Photos of Miley Cyrus raise concern about Joshua trees

California 04/03/19, 16:25

Social media photos showing Miley Cyrus posing in a Joshua tree have drawn criticism from people concerned about protecting the iconic desert species. The photos posted this week on Instagram were captioned "Looking down at all the petty drama like...." and "Monkey Bizzzzznassssss" but gave no specific location. The Desert Sun newspaper ...

Group takes oil refinery fight to North Dakota’s high court

Enviroment 03/27/19, 15:18

An environmental group is taking its battle against an oil refinery being developed near Theodore Roosevelt National Park to the North Dakota Supreme Court.The National Parks Conservation Association argued in its Wednesday filing that an air quality permit issued by the state Health Department for the $800 million Davis Refinery ...

Push renewed to elevate White Sands to national park status

U.S. 03/26/19, 14:23

The push to elevate a vast expanse of shifting white sand dunes in New Mexico to national park status was renewed Tuesday as members of the state's congressional delegation reintroduced legislation aimed at boosting the profile of the already popular tourist destination."Like no place on earth" is how the National ...

Hungry wolves may get new home at Isle Royale National Park

U.S. 03/21/19, 18:26

A U.S.-Canadian team prepared Thursday for another mission to relocate gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan from a second Lake Superior island, where the predators are in danger of starvation after gobbling up a caribou herd.The targeted pack is on Michipicoten Island on the eastern side of ...

1st female superintendent of Grand Canyon park steps down

U.S. 03/14/19, 16:26

The first female superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park resigned Thursday, less than three years after she took the helm of one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Christine Lehnertz's resignation comes months after she was reassigned amid a federal investigation that cleared her of allegations of creating a hostile ...

Grand Teton National Park pursuing disputed cell-tower build

U.S. 03/13/19, 14:45

People who have long been critical of a plan to put more cell towers in Grant Teton National Park are getting the opportunity to officially weigh in on the project.Grand Teton National Park in western Wyoming seeks thoughts from the public on plans for a new network of cell towers ...

Trump signs major public lands, conservation bill into law

U.S. 03/12/19, 15:45

President Donald Trump signed a wide-ranging public lands bill Tuesday that creates five new national monuments and expands several national parks. The new law also adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness and permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects nationwide. It's the ...

Dinosaur tracks make fresh impression at Valley Forge park

U.S. 03/06/19, 10:19

The national park on the site where George Washington and the struggling Continental Army endured a tough winter during the American Revolution boasts a new feature that's a couple of hundred million years old — dozens of fossilized dinosaur footprints discovered on rocks used to pave a section of hiking ...

Grand Canyon chief isn’t back after being cleared in inquiry

U.S. 03/05/19, 20:26

The superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park has not returned to her job nearly a month after being cleared of accusations that she created a hostile work environment, improperly disciplined an employee and wasted park resources.Christine Lehnertz was reassigned in October while investigators from the Interior Department's Office of Inspector ...

Tortoise feared extinct found on remote Galapagos island

Enviroment 02/20/19, 17:03

A living member of species of tortoise not seen in more than 110 years and feared to be extinct has been found in a remote part of the Galapagos island of Fernandina.An adult female Chelonoidis phantasticus, also known as the Fernandina Giant Tortoise, was spotted Sunday by a joint expedition ...

Senate backs major public lands, conservation bill

Politics 02/12/19, 18:45

The Senate on Tuesday approved a major public lands bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates four new national monuments. The measure, the largest public lands bill considered by Congress in a decade, combines more than 100 separate ...

Snowbound California guests freed after 5 days at lodge

California 02/08/19, 17:58

More than 120 visitors and staff who were snowbound in a Sierra Nevada resort for five days have been freed, authorities said Friday.Up to 7 feet (2 meters) of snow trapped the guests and staff at Montecito Sequoia Lodge in Kings Canyon National Park starting Sunday following a storm, U.S. ...

Head of Grand Canyon cleared of undisclosed allegations

U.S. 02/08/19, 14:27

A U.S. investigation at Grand Canyon National Park has ended with the exoneration of the park's superintendent and an announcement that she'll return to work soon.Christine Lehnertz was reassigned in October while investigators from the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General looked into undisclosed allegations against her.In an email to ...

Wolf taken to Isle Royale last fall returns to mainland

U.S. 02/07/19, 10:13

A gray wolf that was moved from Minnesota to Isle Royale National Park last fall has wandered back to the mainland, trekking more than 15 miles (24 kilometers) across the frozen surface of Lake Superior to reach her home turf, officials said Wednesday.The female was among four wolves relocated from ...

Update: Reopened national park allows seals viewing

U.S. 02/01/19, 11:07

The Latest on efforts to clean up and repair damage at national parks after the government shutdown (all times local): 9:05 a.m. Tourists unable to visit a popular beach in Northern California that was taken over by a colony of nursing elephant seals during the government shutdown will be able to get ...

Shutdown: NY airports back to normal, park sites not so much

New York 01/26/19, 14:18

New York airports forced to cut down flights during the government shutdown returned to normal Saturday, but some museums and historical sites run by the National Park Service remain shuttered as officials scramble to bring back staff. Flights at LaGuardia and Kennedy airports that had been restricted landed and took off ...

Judge upholds permit for oil refinery near national park

U.S. 01/24/19, 16:52

A North Dakota judge has upheld a state permit allowing construction to begin on an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, upsetting environmental groups hoping to stop the project.Judge Dann Greenwood ruled that the state Health Department has effectively supported its position that the $800 million Davis Refinery will ...

Park Service to tap into entrance fees to keep operating

Politics 01/06/19, 16:09

The National Park Service says it is taking the extraordinary step of dipping into entrance fees to pay for staffing at its highly visited parks in the wake of the partial government shutdown. P. Daniel Smith, deputy director of the service, said in a statement Sunday that the money would be ...

Visitor dies at Yosemite National Park during shutdown

U.S. 01/04/19, 16:41

A man died after falling into a river at Yosemite National Park on Christmas Day, the National Park Service said Friday.The man apparently slipped down Silver Apron, a large, sloping granite area above Nevada Fall, and suffered a head injury, government spokesman Andrew Munoz said in a statement. The ongoing ...

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