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Feature: Among the big trees in Sequoia NP

The trees are so big that it would be cowardly not to deal with their bigness head on. They are very, very big. You already knew this — they’re called “giant sequoias” — and I knew it, too. But in person, their bigness still feels unexpected, revelatory.

Democratic public lands supporter says popular opinion still can carry the day in political fights

"Starve the beast," a phrase fashionable with fiscally conservative politicians dating to the mid-1980s, has returned in full force to Congress, where U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva worries about how national parks and public lands in general will fare if Republicans aren't checked.

South Africa: Enviros protest after government approves coal mine in Mabola PA

A South African court ruling this month put the brakes on the approval of a coal station in the northern Limpopo province, marking a victory for environmental justice organization Earthlife Africa, who argued that the coal station had not undergone the required climate change impact assessments.

Belize: PA association pans government's sharp increase of tourist departure tax

By BBN Staff: The Association of Protected Areas Management Organization (APAMO) is not happy with Barrow’s cash strapped Government of Belize (GoB) intent to increase the conservation portion of the departure tax for non-Belizean from BZ $7.50 to BZ $40 on April 1st 2017.

Saguaro NP gains 44 acres, including riparian habitat, in LWCF-enabled land donation

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Trust for Public Land transferred 44 acres to Saguaro National Park (East district) located north of Vail, on Wednesday, March 22 according to a recent release.

The new acreage adds a critical water resource to SNP east.

Student, journalists use emails to tell behind-the-scenes story of USNPS contretemps over Trump inauguration size

The incoming Trump administration was “not jazzed” when the National Park Service retweeted information critical about the president during his inauguration, according to internal emails obtained by BuzzFeed News, and initially ordered the agency to not tweet that entire weekend.

Australia: New species of hard coral found in Lord Howe Island WH site

The discovery of a new species of hard coral, found on Lord Howe Island, suggests that the fauna of this isolated location in the Tasman Sea off south eastern Australia is even more distinct than previously recognised.

Global study finds 91% of MPAs are understaffed

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an increasingly popular strategy for protecting marine biodiversity, but a new global study demonstrates that widespread lack of personnel and funds are preventing MPAs from reaching their full potential. Only 9 percent of MPAs reported having adequate staff.

The findings are published in the journal Nature on March 22.

Editorial: Indiana Dunes NL deserves to be redesignated a NP

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a crown jewel at the apex of our Region's quality of life and a major economic foundation for tourism.

We've long argued anything that can enhance the social and economic benefit of the Dunes can and should be pursued.

Brazil: Yellow fever decimating howler monkey population in small Atlantic forest PA

Yellow fever, a virus carried by mosquitoes and endemic to Africa and South America, has robbed the private, federally-protected reserve of its brown howlers in an unprecedented wave of death that has swept through the region since late 2016, killing thousands of monkeys.

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