Parkwire, The GWS Daily Digest of Global Protected Area News

Even without funding in place, Trump administration quietly preparing to build border wall through Santa Ana NWR

For at least six months, private contractors and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have been quietly preparing to build the first piece of President Trump’s border wall through the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge in South Texas.

Zinke says Canyon of the Ancients NMon is no longer under consideration for downsizing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he is removing Colorado's Canyons of the Ancients from a list of national monuments being reviewed nationwide.

Uganda: Controlled experiment finds that simply paying villagers not to cut down trees an effective way to slow deforestation, climate change

The tropical forests in western Uganda, home to a dwindling population of endangered chimpanzees, are disappearing at some of the fastest rates on Earth as local people chop down trees for charcoal and to clear space for subsistence farming.

House passes measure to boost size of John Muir NHS

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The U.S. House of Representatives have passed Mark DeSaulnier’s bill that would expand the John Muir National Historic Site.

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris has introduced similar legislation in the Senate.

Poland: Security guards forcibly remove protesters trying to block logging in Bialowieza Forest

WARSAW (Reuters) - Security guards in Poland's Bialowieza Forest have forcibly ejected protesters who sought to stop the felling of trees in one of Europe's last primeval woods, a project that has drawn the threat of a European Union lawsuit.

Dem representative criticizes Zinke for scheduling meeting with Koch-backed anti-public lands group

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has said he opposes calls for federal lands to be transferred to states or sold off, is traveling to Colorado this weekend to speak to two conservative groups, one of which advocates for disposal of federal lands.

Group looks to acquire former Wright Airplane Factory; would be added to Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP

The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park may soon get bigger.

Tony Sculimbrene, executive director at the National Aviation Heritage Alliance , said the alliance is hoping to gain control of the former Wright Airplane Factory — located between U.S. 35 and Third Street near Home Avenue — possibly in the next 30 days.

DOI ordered Glacier NP not to post anything on social media about Facebook CEO's visit

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg flew to Glacier National Park on Saturday to tour the melting ice fields that have become the poster child for climate change’s effects on Montana’s northern Rockies.

USNPS objects to Maine senator's proposal to codify intertidal harvesting activities in Acadia NP

The National Park Service is criticizing legislation sponsored by independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine that’s intended to protect traditional intertidal clamming and worm harvesting in Acadia National Park.

Australia: Plans would slash no-take zones in MPAs, opening up large areas to longline fishing and bottom trawling

Australia’s marine protected areas look set to be slashed by the federal government, with plans announced for cuts that go beyond those recommended by a review commissioned by the previous Abbott government.

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