User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Protection :: National Parks
Last updated: Feb 25 2017 07:00 IST RSS 2.0
 
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U.S. Geological Survey hails an early spring — and deems it a red flag for climate change 25.2.2017 Washington Post
While the balmy conditions this February may seem nice on the surface, an early spring can come with all kinds of downsides, including serious agricultural risks.
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Chaffetz probes Bryce Canyon tweet welcoming Bears Ears 22.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The day after President Barack Obama named the Bears Ears National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park tweeted out its exuberant support and noted that a spot for the monument’s map had “long been held” at the park’s front desk. An attached picture showed an empty slot, labeled “Bears Ears” between maps of Arches and Canyonlands national parks. The less-than-140-character message quickly drew the interest of Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican and chairman of the House Oversigh... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Letter: Herbert's record on public lands is not so good 21.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Recently, Gov. Gary Herbert tried to convince people that Utah has a commitment to public lands and recreation. It is a fallacy. During his tenure as governor, Utah State Parks has seen its general fund tax dollars cut. The Office of Outdoor Recreation was a direct result of an earlier battle with the Outdoor Industry Association over Utah’s public lands policy. The promotion of the national parks in Utah happens because tourism is big business. But remember: It was Utah’s junior senator who c...
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Hiking the Sierra and Joshua Tree, plus a nature walk in San Pedro 19.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

BACKPACKING

Presentation

Chris Casado will present his favorite trans-Sierra hike: 75 miles across Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks to the summit of Mt. Whitney.

When, where: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the REI store in Woodland Hills, 6220 Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Admission, info: Free. (818) 703-5300

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Op-ed: Herbert's actions on public lands speak louder than his words 19.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The governor “doth protest too much, methinks.” William Shakespeare’s famous line from Hamlet sprang to mind after reading Gov. Gary Herbert’s op-ed in last Sunday’s Tribune, “Utah loves its public lands,” which went to great lengths to proclaim Utah elected officials’ passion for doing right by the land. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Utah is ground zero for the some of the most egregious acts by elected officials seeking to disenfranchise hundreds of millions of Americans from their fed...
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National parks are free Monday for Presidents Day 18.2.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
National parks across the nation, including the six in Colorado, will be free Monday in celebration of Presidents Day
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Back pay awarded because of 2013 government shutdown 17.2.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Some 25,000 federal employees who worked unpaid during the 2013 partial government shutdown are eligible for partial back pay even though they later were paid for that time.
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“Monumental” premiers at Chief Theater 17.2.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Before your alarm clock sounds through the dark on a powder day, before you made your decision to live by a resort and backcountry, before your ski coach tied the tips of your skis together with an edgie wedgie, lies a mind-boggling expanse of centuries and landscapes of ski history. What: “Monumental: Skiing Our National Parks” screening When: Doors/bar at 6:30 p.m., Show at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $10 More information: monumental.powder.com On Friday, Feb. 17, the Chief Theater hosts “Monumental: Skiing Our National Parks,” a ski film set in Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Teton, Glacier and Olympic national parks. The film honors the 100th birthday of the National Parks Service, celebrated Aug. 25, 2016. “National parks aren’t necessarily thought of as common backcountry ski experiences, but they offer incredible opportunities,” said Powder Productions Executive Producer John Stifter. “What we found was better than expected.” The film’s featured skiers, ...
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Free entry to national parks and forests on Presidents Day 16.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

If you don’t have plans for Presidents Day, maybe it’s time to make some. National parks and national forests that charge entrance fees will be free to all on the Monday holiday.

That means you save $25 at Joshua Tree National Park and $30 at Yosemite National Park, for example. And, in the local...

