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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.

New information reveals that namesake of peak in Grand Teton NP was sexual harasser

The first superintendent of Grand Teton National Park has a mountain named in his honor — a long-lasting legacy that a leading park historian says is perhaps undeserved.

Liberia: Newly created Grebo-Krahn NP home to important population of endangered chimpanzees

The Liberian government designated a new national park in August 2017 that will protect an important population of Critically Endangered western chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus), as well as several other species of large mammals.

Long-standing access problem at Yucca House NMon on verge of solution

A long-standing access issue at Yucca House National Monument is one step closer to being resolved.

On Monday, Montezuma County commissioners agreed to support a key land donation to the monument so the public access point could be relocated off a ranchers’ land.

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Urban tree expert called in to preserve stately elms on National Mall

The elm trees that ring the National Mall in Washington, D.C., have stood witness to presidential inaugurations, given shaded respite to marchers and protestors, and provided millions of tourists with fresh air amid one of the busiest cities in the world.

Site of rare Devils Hole pupfish in Death Valley NP rattled by earthquake shocks 1500 miles away in Mexico

Two deadly earthquakes in Mexico this month also left their mark on a water-filled cavern in Nevada that is home to one of the world’s most endangered fish.

Wilderness advocacy group touts 15 places that should be off-limits to O&G drilling

A new report released today by The Wilderness Society raises the alarm about wild lands threatened by extractive industries eager to exploit the resources on or underneath them, including oil, gas and coal.

Editorial: Fight over Cascade-Siskiyou NMon pits competing claims against each other

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s memo to President Donald Trump recommending that the president modify 10 national monuments created by his predecessors, including shrinking the boundaries of four, is fraught with factual errors and may be on shaky legal ground.

Ranchers' fear of brucellosis continuing to impede full recovery of bison population in areas around Yellowstone NP

Once staring into the oblivion that is extinction, bison have rebounded in number and prestige to be called the United States’ national mammal. Yet those in Yellowstone National Park don’t fully carry the prestige that distinction bestows.

Interview: The case for giving lunar landing sites World Heritage status

Michelle Hanlon is the co-founder of For All Moonkind, a nonprofit established in June that seeks to preserve the six Apollo lunar landing sites—including Tranquility Base—by having them classified as world heritage sites. Hanlon spoke with Air & Space Magazine in August.     

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