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Workers: Sexual harassment also rampant at Forest Service 2.12.2016 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two months after uncovering rampant sexual harassment, bullying and other misconduct at the National Park Service, a House oversight panel says similar problems plague the Forest Service....
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Behind the outrage, the long-term damage of a Trump term 27.11.2016 Daily Kos
How do you normalize this ?  According to  a report out of Argentina , when Argentine President Mauricio Macri called President-Elect Trump to congratulate him on his election, Trump asked Macri to deal with the permitting issues that are currently holding up the project. This comes from one of Argentina's most prominent journalists, Jorge Lanata, in a recent TV appearance. Lanata is quoted here in La Nacion, one of Argentina's most prestigious dailies. Said Lanata: “Macri called him. This still hasn’t emerged but Trump asked for them to authorize a building he’s constructing in Buenos Aires, it wasn’t just a geopolitical chat." Or this, from the New York Times’ coverage of last Saturday’s meeting of the neo-Nazis in D.C.? By the time Richard B. Spencer, the leading ideologue of the alt-right movement and the final speaker of the night, rose to address a gathering of his followers on Saturday, the crowd was restless. ...Earlier in the day, Mr. Spencer himself had urged the group to start acting less like ...
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This is American history: Tule Lake, Manzanar, Port Chicago and César E. Chávez National Monument 27.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary
This is American history: Tule Lake, Manzanar, Port Chicago and César E. Chávez National Monument By Carolina A. Miranda Nov. 28, 2016 REPORTING FROM TULELAKE, CALIF. The high security jail at the Tule Lake Segregation Center, the largest and most controversial of the sites where Japanese Americans...
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Conservation efforts rush to beat a deadline: Inauguration Day 25.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The West’s most powerful water managers held an emergency conference call on the morning before Thanksgiving to consider the same question people across the country are asking: What will the election of Donald Trump mean for the issues they care about?

The group desperately wants to formalize new...

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Worth their weight in likes: Instagram posts can show the value of Utah landscapes, researchers say 23.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Before he leaves this earth, Jimmy Emerson intends to visit every county in the United States — all 3,142 of them. The Georgia veterinarian has already trod on more than 3,000, including Utah’s 29, shooting photos by the thousands as he goes. Among Emerson’s favorite subjects are food, seemingly random street corners, national parks and vintage pieces of civic architecture like churches, courthouses, Carnegie libraries and bridges. He uploads all of it — 59,894 photographs since 2006 — to Flickr...
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Colorado’s Bob Beauprez mentioned as possible Trump pick for Interior secretary 23.11.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Bob Beauprez, a former Colorado congressman is being mentioned as a possible Interior secretary pick in Donald Trump’s administration.
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Weathering the Trump Climate 20.11.2016 Truthout.com
Yes, there are reasons to fear an impending  environmental disaster : Donald Trump has spent much of his campaign claiming the mantle of  climate-change-denier-in-chief , and his vice-presidential running mate  isn't much better . Now they are  mulling their picks  for key Cabinet posts: Interior Secretary Sarah "Drill, baby drill" Palin, if  elephant hunter  Donald Trump Jr. doesn't get that gig? Energy Secretary  Harold Hamm , if the oil and gas mogul decides he is willing to spend the Trump administration outside the private sector? Environmental Protection Administrator  Myron Ebell , unless the fringe-hugging climate skeptic dismantles the agency instead? And yes, Trump often airs  unfounded concerns  about wind and solar energy related to bird safety and outdated notions of how long it takes for investments in renewable power to pay off. But even if the fossil-fuel fanatics on Team Trump rev up coal mining, gas fracking and oil drilling in  national parks , greenlight the  Keystone XL pipeline  and ...
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What happens to our national lands under Donald Trump? 19.11.2016 Daily Kos
Over the course of his administration, President Obama designated or expanded  19 National Monuments  including some that were created  over Republican objections.  But national monuments and national parks are just a fraction of the 640 million acres of land under federal control, land that also includes national forests and grasslands as well as properties controlled by the BLM. Though the federal government has controlled most of this land for over a century, there are factions on the wildlife sanctuary-invading right that don’t believe most, or any, land should be under federal control. There’s an even bigger group—one with much more money and influence—that looks at these lands  with hunger. Uranium mines around the Grand Canyon. Oil drilling rigs studding the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. New coal and timber leases in the national forests. States divvying up millions of acres of federal land to dispose of as they wish. … Environmental groups are urging President Obama to push through last-minute ...
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Nestlé and Coca-Cola Attempt to Block National Parks From Banning Bottled Water Sales 16.11.2016 Truthout - All Articles
The superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park fills up a reusable water bottle at a hydration station. In 2012, Grand Canyon National Park banned the sale of plastic water bottles inside the park. (Photo: Corporate Accountability International) Single-use water bottles generate up to 20 percent of the waste in national parks and 80 percent of park visitors favor banning their sale. But the International Bottled Water Association is using campaign contributions to prevent tax dollars from being used to develop free drinking water infrastructure in parks. The superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park fills up a reusable water bottle at a hydration station. In 2012, Grand Canyon National Park banned the sale of plastic water bottles inside the park. (Photo: Corporate Accountability International) Truthout is funded by readers, not by corporations, lobbyists or government interests. Help us publish more stories like this one: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! In 2015, Congressman Ken ...
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Visit National Parks free for 10 days in 2017 16.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Though many folks find it more economical to purchase an America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation lands Pass for $80 (or a senior lifetime pass for $10), the National Park Service will again offer 10 free entrance fee-free days for 2017. These include Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 16, President’s Day on February 20, National Park Week weekends April 15 and 16 and April 22 and 23, National Park Service Birthday on August 25, National Public Lands Day on September 30, an... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Whatever happened to ... Old Ephraim, Utah's 'last' grizzly 11.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
There was a time in the early 1900s when grizzly bears roamed northern Utah, often feasting on domestic livestock or deer. These days, grizzlies are just a distant memory in the state. Folks who hope to see one need to visit Yellowstone, Grand Teton or Glacier national parks. But more than one father or scoutmaster has told the story of Old Ephraim around a forest campfire on a cold, dark night. Legend has it that the enormous 9-foot, 11-inch grizzly that weighed nearly 1,100 pounds with three t...
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National park tips: Loneliest beach in America's most remote park? 11.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary

