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Analysis: Confederate monuments, national monuments ... which does Trump value?

On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump announced his unequivocal support for preserving statues of Confederate generals and leaders, moving a step past his previous statements that the fate of the statues should be left to cities and states.

Editorial: As the last of America's WWII heroes near the end, some reflect on neo-Nazi support for Confederate monuments

Before they die, before they disappear into the opaque mist of history, the last Americans to fight Nazi Germany have to face one more blast of something they thought they’d eliminated in the bloodiest war of all time.

Chattahoochee NRA considers dismantling part of old bridge after recent drownings

In the past two weeks two young men have died jumping off the bridge at Settles Bridge Park and into the Chattahoochee River.

Now the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service, is talking to the State Preservation Office about partially dismantling the bridge to keep people off of it.

Some ask whether new DOI appointee, formerly a lobbyist for Nestlé, had a hand in overturning NP disposable water bottle sales ban

The Trump administration has ended a six-year-old ban on selling bottled water at some national parks that was aimed at easing plastic pollution and the huge amount of waste being recycled.

Brazil: Indigenous people win 2 important land rights cases at Supreme Court

Brazil’s Supreme Court made two key decisions that strongly favored the country’s indigenous communities Wednesday, rulings that appear to refute the current administration’s recent attempt to link all indigenous land claims to an arbitrary 1988 occupation date, rather than to a long history of documented occupation, as required by Brazil’s Constitution.

Wawona area of Yosemite NP still threatened by wildfire, though pace of spread has slowed

Humidity has helped slow the spread of the South Fork Fire in Yosemite National Park, though residents of the Wawona community remained under a voluntary evacuation order.

Tanzania: Leading anti-poaching activist shot dead by gunmen in car attack; had received numerous threats

The head of an animal conservation NGO who had received numerous death threats has been shot and killed by an unknown gunman in Tanzania.

Myth of the "loyal slave" lives on in some Confederate monuments

The violence witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a white nationalist rally  thrust the debate about Confederate monuments onto the nation's front pages.  Should statues honoring the leaders of the Confederacy, like that of General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, remain standing?

Feature: Can grizzly bears expand beyond their range in areas around Yellowstone NP?

SLAND PARK, Idaho – From the top of 9,898-foot Sawtell Peak, just outside the western boundary of Yellowstone National Park, I imagined I was a young male grizzly bear on the move, seeking new territory beyond the park’s safety.

Dominican Republic: PAs should be incorporated into national tourism planning, industry official urges

Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic Hotels and Tourism Association (ASONAHORES) president Joel Santos said the country’s protected areas, which account for over 25% of the national territory, should be incorporated to the country’s tourism and economic development.

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