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Indonesia: TRAFFIC says "unrealistically high" quotas for captive-bred wildlife species provides loophole for illegal trade

JAKARTA — Inflated quotas for breeding animals in Indonesia’s commercial conservation facilities appear to be fueling the illegal wildlife trade, according to a new study by TRAFFIC, an NGO.

Report: USGS climate change expert prevented from meeting with Facebook CEO during high-profile visit to Glacier NP

A climate change expert at the United States Geological Survey was set to join Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in Montana last weekend to discuss the impact of global warming at Glacier National Park, but two sources with knowledge of the matter say the scientist was pulled from the visit by the U.S. Department of Interior just days before the event.

Zion NP's pioneering proposal for reservation system one of several visitor management alternatives out for public review

Like a trendy new restaurant with a long waiting list, getting into Zion National Park might one day require a reservation.

The National Park Service is considering a year-round online reservation system for access to Zion’s most popular trails and attractions in response to a massive surge in visitation at the park 160 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Discovery of previously unknown series of post holes at Hopewell Culture NHP suggest site was major "woodhenge"

CHILLICOTHE - To the lay person, it may look like nothing more than a well cut hole in the ground at the Hopeton Earthworks.

Colombia: 2 Indigenous reserves expanded within buffer zone of Serrania de Chiribiquete NP, country's largest

The Colombian government announced yesterday the expansion of two indigenous reserves in the buffer zone of Serrania de Chiribiquete, the South American country’s largest national park.

From the Orkneys to Easter Island, ancient coastal cultural sites threatened by sea level rise

The shores of Scotland’s Orkney Islands are dotted with ruins that date to the Stone Age.

But after enduring for millennia, these archaeological sites – along with many others from Easter Island to Jamestown – are facing an existential threat from climate change.

Tanzania: Expert calls instance of lionness nursing leopard cub in Ngorongoro Conservation Area "a unique case"

Last Tuesday, a guest at Ndutu Lodge in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area observed something unusual: a five-year-old wild lioness nicknamed Nosikitok was nursing a leopard cub estimated to be only a few weeks old.

Lions have been known to sometimes kill leopards to eliminate competition. So this cross-species nursing has surprised scientists.

Old Growth Forest Network creates 65 PAs in first 5 years

Oaks, tulip poplars and hickory trees rise to form the old-growth canopy of the James Madison Landmark Forest, which encompasses 200 acres behind Montpelier, the fourth president’s historic home. In the spring in Virginia, a walk among these giants is warm and breezy.

Kenya: For tourists, wildebeest migration trumps possible violence around coming elections

AIROBI (Reuters) - Tourists to Kenya are shrugging off fears of potential violence during elections in August, pouring into the East African country in droves for a chance of seeing the annual wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara.

Illinois state historic preservation agency dissolved, functions merged into Department of Natural Resources

A long-debated plan to wrest the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum free of what critics call a stifling bureaucracy occurred Friday when Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order creating a separate state agency for the once-vaunted showplace.

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