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USFS disavows analysis arguing that federal wildlife managers have ceded too much authority to states

The U.S. Forest Service has disavowed a legal analysis it commissioned that showed federal land managers have given state wildlife departments more authority than they really possess. 

Interview: Will Trump change the way future presidents use proclamation powers under Antiquities Act?

In April, President Trump ordered Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review more than two dozen national monuments, arguing that the designation of sites under previous administrations had gotten out of hand.

After years of drought, rebounding water levels at Lake Meredith NRA sparks tourism resurgence

David Wright is betting on Lake Meredith. Wright, 60, has been visiting the lake about 30 miles north of Amarillo since the 1970s and remembers its heyday, when the water level topped 100 feet.

He also watched a drought unfold in the 2000s that sent lake levels plummeting to less than a third of that.

China: Panda populations going up, but threats to habitat still cloud the their future

One year after giant pandas graduated from endangered to “vulnerable,” a welcome designation after 28 years, Chinese scientists have sobering news: The animal’s natural habitat in China is in serious danger.

Management plan for Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District completed

A General Management Plan for the Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District received final authorization from the National Park Service.

Cabins renovated in historic Elkmont District of Great Smoky Mountains NP

TOWNSEND — It still takes imagination to envision sitting among the suit-and-dress crowd listening to the orchestra on a Saturday night at the Appalachia Club House in the Elkmont Historic District of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Trump's border wall would pose especially big concerns at Organ Pipe Cactus NMon, advocates say

Driving up to a trailhead just a few miles from the US-Mexico border in Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, biologist Rosemary Schiano’s first advice is to cover our spare water gallons.

“People will break into your car if they see water, especially in this heat,” she says.

Scientists: Opening Papahānaumokuā Marine NMon to commercial fishing "truly awful advice"

Marine scientists are warning that if the Trump administration rescinds fishing protections around eight Pacific islands, the United States will lose one of its best laboratories for measuring how a warming climate affects marine life.

Fisher reintroductions at North Cascades NP suspended because of Canadian forest fires

A plan to release fishers into the forests in the North Cascades of Washington state, including North Cascades National Park, has been put on hold due to forest fires in British Columbia where the fishers were to come from.

Nepal: Government to remeasure Mount Everest, centerpiece of Sagarmatha NP, to see if it has gotten shorter

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal will measure Mount Everest afresh to settle a controversy over height of the world’s tallest peak, especially after some estimates suggested it became a little shorter in the wake of an earthquake two years ago, officials said on Friday.

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