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Letter: Crowds show we need more public land, not less 11.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah’s state and federal legislators have consistently stated that there is too much federally protected public land in this state, arguing ownership and control should be local and likely managed by private interests. I think the reverse is true. Have they tried to drive up Little Cottonwood to recreate in Wasatch National Forest lately? Or the Uinta trailheads in the summer? Or Arches or Zion or any of our national parks now almost any time of year? Perhaps the challenge facing Utah is not ...
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Herbert: Utah loves its public lands, and I will partner more closely with outdoor industry 11.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
If you have followed the news and social media this week, you know the issue of public lands management has once again taken center stage in Utah. Obviously there are differences of opinion on this matter. But let me be clear about where there is full agreement: Utahns love our exceptional public lands. We love their grandeur and beauty. We love the opportunities they create for solitude and recreation. We agree that these lands must be protected. Let there be no mistake. Our criticisms of fe...
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Neighborhood Spotlight: Palos Verdes Estates' luscious view goes both ways 10.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Travelers heading south along the stretch of Pacific Coast Highway that runs through the crowded South Bay can hang a right at Palos Verdes Boulevard and within minutes arrive in a place of gracefully curving streets, lush green space and stunning ocean views.

There they’ll find the peak of an...

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Utah Senate approves call to shrink Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument 9.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
At 1.88 million acres, Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is larger than the combined footprints of the state’s “Mighty 5” national parks and the Cedar Breaks National Monument. That’s too big, according to a resolution approved Wednesday by the Utah Senate following passage last week in the House. HCR12 calls on Utah’s federal delegation to support a reduction or modification of the monument, which was created by then-President Bill Clinton in 1996. “Twenty years later, why sho... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Letter: Stop fighting the Bears Ears Monument 8.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
I am appalled at the Utah Legislature’s attempt to rescind national monument status for Bears Ears in HCR11. This is a short-sighted resolution driven by extreme right-wing, anti-government ideology. Bears Ears is a national treasure and belongs to all Americans. Moreover, all our national parks and monuments play a vital role in Utah’s economy. The state government has neither the financial commitment nor the political motivation to preserve and protect this land for public use. Indeed, as ev...
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Legislature passes safety-net spending bills 8.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah legislators completed approval of a series of safety-net “base budgets,” designed to prevent the sorts of shutdowns the federal government suffers when Congress and the president cannot agree on spending. For example in 2013, the federal government curtailed most routine operations for 15 days amid spending fights, furloughing hundreds of thousands of workers. Utah, at the time, managed to reopen national parks in the state by guaranteeing to cover their costs to help local tourism. The Leg...
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The world's top 10 road trips 6.2.2017 CNN: Top Stories
It doesn't matter whether you're sitting amid the high whine of an old Mini Cooper or feeling the swirl of acceleration from the bucket seat of a Bentley Bentayga V12, the open road is one of life's great levelers.
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Everyone on Capitol Hill Needs to Go Backpacking ASAP 5.2.2017 Mother Jones
Getting out into the wild is restorative. Fresh air, natural sounds and settings, a spot of exercise: It tends to free our mind, bring down our stress levels, and, with any luck, give us a break from work. The converse is also true. Excessive urban noise, for example, stresses us out and can wreak havoc on our psyches. These are things we know just based on everyday experience. Author and journalist Florence Williams, whose last book was Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History , takes this knowledge way further in a new book that focuses on the science behind the health-wilderness link. For The Nature Fix , which hits bookstores this week, Williams bounced around the planet talking to naturalists, scientists, and government workers to get to the bottom of our complex relationship with our environment, which turns out to be both intensely physical and psychological. I reached out to Williams to talk about the science—and why our government is in desperate need of a monthlong camping trip. Mother Jones: ...
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The cave squeaker returns: Rare frog seen after decades 4.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The cave squeaker is back. Researchers in Zimbabwe say they have found a rare frog that hasn’t been seen in decades. The Artholeptis troglodytes, also known as the “cave squeaker” because of its preferred habitat, was discovered in 1962 but there were no reported sightings of the elusive amphibian after that. […]
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Snow fun at Washington’s national parks, from Hurricane Ridge to Paradise 2.2.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Enjoy fewer crowds and spectacular winter scenery, plus skiing at one of three remaining ski areas located within U.S. national parks
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Wharton: Hiring freeze could cause major problems 31.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Part of being a good politician is condensing a complex issue into a sound bite that sounds like a good policy but can’t hold up on further scrutiny. Take, for example, one small aspect of President Donald Trump’s freeze on the hiring of federal employees as it involves the National Park Service. As is the case with many of the new president’s proclamations, no one is quite sure exactly how the hiring freeze might work. But it could cause major problems for outdoor enthusiasts visiting national ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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