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The Six Craziest Arguments Politicians Are Making Against Protecting National Parks And Wildlife 22.5.2015 Think Progres

No, state control of national forests won't prevent terrorism.

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Anthropocene Boosters and the Attack on Wilderness Conservation 20.5.2015 Truthout - All Articles
A growing debate has serious consequences for our collective relationship to Nature. Beginning perhaps twenty years ago, a number of academics in disciplines such as history, anthropology, and geography, began to question whether there was any tangible wilderness or wild lands left on Earth. These academics, and others, have argued that humans have so completely modified the Earth, we should give up on the notion that there is any place wild and instead recognize that we have already domesticated, in one fashion or another, the entire planet for human benefit. These individuals and groups are identified under an umbrella of different labels, including "Neo Greens" Pragmatic Environmentalists" "New Conservationists" "Green Postmodernism" and Neo-environmentalists" but the most inclusive label to date is "Anthropocene Boosters" so that is the term I will use in this essay. The basic premise of their argument is that humans have lived everywhere except Antarctica and that it is absurd to suggest that Nature ...
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Dean Potter is latest fatality in Yosemite rock-climbing community 19.5.2015 LA Times: Opinion
The death this weekend of rock climbers Dean Potter and Graham Hunt in Yosemite National Park underscore the dangers of the sport.
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Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies in Yosemite BASE jumping accident 18.5.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Extreme athlete  Dean Potter and another man were found dead Sunday in Yosemite National Park after what appeared to be a BASE jumping accident, park officials said.
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Exchange student gored by bison in Yellowstone Park 18.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
A 16-year-old girl has been gored by a bison in Yellowstone National Park while posing for a picture near the ...
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Steamboat briefs: Wildlife film at library features Thailand 13.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Bud Werner Memorial Library will present a free screening of “Wild Thailand,” an award-winning film by Kanit Prukprakarn and Peter Ringgaard that was featured at the 2014 International Wildlife Film Festival, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Library Hall. The film takes viewers to Thailand, a land of incredible beauty with more than 50 protected national parks accounting for nearly 10 percent of the country’s surface with an array of wildlife that is forgotten and rarely seen. Filmed during the course of five years, the film follows the courtship and mating rituals of the Great-horn-bills; elephants digging strange holes in search of life-giving salt; sambar deer fighting for dominance; pheasant-tailed polyandrous birds mating and giving birth to chicks; macaques playing and fighting in the rain forest; black bears dancing, digging and scratching; and a vampire castle filled with waterfall climbing cave-fish. Visit www.steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information. Businesses asked to complete, return ...
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Bill Would Undermine Environmental Protections On Public Lands In The Name Of National Security 6.5.2015 Think Progres

"Congress persists in sending very clear messages that they do not respect the public's interest in protecting public lands."

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There's no place for graffiti in America's national parks 6.5.2015 LA Times: Commentary
City dwellers can argue over whether graffiti is vandalism or art or some strange hybrid of the two. But when it appears in national parks, there should be no question: It's desecration.
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Culture, science blend at Hawaii Volcanoes park fest on Big Island 5.5.2015 LA Times: Opinion
A cultural festival and a serious scientific study will blend in May at the Big Island's Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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Steamboat briefs: Full payment of property taxes are due Wednesday 28.4.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Routt County residents are reminded that the full payment of their property taxes are due Wednesday. For those who paid the first half that was due March 2, the second half is due June 15. Checks can be made out to Routt County Treasurer and mailed to P.O. Box 770907, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, dropped off at 522 Lincoln Ave. or paid online at co.routt.co.us/index.aspx?nid=211. Call the Treasurer’s Office at 970-870-5555 for additional information. T.C. Boyle, award-winning author, to speak at library Bud Werner Memorial Library will present an evening with award-winning author T.C. Boyle at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Library Hall. Boyle will share the stories behind his new novel, “The Harder They Come,” a powerful story that explores the roots of violence and anti-authoritarianism inherent in the American character. Boyle is the author of 24 books of fiction and his short stories have appeared in most of the major American magazines. He has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, including ...
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Graffiti artists' move to national parks shocks nature community 27.4.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Andre Saraiva is an internationally known graffiti artist. He owns nightclubs in Paris and New York, works as a top editor of the men's fashion magazine L'Officiel Hommes and has appeared in countless glossy magazines as a tastemaker and bon vivant.
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Pullman monument could have replica train car as Metra stop shelter 25.4.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
A redesigned Metra station with a train car for a shelter was one of several ideas floated for the newly created Pullman National Monument during a recent three-day ...
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Oil And Gas Drilling In North America Has Taken Over More Than 7 Million Acres Of Land 24.4.2015 Think Progres

