User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Protection :: National Parks
Last updated: May 25 2017 05:54 IST RSS 2.0
 
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You may want to visit your favorite national park soon 25.5.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Climate change is changing our national parks. Fast.
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Memorial Day crowds could be especially bad at Arches National Park 25.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Memorial Day always ranks among the busiest three-day weekends of the year for outdoor recreation spots. Those visiting national parks, fishing areas, public campgrounds and state parks can expect some of the most crowded conditions of the year as the summer recreation season kicks off. That is going to be especially true at Arches National Park this year, as a combination of road construction and other changes could mean waits to get into the park. Park officials say the weekend often brings re...
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Journey to become the youngest person to visit all 417 National Park Service sites hits Utah 23.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Mikah Meyer in 2016 set out on a mission to honor his late father and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service: Become the youngest person to visit all 417 NPS sites. More than 170 parks into his journey, Meyer, 31, has reached Utah and is bringing his hymn-singing, mountain-climbing, sight-seeing, son-of-a-preacher brand of LGBT outreach to the Mighty Five and Utah’s other monuments and recreation areas. “The first site I went to was Natural Bridges [National Monument] on May 5, and ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Women's journey heads to top of Yosemite's Half Dome, and you're invited 23.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

If you prefer a hearty hike to a scenic drive, grab your mountain boots and head for Northern California for a new women's vacation experience organized by REI Adventures.

The four-day tour — Yosemite Women's Backpacking, Half Dome — is designed for fit female backpackers looking for a challenging...

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Wildflowers come and go, but here in Anza-Borrego, the desert will always be the star 22.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Miss the Anza-Borrego's epic wildflower bloom? No worries--there's still plenty see: petroglyphs, unique plants and fossils abound.
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Wayward humpback whale stuck in California harbor 21.5.2017 Hindu: Home
The roughly 40-foot-long ‘healthy juvenile’ is swimming back and forth in the waters.
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Wayward humpback whale stuck in California harbor 21.5.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A humpback whale swam into a Southern California harbor and got stuck there, drawing spectators and news helicopters as boat crews try to guide it out to the open water. Ventura Harbor Patrol officials say the whale was spotted Saturday afternoon and has been swimming back and forth in the harbor. […]
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Letter: On the road to privatizing public land 20.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
If the area of an American national monument can be reduced a little, it can be reduced a lot, it can be eliminated. Reducing the area of an established national monument in the name of political compromise is a potential pathway to elimination of not only additional national monuments but national parks and national wildlife preserves as well. The ultimate potential is the privatizing of land endowed to the American public. Chuck Wullstein Salt Lake City <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Seniors are about to pay more for their national park passes 18.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Senior citizens have been getting a pretty good deal from the National Park Service. For $10, people age 62 and older can receive a lifetime pass to enter Utah’s Mighty 5, Yellowstone, Yosemite and all the other national parks. But the Baby Boomers are about to have a little sticker shock. Their lifetime passes are about to increase to $80. The AARP reports that it’s the first time since 1994 the price has been increased. Congress passed legislation near the end of 2016 that increases the lif...
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Friends of the Yampa: Attack on 1 monument is attack on all 12.5.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Many of you know Friends of the Yampa as the local nonprofit that strives to protect and enhance the environmental and recreational integrity of the Yampa River through stewardship, advocacy, education and partnerships. Friends of the Yampa is expanding our advocacy as part of a broader coalition of friends groups with a common goal: bringing attention to the importance of our nation’s public lands. Public lands and waters are a critical part of the U.S. economy, particularly in Colorado. Outdoor recreation has generated $887 billion in consumer spending nationwide, supporting 7.6 million jobs each year and allowing U.S. citizens multiple opportunities to enjoy the best that nature has to offer. In 2016, our National Parks saw record visitation. Studies have shown that regions surrounding national monuments have seen growth in employment and income. Dinosaur National Monument alone generated over $20 million for surrounding communities in 2016 and supported 244 local jobs. Protected public lands not only ...
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Letter: Stand together for open space 11.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
I live near the Jordan River in West Jordan. Our neighborhood was fighting a nearly 224-unit apartment complex going in near Gardner Historic Village for over three years. We were successful until the developer sued the city and received a higher density of 272 units. People are scared to fight back, because they are afraid of being sued with a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) from the developers, too. This is a shame because that area is part of America’s Great Outdoors In...
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Cycle your way around Yellowstone and Grant Teton parks this summer 10.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Bike your way through two of America's most scenic national parks on a six-day cycling tour organized by Trek Travel. The summertime trip, which visits Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and Jackson, Wyo., will include hikes to alpine lakes and waterfalls and a scenic cruise to...

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Rocky Mountain National Park’s Trail Ridge Road opens soon 10.5.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
That Rocky Mountain National Park sure knows how to warm our hearts after a crazy violent hail storm.
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Bart Smith: Arches National Park and Canyonlands visit reinforces need to protect public lands 9.5.2017 Steamboat Pilot
We were deeply impressed last week at the dedication of some people to enjoy the spectacular view of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park in neighboring Utah. To get up close, visitors need to hike up a rather steep rock slope for a mile and a half, then circle around 200 yards on a narrow ledge with a sharp drop-off with no guard rails or handholds to help out. Then there's a little scramble at the top to a fairly steep bowl at the base of the arch itself. As we took our time picking our way up and taking breaks we marveled at the number of parents packing kids on their backs. Most impressive, however, was a physically challenged man, who we guessed to be in his late 70s, with an awkward shuffling and unsteady gate. With a hiking pole in each hand he labored up the trail and negotiated the narrow walkway, then teetered down the steep trail back. He was inspiring; I imagine most people in his condition might have enjoyed the views from a car, or gone out to an occasional nearby overlook. In the three ...
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5 lions escape from a South African wildlife park 9.5.2017 Washington Post: World
Officials in South Africa are searching for five lions that are believed to have escaped from Kruger National Park, the country’s biggest wildlife reserve.
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Watchdog: Vietnamese officials bribed by smugglers 8.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Bangkok • An environmental watchdog group has accused Vietnamese government and military officials of taking payoffs to ignore vast smuggling of lucrative lumber from neighboring Cambodia. Millions of dollars in bribes have been paid by Vietnamese timber traders to both Vietnamese and Cambodian officials, said the report issued Monday by the U.K.-based Environmental Investigation Agency. It said the Vietnamese officials are paid off in exchange for granting import quotas for the timber and Cambo...
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Malaysia seizes over $2 million-worth pangolin scales 8.5.2017 Hindu: International
In largest haul, 712 kg of scales confiscated — meaning an estimated 1,400 of the anteaters have been killed.
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Watchdog says Vietnamese officials bribed by log smugglers 8.5.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

BANGKOK (AP) — An environmental watchdog has accused Vietnamese government and military officials of taking payoffs to ignore vast smuggling of lucrative lumber from neighboring Cambodia. Millions of dollars in bribes have been paid by Vietnamese timber traders to both Vietnamese and Cambodian officials, the report issued Monday by the U.K.-based Environmental Investigation Agency alleges. […]
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Watchdog says Vietnamese officials bribed by log smugglers 8.5.2017 Washington Post: World
An environmental watchdog organization is accusing Vietnamese government and military officials of taking payoffs to ignore smuggling of expensive lumber from neighboring Cambodia.
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A tour through ‘the redwoods of the East’ 7.5.2017 Washington Post
At South Carolina’s only national park, paddle under some of the country’s oldest trees.
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