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Flash-flood warning issued for parts of southern and central Utah, including Zion, Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon national parks 22.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Much of southern and central Utah — including Zion, Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon national parks — is under a flash-flood warning until Thursday night. The National Weather Service issued the watch as heavy rains and thunderstorms move through the region. People should avoid slot canyons, dry washes and streams, where fast flowing waters can trap and kill hikers, according to the alert. “Flooding of urban areas with poor drainage and basements,” the alert states, “is also possible.” Affected a...
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Flash-flood warning issue for parts of southern and central Utah, including Zion, Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon national parks 22.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Much of southern and central Utah — including Zion, Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon national parks — is under a flash-flood warning until Thursday night. The National Weather Service issued the watch as heavy rains and thunderstorms move through the region. People should avoid slot canyons, dry washes and streams, where fast flowing waters can trap and kill hikers, according to the alert. “Flooding of urban areas with poor drainage and basements,” the alert states, “is also possible.” Affected a... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Celebrate National Public Lands Day Saturday 21.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Though it might seem a bit like an oxymoron to celebrate National Public Lands Day in Utah where the governor and legislators want to grab federal property, the day will occur Saturday. The 22nd annual event serves as a time to to play, learn or work at the nation’s public lands. One benefit is that the day features free admission to every National Park Service site, as well as special activities and volunteer work projects across the country. The day also includes the U.S. Forest Service, Burea...
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Letter: Cougars should be protected, not hunted 21.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah Wildlife Board raised the potential cougar “harvest,” a term I deplore, at a DWR meeting held one day before the Labor Day weekend. Permits were increased from 495 to 532. It is agreed cougars are very difficult to count, but the best estimate is that there are between 2,500 and 4,500 in Utah. The hunting season is Nov. 9 to May 31, and unlimited in some areas. Why is it such a long season and unlimited in some units? Many Third World countries have created large national parks to prote...
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The most wasted space in D.C. 21.9.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The National Parks Service should bring parks to Americans where they are.
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APNewsBreak: Docs detail government damage of Trail of Tears 17.9.2016 AP Top News
COKER CREEK, Tenn. (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service has ripped up a portion of the Trail of Tears in the Appalachian Mountains, reopening wounds for Native Americans who consider sacred the land where thousands of their ancestors died during their forced migration westward....
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Steamboat briefs: City continues tree project on Emerald Mountain 15.9.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The city of Steamboat Springs is collaborating with the Colorado State Forest Service to implement a hazard tree mitigation project on Emerald Mountain. Work began in July and is expected to last through mid-October. The city will be implementing the work plan identified in the Emerald Mountain Forest Management Plan on the Orton and Gossard open space parcels. This project will complete the planned tree removal operations of beetle kill trees that began in 2010. The city will work with Routt County Riders and execute volunteer work days to get trails reopened as quickly as possible. During this reclamation process, there will also be opportunities to re-route unsustainable sections of trails. Following is an approximate timeline for trail closures, which may change depending on weather conditions and on ground challenges. ■ Aug. 1 to Oct. 15:  Root Canal, Upper and Middle Stairway to Heaven, Upper No Mo’ Bluez ■ Sept. 6 to 23: Upper Morning Gloria ■ Thursday to Saturday: One full day closure of the ...
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Celebrating Michael Collins, 'forgotten astronaut' of Apollo 11 14.9.2016 Boing Boing
Any true NASA nerd knows that Michael Collins was the third astronaut who joined Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. But even for those who are already familiar with Collins, this video is still a lovely, poignant tribute to an unsung hero of the space ...
Oregon pastor faces child pornography charges in Denver federal court 14.9.2016 Denver Post: Local
A 56-year-old Portland, Ore., pastor appeared in U.S. District Court in Denver on felony charges for allegedly producing child pornography while taking boys to national parks in Colorado and across the West, authorities say.
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Scientific Study Warns of "Catastrophic Declines" in Earth's Wilderness 13.9.2016 Truthout - All Articles
A recently published study by the University of Queensland warns of "catastrophic declines" in the area of wilderness across the world since the early 1990s, and should be a warning for governments to act immediately to protect what is left. A recent scientific study showed that "catastrophic declines" in the Earth's wilderness areas have occurred in the last 20 years, and are continuing apace. US National Parks like this one, Lake Clark in Alaska, include wilderness areas that are becoming ever more rare. (Photo: Dahr Jamail) A recently published international study led by the University of Queensland shows that the amount of wilderness around the globe that has been lost in just the last 20 years "is staggering." The study, published in Current Biology , produced findings that show that one-tenth of the entire area of global wilderness has vanished since the 1990s. The report defines "wilderness" as "biologically and ecologically largely intact landscapes thatare mostly free of human disturbance. These ...
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8 of the most memorable drives in the West 12.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

In national parks throughout the West, rangers and traffic engineers work long hours to nudge travelers out of their cars and onto trails — or at least onto shuttle buses and other less polluting alternatives. But the dramatic roads that the National Park Service carved out in the early 20th century...