The chunks of land turned over to oil and gas development, if combined, would equal three Yellowstone National Parks.

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Olympic national Park visitors increase 10 percent in 2014 24.4.2015 AP Washington
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) -- A study by the National Park Service shows that Olympic National Park visitors increased in 2014, contributing $2.6 million to the area economy....
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Obama visits the Everglades to talk about climate change — and goad Republicans to do likewise 22.4.2015 Washington Post: Politics
President Obama will visit an ecologically sensitive national park on Wednesday in a politically sensitive state.Obama’s Earth Day trip to the Florida Everglades will be accompanied by historical dedications — the Miami home of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, who famously called the Everglades a “river of grass” — and much talk of the value of national parks — a new National Parks Service report documents their value to the economy.Read full article >>
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King, Collins want National Park passes to be purchased online or through phone app 22.4.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Parks may allow plant removal 21.4.2015 Durango Herald
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Members of the Hualapai Tribe in northwestern Arizona occupied the Grand Canyon long before it became a national park. They collected fruit from cacti and pine nuts for food, cedar and mesquite to weave baskets, and materials to fashion cradleboards for their children.The National Park Service said it recognizes...
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Proposal would let American Indian tribes gather plants in national parks for traditional use 21.4.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Nepal: A Trailblazer in Biodiversity Conservation 20.4.2015 Truthout.com
Nepal's Chitwan National Park has become one of Asia's success stories in wildlife conservation. (Photo: Naresh Newar/IPS) Chitwan, Nepal - At dusk, when the early evening sun casts its rays over the lush landscape, the Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site about 200 km south of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, is a place of the utmost tranquility. As a flock of the  endangered  lesser adjutant stork flies over the historic Narayani River, a left bank tributary of the Ganges in India, this correspondent's 65-year-old forest guide Jiyana Mahato asks for complete silence: this is the time of day when wild animals gather near the water. Not far away, a swamp deer takes its bath at the river's edge. "The sight of humans drives them away," explains Mahato, a member of the Tharu indigenous ethnic group who play a key role in supporting the government's wildlife conservation efforts here. "We need to return now," he tells IPS. The evening is not a safe time for humans to be wandering around these ...
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Steamboat briefs: Earth Day edition of Wild Films is Tuesday at library 19.4.2015 Steamboat Pilot
In honor of Earth Day, Bud Werner Memorial Library will present a free screening of “Wildlife Defenders,” an award-winning film by Rakiz Tuffile, which was featured at the 2014 International Wildlife Film Festival, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Library Hall. The movie will take viewers to the front lines of the war against the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade, which is fast becoming a major contributor to the world’s biodiversity loss. This investigative documentary goes behind the scenes with the Wildlife Crime Unit of Malaysia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife as they confront the global epidemic in wildlife trafficking, following wildlife warriors into action as they battle to snare the devious gangs who supply the billion dollar animal trade. The run time is about an hour, and the screening is free. Visitsteamboatlibrary.org/events for more information. Pet Kare Clinic to host April Stools Day event The Pet Kare Clinic is hosting April Stools Day, a spring clean-up day, from noon to 3 ...
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