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Man arrested for defacing Lincoln Memorial

A man was arrested after he vandalized the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. with a penny on Monday afternoon, authorities said. 

Biologists at Great Smoky Mountains NP fight to keep invasive plants out of areas burned in 2016 wildfire

SEVIER COUNTY - On the boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Sevier County, the charred landscape from the 2016 wildfires provided a clean and fertile slate for a new lush landscape.

Indonesia: Birth of baby orangutans in 2 PAs buoy conservationists' hopes for species

The first baby orangutan was born at the Pinus Jantho Nature Reserve in Sumatra, a sign that the species might survive the global extinction crisis now underway.

Brazil: President declares 1.2M-ha indigenous reserve

The Temer government, widely criticized for its attacks on indigenous rights, has approved its first significant measure in favor of the country’s indigenous communities.

Editorial: For Trump, talk of importance of heritage doesn't extend to Native Americans

History and heritage are powerful words in American politics. In the United States, the Founding Fathers are second only to the apostles; the Constitution comes just after the Bible on the bookshelf and the Declaration of Independence is nearly as important an origin story as Genesis.

Change NMons? If Trump tries, prepare to meet in court, enviros say

Environmental and outdoor recreation groups threatened Monday to sue if President Trump adopts Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s leaked proposal to alter nearly a dozen national monuments, while grazing, fishing and other groups welcomed the recommendations.

Enviros concerned about Zinke's recommendation to allow logging in Katahdin Woods & Waters NMon

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to allow “active timber management” within Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is raising new questions about logging on the 87,500-acre swath of federal lands in Maine’s North Woods.

Its mission accomplished, 51-year-old USWFS captive breeding program for whooping cranes closes down

Each spring for 12 years, Paula Wang began a temporary position at a government lab in a suburb north of Washington. She was required to remain silent while working and to wear a white suit and hood. The mission was not top-secret, but Wang felt it was urgent all the same; she had to save an endangered species.

Mountain lions in Santa Monica Mountains NRA may get help crossing busy California highway

Help may be on the way for an at-risk population of mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains, as the California Department of Transportation intends to move forward with building a wildlife crossing over busy Highway 101, which could both help reduce the number of animals struck and killed by vehicles in addition to increasing the genetic diversity of the pumas by bringing new big cats into

Public lands defenders alarmed at number of O&G leases being offered near NPs

You know that a proposed oil and gas lease is really, truly an awful idea when even Governor Gary Herbert, Utah’s normally pro-fossil fuel development leader, is against it.

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