National Park of American Samoa, the most remote of the 59 full-fledged national parks, has one of the most lonely and gorgeous tropical beaches in the U.S. -- Ofu Beach, which is 2 miles long, with white sand, black boulders, coconut palms and great snorkeling. (Also blue skies, on most days.)

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Arches National Park named a top U.S. destination 11.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Travelers to Arches National Park may be finding bigger and bigger crowds when visiting. Two recent studies might show why. TripAdvisor, a travel planning and booking site, named Arches 17th in its most recent list of top 25 U.S. travel attractions that have seen the greatest increase in traveler interest this fall based on year-over-year search activity on the site. “The Attractions Trend Index reveals introspective and inspirational sites that are gaining attention from travelers this fall,” s... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Arches named a top U.S. destination 11.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Travelers to Arches National Park may be finding bigger and bigger crowds when visiting. Two recent studies might show why. TripAdvisor, a travel planning and booking site, named Arches 17th in its most recent list of top 25 U.S. travel attractions that have seen the greatest increase in traveler interest this fall based on year-over-year search activity on the site. “The Attractions Trend Index reveals introspective and inspirational sites that are gaining attention from travelers this fall,” s...
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Putting Obstacles In King Trump's Path 10.11.2016 Crooks Liars
Some folks have said we have to accept this election and move on. That Trump is President, and we need to stretch our hands out across the aisle and do what we can to help him. Hogwash. What we have to face, head on, is there is nothing that King Trump will do that will be good for us. There is nothing that he's promised that will be good for the American people today, or in the future. None of his agenda items will be good for the world. Rather than help Trump, we need to prepare to place obstacles in his path every step of the way. Because every step he takes, causes permanent harm. Let me repeat this: every step Trump takes, will cause permanent harm. This is a man who has promised to gut the EPA, throw open our national parks for exploitation, bring back the Keystone Pipeline, discriminate against Muslims, and tear law-abiding Latino families apart. He is going to gut the Affordable Care Act, and toss 24 million people out of health care coverage. The LGBT community will immediately lose some of ...
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Connect with national parks and forests for free on Veterans Day 10.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary

National parks and forests that charge entry fees will be free to all visitors on Veterans Day. It’s a way to get America into the outdoors Friday on a day we honor those who have fought for our country.

Free entry applies Friday only at sites nationwide, including California parks like Yosemite...

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Wildlife safaris in Zambia and Zimbabwe national parks 10.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Explore a remote wilderness with an amazing diversity of wildlife on a safari that combines staying at a high-end luxury camp with overnight visits to more affordable camps and lodges.

The Safari Professionals itinerary visits Zambia and Zimbabwe, beginning at Zambia's South Luangwa National Park,...

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Canadian will pay fine for wakeboarding on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats 5.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Two members of a Canadian lifestyle group will be banned from America’s public lands and will have to pay thousands in fines for their antics in national parks and on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. Members of High on Life attracted the Bureau of Land Management’s attention earlier this year after sharing photos of three costumed men wakeboarding on the flooded Bonneville Salt Flats behind a blue bus emblazoned with the High on Life logo. The BLM cited Parker Heuser and three other men for creatin...
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The one crucial question to ask when visiting a national park: 'What about the women?' 31.10.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Men’s history is easy to get at. Frankly, you can’t avoid it, whether it’s a statue of a Civil War soldier in a village square or the faces on South Dakota’s Mt. Rushmore.

Women’s history isn’t as showy; you must work to find it. But it’s everywhere, and it always has been. Maybe that’s why it...

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These Stories of Sexual Harassment at Our National Parks Will Make Your Skin Crawl 31.10.2016 Mother Jones
This summer the National Park Service celebrated its centennial with a much deserved bang. In the 100 years since its inception, the Park Service has protected more than 84 million acres of our nation's most iconic environmental jewels, and it boasts 300 million visitors a year to 413 areas. But beyond the grandeur of wild buffalo herds, rust-colored canyons, and redwood forests, the park system has played host to a decadeslong pattern of intimidation, discrimination, and sexual harassment against female researchers, rangers, and scientists in the field. In 2014, the Department of Interior's Office of Inspector General (IG) launched an investigation after 13 former and current Park Service employees reported experiencing "discrimination, retaliation, and a sexually hostile work environment" spanning approximately 15 years in the Grand Canyon's River District. Earlier this year the IG released a summary of its findings: In addition to the 13 employees who levied complaints, it identified 22 others who ...
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