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NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Views Spectacular Layered Rock Formations of “Murray Buttes” 10.9.2016 Boing Boing
Reports NASA today, “The layered geologic past of Mars is revealed in stunning detail in new color images returned by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, which is currently exploring the 'Murray Buttes' region of lower Mount Sharp. The new images arguably rival photos taken in U.S. National Parks.” [caption id="attachment_481605" align="aligncenter" width="930"] This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows sloping buttes and layered outcrops within the "Murray Buttes" region on lower Mount Sharp.[/caption] https://youtu.be/UUweNrpFTwA Here's the full announcement : Curiosity took the images with its Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sept. 8. The rover team plans to assemble several large, color mosaics from the multitude of images taken at this location in the near future. "Curiosity's science team has been just thrilled to go on this road trip through a bit of the American desert Southwest on Mars," said Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada, of NASA's Jet Propulsion ...
Yosemite grows in largest expansion since 1949 8.9.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The new addition to the park, a stretch of land along the western boundary of Yosemite, has historically been used for logging and cattle grazing.
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Rolly: The good, bad and ugly of attitudes toward Native Americans 8.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
My neighbor, a full-blooded Ute, relayed an experience he had recently that is worth reporting. He and his sister were at Smith’s Food and Drug, 845 E. 4500 South, when another shopper accidentally backed his car into her Mercedes, causing minor damage. The driver exited his car, apologized and got his insurance information to share with them. He volunteered to call his agent on his cellphone so he could immediately give them any additional information they might need to fix the car. As they w... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Tom Secunda: Put the national parks on a business basis 8.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The next U.S. president will face the challenge of bringing two parties together following a polarizing election campaign and years of partisan gridlock. It will be no easy task, but small victories are possible to achieve quickly, and our national parks offer a golden opportunity for the next president and Congress to get off on the right foot. The National Park Service just celebrated its 100th birthday last month. Democrats and Republicans alike extolled the virtues of our parks, which are in... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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'Bark Ranger' helps lick dangerous wildlife encounters in National Park 7.9.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
This summer rangers in Montana's Glacier National Park brought in man's best friend to train wildlife to stay away from popular park areas and to teach park visitors how to safely view wildlife.
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Baseball, Adele, national parks: How California House members spent summer vacation 7.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary
How did you spend summer vacation? Some members of Congress caught a baseball game, traveled the country campaigning and sat down for meeting after meeting with folks back home. Members of the U.S. House and Senate are set to return to Washington on Tuesday after seven weeks away that included...
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Road-widening in Yellowstone means lost trees but increased visitor safety 5.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Question: I just returned from Yellowstone National Park and was appalled by the miles of healthy trees being chopped down along the roadsides. Why? To widen the road so more tourists can come? To make more money? We think the fox is guarding the henhouse.  

M. Ryan

Westminster

Answer:  Yellowstone...

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We Can Thank These Breathtaking Photos for the Creation of the National Parks 4.9.2016 Mother Jones
With the national parks' much-touted 100th anniversary winding down, we've seen a number of books, documentaries, articles, and even hands-on, parkwide science events, all celebrating the National Park Service.  Among the books showcasing the park service, Picturing America's National Parks, published by Aperture with the George Eastman Foundation , stands out for its examination of the role photography has played in the parks' history. It includes luminaries, such as the earliest photos of Carelton E. Watkins and Ansel Adams' park-defining images as well as more recent work by Lee Friedlander and Rebecca Norris Webb . This book shows how photography not only helped shaped the national park system, by encouraging tourists to visit, but also had a very real impact on the creation of it. Throughout the parks' 100-year history, photographs have helped draw visitors so they can experience the majesty of the parks themselves. As we all know, whether it is a photo of the Grand Canyon or Isle Royal, a picture ...
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State of Utah, utility company challenging EPA regulations to reduce haze at national parks 3.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The state of Utah and the utility company PacifiCorp are fighting a federal mandate that aims to reduce pollution at national parks. The two entities filed separate petitions for review — the first step in an appeal — with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday and Friday. In July, the Environmental Protection Agency adopted a regional haze plan to improve visibility by reducing emissions of nitrogen oxide. The federal plan would require the installation of more pollution controls at two ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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