Update: Zinke: Park visitors should “grab a trash bag”

U.S. 01/04/19, 12:49

The Latest on Ryan Zinke's departure as U.S. Secretary of Interior (all times local): 10:50 a.m. Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says National Park visitors should "grab a trash bag and take some trash out" as garbage bins at some parks overflow during the government shutdown. With many government workers furloughed as ...

Sequoia, Kings Canyon close due to health, safety concerns

California 01/03/19, 14:05

Overflowing trash and human waste and other unsafe visitor conditions have prompted Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California to close to the public.The parks said in a statement they were shutting Wednesday evening and would likely stay closed for the duration of the government shutdown, which entered its ...

Despite government shutdown, zoo animals still getting fed

Politics 01/02/19, 17:12

Washington's National Zoological Park has closed its gates, the latest victim of the partial government shutdown. But thousands of animals still need to be fed, pregnancies need to be monitored and poop has to be scooped. Zoo spokeswoman Annalisa Meyer says the level of care for the animals will be maintained. More ...

Grand Canyon celebrates 100 years as a national park in 2019

U.S. 12/31/18, 15:20

The first European American who reached the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon marveled at what was before him: an astounding system of canyons, profound fissures and slender spires that seemingly tottered from their bases.The scenery wasn't enough to convince Lt. Joseph Christmas Ives that anyone would visit after his ...

Liberty Bell to reopen for 3 days thanks to tourism group

U.S. 12/27/18, 12:29

Tourists in Philadelphia for the holidays will be able to see the Liberty Bell this weekend despite a partial federal government shutdown that closed many national parks throughout the country.Most of the buildings in the Independence National Historic Park including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center have been shuttered ...

Open and closed: shutdown’s varied impact on parks, tourists

New York 12/22/18, 14:31

The huddled masses are still able to visit the Statue of Liberty. The Grand Canyon is open for business. The government says other national parks "will remain as accessible as possible."But, while the star-spangled banner yet waves at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, the gates at the War of 1812 landmark ...

Ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunt plans appealed by US

U.S. 12/21/18, 14:35

U.S. government attorneys filed notice Friday that they are appealing a court ruling that restored protections for grizzly bears in the Northern Rockies and blocked plans to hold the first public hunts for the animals in decades.The legal move challenges a September ruling from U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen in ...

Environmentalists: Plan to reduce elk feeding is overdue

Enviroment 12/08/18, 15:09

An environmental group is urging federal wildlife managers to quickly develop an overdue plan to reduce the amount of supplemental feed given to wild elk on the National Elk Refuge in northwest Wyoming.In a Dec. 4 letter to refuge officials, attorneys for Earthjustice said the plan was supposed to be ...

European zoos to send critically endangered rhinos to Rwanda

Europe 11/20/18, 11:53

Wildlife parks from three European countries are joining forces to send critically endangered eastern black rhinos back to their natural habitat in Rwanda, where the entire rhino population was wiped out during the genocide in the 1990s.CORRECTES NAME OF DANISH PARK TO REE PARK SAFARI -- Manny, a male of ...

Statue of Liberty’s original torch moved to museum site

New York 11/15/18, 15:03

The Statue of Liberty's original torch has been moved from the base of the statue to its new home in a museum that will open next year. The original torch of the Statue of Liberty, and a replica of her face, rides on a hydraulically stabilized transporter, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 ...

Sides spar over water permit for refinery near national park

U.S. 11/14/18, 16:09

A company developing an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota has supplied adequate information to justify drawing water from an underwater aquifer, State Water Commission officials testified Wednesday.An attorney for area landowners challenging the recommended permit for the Davis Refinery countered that information from developer Meridian ...

State says permit for refinery near national park justified

U.S. 11/13/18, 14:04

North Dakota's Health Department did not improperly discount its own concerns about pollution from a proposed oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park when it permitted the project earlier this year, attorneys for the agency and for the developer argue.The department and Meridian Energy Group are asking a state judge ...

Argentina’s newest national park protects vital wetlands

America 11/09/18, 01:16

Just an hour's drive from one of South America's most populous cities, a sprawling wetland of bright green marshes and dark lagoons stretches far into the horizon.In this Oct. 18, 2018 photo, park rangers Agustin Mezzabotta, right, and Gonzalo Alves walk at "Ciervo de los Pantanos" National Park near Buenos ...

Justices sound favorable to Alaska hunter with hovercraft

U.S. 11/05/18, 13:39

The Supreme Court sounds skeptical of the National Park Service's authority to prevent an Alaskan moose hunter from using his motorized rubber boat to access remote areas of the state. The justices heard arguments Monday in a case that tests the limits of the federal government's authority in a state in ...

Court revives claim involving uranium mine near Grand Canyon

U.S. 10/26/18, 17:20

A federal appeals court has revived a challenge to a company's right to mine uranium near the Grand Canyon.An Obama-era decision prohibits new mining claims on roughly 1,562 square miles outside the boundaries of the national park through 2032. But that doesn't keep uranium companies with grandfathered claims from developing ...

Deaths of 2 who fell from Yosemite ledge under investigation

U.S. 10/25/18, 20:43

The deaths of two people who fell from a popular Yosemite National Park overlook were being investigated Friday by park officials who were still working to recover the bodies.Visitors can walk to the edge of a vertigo-inducing granite ledge without railings that has become a popular spot for photos posted ...

2 die after falling from overlook in Yosemite National Park

U.S. 10/25/18, 10:17

Two visitors died in a fall from a popular overlook at Yosemite National Park, an official said.Park rangers were trying to recover the bodies of a man and a woman Thursday, spokesman Scott Gediman said. He didn't say when the couple fell from Taft Point, which is at an elevation ...

Grand Canyon chief being investigated, will be reassigned

U.S. 10/23/18, 19:26

The superintendent at the Grand Canyon will be reassigned amid a federal investigation into undisclosed allegations, the National Park Service said Tuesday, marking the latest upheaval at one of the country's most popular national parks.Investigators from the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General arrived at the park this week to ...

Yellowstone superintendent won’t consider visitor caps

U.S. 10/23/18, 18:32

The new superintendent of Yellowstone National Park said Tuesday he won't consider capping the number of visitors to the nation's first national park, which is on pace to attract more than 4 million visitors for the fourth consecutive year."Any thoughts on a visitation cap in Yellowstone is not occurring," Cam ...

Grizzly attacks hunter in mountains north of Yellowstone

U.S. 10/15/18, 15:47

A grizzly bear attacked an elk hunter who surprised the sow and her cub north of Yellowstone National Park, sinking her teeth into his arm and clawing his eye before another hunter drove her off, the victim recounted Monday.The mauling of Bob Legasa, 57, in the Gallatin National Forest on ...

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