5.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The dot dot dot that Olivier Messiaen placed at the end of the title for his monument to Utah's national parks, "Des Canyons aux Étoiles …" (From the Canyons to the Stars …), clearly implies something beyond. Knowing the French composer's consummate devoutness, that should be way beyond.

His 95-minute,...

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The roots of 'America's best idea' 4.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Often called "America's best idea," the creation of the world's first national park at Yellowstone wasn't intended to be a radical new idea by a young nation.
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National Parks chief: System must appeal more to millennials 3.2.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The National Park Service needs to broaden its appeal to millennials as it celebrates its 100th birthday this year, the director of the agency said Tuesday as he touted civil rights sites that aren’t traditionally viewed as parks to a younger audience. Park Service Director Jon Jarvis spoke during a […]
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