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Home of assassinated Civil Rights leader Evers recommended for NMon status in Zinke memo

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi civil rights sites, including the home of slain leader Medgar Evers, should be considered for national monument designation, the U.S. interior secretary says in a memo to President Donald Trump.

Secretary Ryan Zinke makes the recommendation in a 19-page memo that was leaked.

Scientists: Opening Papahānaumokuā Marine NMon to commercial fishing "truly awful advice"

Marine scientists are warning that if the Trump administration rescinds fishing protections around eight Pacific islands, the United States will lose one of its best laboratories for measuring how a warming climate affects marine life.

Fisher reintroductions at North Cascades NP suspended because of Canadian forest fires

A plan to release fishers into the forests in the North Cascades of Washington state, including North Cascades National Park, has been put on hold due to forest fires in British Columbia where the fishers were to come from.

Nepal: Government to remeasure Mount Everest, centerpiece of Sagarmatha NP, to see if it has gotten shorter

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal will measure Mount Everest afresh to settle a controversy over height of the world’s tallest peak, especially after some estimates suggested it became a little shorter in the wake of an earthquake two years ago, officials said on Friday.

New information reveals that namesake of peak in Grand Teton NP was sexual harasser

The first superintendent of Grand Teton National Park has a mountain named in his honor — a long-lasting legacy that a leading park historian says is perhaps undeserved.

Liberia: Newly created Grebo-Krahn NP home to important population of endangered chimpanzees

The Liberian government designated a new national park in August 2017 that will protect an important population of Critically Endangered western chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus), as well as several other species of large mammals.

Long-standing access problem at Yucca House NMon on verge of solution

A long-standing access issue at Yucca House National Monument is one step closer to being resolved.

On Monday, Montezuma County commissioners agreed to support a key land donation to the monument so the public access point could be relocated off a ranchers’ land.

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Urban tree expert called in to preserve stately elms on National Mall

The elm trees that ring the National Mall in Washington, D.C., have stood witness to presidential inaugurations, given shaded respite to marchers and protestors, and provided millions of tourists with fresh air amid one of the busiest cities in the world.

Site of rare Devils Hole pupfish in Death Valley NP rattled by earthquake shocks 1500 miles away in Mexico

Two deadly earthquakes in Mexico this month also left their mark on a water-filled cavern in Nevada that is home to one of the world’s most endangered fish.

Wilderness advocacy group touts 15 places that should be off-limits to O&G drilling

A new report released today by The Wilderness Society raises the alarm about wild lands threatened by extractive industries eager to exploit the resources on or underneath them, including oil, gas and coal.

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