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Trump administration to review sage grouse critical habitat plan

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will seek to reconsider an Obama-era blueprint for protecting the greater sage grouse, a move that could lead to new mineral leasing, grazing and other commercial activities across the quirky bird’s Western habitat.

Virgin Islands NP likely to be closed for 6–12 months, USNPS official says; Christensted NHS escapes with little damage

Damage inflicted by the one-two punch of Hurricanes Irma and Maria could keep Virgin Islands National Park virtually closed for six months to a year, according to the National Park Service's Caribbean superintendent. When the five other parks in the Caribbean reopen depends largely on when the islands' power grids are restored and fuel becomes available, he added.

Legal experts weigh in on possible consequences if Trump tries to enact Zinke's proposed NMon alterations

On April 26, 2017, President Trump ordered Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review 27 national monuments that had been created or expanded since 1996 and exceeded 100,000 acres in size. Zinke was directed to reassess boundaries and management standards for these monuments and consider alternative uses and local economic development impacts.

Suzuki: Australian rollback of MPAs "sickening"

Growing global momentum to protect the world’s oceans from overfishing could be undermined by Australia, warns renowned conservationist David Suzuki and more than 1,461 other scientists.

Australia is currently considering the world’s biggest downgrading of a protected area with a reduction in the size of its network of marine reserves.

Brazil: After global outcry, president cancels decision to open PA to mining

In barely more than a month, President Michel Temer signed three decrees concerning the National Copper and Associated Reserve (RENCA), located on the border of Amapá and Pará states. In the first (decree no. 9147), he abolished the reserve — an area of Amazon rainforest the size of Denmark and opened it to mining.

Analysis: NPs wrestle with overcrowding

The rocky shorelines, shifting deserts and winding canyons of the country’s 59 national parks have been hallmarks of American vacations for generations.

South Florida NPs face long recovery period after Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma mangled Florida's national and state parks, turning places meant to be enjoyed into disaster zones that could take weeks or longer to reopen.

Democratic lawmaker calls on Zinke to apologize for disloyalty remarks

In sports parlance it's called an unforced error. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made one the other day when he was captured stating that roughly one-third of his vast workforce is not loyal to him or President Trump. The comment quickly was condemned, including by some who wagered that the percentage was much higher.

"I got 30 percent of the crew that’s not loyal to the flag": Zinke says that many DOI employees not loyal to him and Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday that nearly one-third of employees at his department are not loyal to him and President Donald Trump, adding that he is working to change the department’s regulatory culture to be more business friendly.

China: Government releases final plan for establishment of a national park system; "ecological protection first" to be watchword

BEIJING, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- China Tuesday unveiled the overall plan for establishing its new national park system.

"This marks the completion of the top-level design of the national park system, and the beginning of the next stage of substantial construction" said Wang Yi, deputy head of the Institute of Science and Development at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

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