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Parkwire: The daily digest of global news about parks, protected areas, and cultural sites

IMPORTANT NEWS: Parkwire has moved!

As of October 2, 2017, Parkwire has moved.  Read on for more information.



Dear Parkwire Readers,

Parkwire is the first—and as far as I know, still the only—online daily digest of global news about parks, protected areas, and cultural sites. I started it in 2010 when I was executive director of the George Wright Society. The idea was to give GWS members and other readers a one-stop shop for news and commentary about parks, protected areas, and cultural sites around the world. The editorial emphases are on resource and policy issues—reflecting the mission of the GWS.   

Between that beginning and the end of September 2017, I produced over 13,000 posts in Parkwire, as GWS executive director through April 2017 (at which time I stepped down from that position) and then as a contractor to GWS for the last few months.

Unfortunately, budgetary considerations compelled the GWS to discontinue its sponsorship of Parkwire at the end of September 2017. The hope is that GWS will be able to reinstate its sponsorship at some point. 

In the meantime, I am committed to keeping Parkwire going, on three platforms:

I invite you to continue following Parkwire.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Thanks!

Dave Harmon,



About Parkwire


Parkwire is a news aggregator—I don't produce any original reporting. I select stories from my own newsfeed each weekday (and sometimes on weekends) based on my experience with the conservation of protected places, both nationally and internationally. Then I cut-and-paste the opening and post a link to the full story. In keeping with the GWS's (and my own) interdisciplinary philosophy, Parkwire covers both protected natural areas and cultural sites.

As noted above, the focus is on resource and policy issues as they affect parks, protected areas, and cultural sites. So, in general I do not cover stories such as injuries/deaths in parks, travel-related news (road closures etc.), or environmental news that does not relate directly to parks. I try to do 5–10 posts each day.

BR (bisophere reserve)
DOI (US Department of the Interior)
IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
NOAA (US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
NB (National Battlefield)
NHP (National Historical Park)
NHS (National Historic Site)
NMon (National Monument)
NMP (National Military Park)
NP (National Park)
NPres (National Preserve)
PA (protected area)
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization)
USBLM (US Bureau of Land Management)
USFS (US Department of Agriculture–Forest Service)
USFWS (US Fish & Wildlife Service)
USNPS (US National Park Service)
WH (World Heritage)

I am happy to hear your suggestions or comments about Parkwire. Send me a note to the email address above.



In interview, Zinke blames "the resistance" for slow pace of Interior nominations

In a​n interview with the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal this afternoon, Secretary Zinke blamed “the resistance movement” for the lack of Senate-confirmed positions filled at the Department of Interior.

Canada: Federal & Nunatsiavut Inuit governments agree to co-manage new MPA

NAIN, N.L. — Ottawa and the Nunatsiavut Inuit government have formed a partnership to protect and manage the waters around northern Labrador.

The marine management plan is expected to protect a stretch of coastline that is longer than the state of California and is home to the highest concentration of polar bears in the world.

Editorial: Navajo Nation won't benefit by suing over Bears Ears

What benefit to the Navajo people would ever come from the Navajo Nation threatening to sue the Federal Government over Bears Ears National Monument being reduced?

Pro-conservation business group urges Zinke to drop NMon recommendations

A group of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs that views public lands as a valuable quality-of-life issue for employees is urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to scrap his recommendations to shrink the boundaries of national monuments or allow for resource extraction in them, saying preservation of monuments is "critical" for corporate success.

Conservation to get bigger emphasis in newly renewed Mexico/US plan for managing Colorado River

The United States and Mexico expanded a long-term agreement Wednesday that will allow both nations to continue using the Colorado River while also pushing more conservation efforts to ensure that water is available during droughts.

Campaigners try to block O&G exploration permit renewal at Big Cypress NPres, citing environmental damage

A new fight has broken out over oil exploration in the western Everglades as environmental groups try to stop a Texas company from completing a search for oil at Big Cypress National Preserve.

Tree removal to protect habitat for rare endemic wildflower angers some trail users at Golden Gate NRA

In the name of saving rare grasslands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area staff have undertaken a project in Montara to preserve the endangered Hickman’s potentilla, a plant with buttercup yellow petals in the shape of hearts.

Zinke latest Trump cabinet member come under fire for private airplane travel

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke chartered a flight from Las Vegas to near his home in Montana this summer aboard a plane owned by oil-and-gas executives, internal documents show.

Second major El Capitan rockfall in as many days unnerves visitors to Yosemite NP

A chunk of rock broke off the face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on Thursday afternoon, injuring one person a day after a massive slab fell from the towering monolith and killed a tourist, park officials said.

Trump administration to review sage grouse critical habitat plan

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will seek to reconsider an Obama-era blueprint for protecting the greater sage grouse, a move that could lead to new mineral leasing, grazing and other commercial activities across the quirky bird’s Western habitat.

Suzuki: Australian rollback of MPAs "sickening"

Growing global momentum to protect the world’s oceans from overfishing could be undermined by Australia, warns renowned conservationist David Suzuki and more than 1,461 other scientists.

Australia is currently considering the world’s biggest downgrading of a protected area with a reduction in the size of its network of marine reserves.

Legal experts weigh in on possible consequences if Trump tries to enact Zinke's proposed NMon alterations

On April 26, 2017, President Trump ordered Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review 27 national monuments that had been created or expanded since 1996 and exceeded 100,000 acres in size. Zinke was directed to reassess boundaries and management standards for these monuments and consider alternative uses and local economic development impacts.

Virgin Islands NP likely to be closed for 6–12 months, USNPS official says; Christensted NHS escapes with little damage

Damage inflicted by the one-two punch of Hurricanes Irma and Maria could keep Virgin Islands National Park virtually closed for six months to a year, according to the National Park Service's Caribbean superintendent. When the five other parks in the Caribbean reopen depends largely on when the islands' power grids are restored and fuel becomes available, he added.

Brazil: After global outcry, president cancels decision to open PA to mining

In barely more than a month, President Michel Temer signed three decrees concerning the National Copper and Associated Reserve (RENCA), located on the border of Amapá and Pará states. In the first (decree no. 9147), he abolished the reserve — an area of Amazon rainforest the size of Denmark and opened it to mining.