Parkwire, The GWS Daily Digest of Global Protected Area News

Ban on target shooting in Ironwood NMon may be overturned after Zinke order

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued an executive order Friday about hunting and target shooting in national monuments that could lead to a reversal of a 4-year-old target-shooting ban at Ironwood Forest National Monument northwest of Tucson.

New sand island at Cape Hatteras NS appears to be connecting with Cape Point after Irma

Shelly Island may not be an island anymore – for now.

Two historians support tribes' call for name changes at Yellowstone NP

Two Bozeman historians are supporting tribal groups’ call for the removal of Gustavus Cheyney Doane’s name from a mountain in Yellowstone National Park.

San Francisco to seek reimbursement for security costs for fizzled right-wing rally at Golden Gate NRA

Patriot Prayer’s “Free Speech” rally never actually materialized last month, but it still cost The City big bucks.

San Francisco spent $890,000 on security and transit thanks to the protests that sprung up in resistance to the planned Patriot Prayer rally, On Guard has learned.

Everglades, Dry Tortugas NPs signifcantly damaged by Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma left a massive footprint across the Florida Everglades.

Leaked Interior memo proposes end to O&G exploration ban in ANWR

An internal Interior Department memo has proposed lifting restrictions on exploratory seismic studies in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a possible first step toward opening the pristine wilderness area to oil and gas drilling.

IUCN downlists snow leopard from "endangered" to "vulnerable" on global Red List, but still at high risk of extinction

The snow leopard is no longer an endangered species, but its population in the wild is still at risk because of poaching and habitat loss, conservationists said this week.

USNPS awards funds to University of California to study history of Black Panther Party

The National Park Service is spending roughly $100,000 for a research project seeking to "honor the legacy" of the Marxist revolutionary group the Black Panther Party.

The University of California, Berkeley, which has recently been at the center of violent protests from far-left groups, is receiving funding for the project.

Utah governor says he thinks Zinke may recommend Grand Staircase–Escalante NMon to be broken up

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument could get carved up into several smaller monuments, Governor Gary Herbert said.

At his monthly news conference on KUED, the governor said Wednesday he had spoken with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about shrinking the southern Utah national monument.

Indonesia: Rangers in Ujung Kulon NP spot what may be Javan tiger, a species thought extinct

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Park rangers in Indonesia may have spotted an animal thought to live only in folklore and history books: a Javan tiger, declared extinct more than 40 years ago.

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