Parkwire, The GWS Daily Digest of Global Protected Area News

DR Congo: 5 rangers killed by militia in Okapi Wildlife Reserve; 1 journalist escapes

KINSHASA, Congo — Five Congo park rangers have been found dead and an American journalist has been found in good condition in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve after going missing during a militia attack, a local official said Sunday.

Editorial: Outdoor recreation on public lands a major part of the economy

The battle for control over the usage of federally owned public land began almost immediately after President Ulysses S. Grant signed the legislation that established Yellowstone National Park.

Editorial: Yellowstone grizzly population is far from recovered, so ESA protections should be kept in place

In March 2016, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service proposed removing the Yellowstone grizzly bear population from the list of threatened species. The uproar was ferocious. Conservationists, scientists, 125 Indian tribes and some 650,000 citizens expressed concern about the move.

Feature: Seattle unit of Klondike Gold Rush NHP redefining what an urban park can be

Seattle changed forever on July 17, 1897. In fact, you can peg the birth of the modern city to that date, when the steamer Portland cruised into Elliott Bay with a boatload of gold and miners who’d struck it rich in the Klondike. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer covered the arrival with a subtle headline: “Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold!” Nothing more really needed to be said.

After being dismantled in scandal, river operations unit at Grand Canyon NP slated to be restarted

Sixteen months after Grand Canyon National Park abolished its river unit in the wake of a federal sexual harassment investigation, the park has drafted a new plan for how to reconstruct those operations.

Brazil: In Veredas do Peruaçu SP, scientists find savanna wildlife habitats recovering after decades of agriculture

Part of Brazil’s most altered landscape has proven that it’s capable of regenerating after the effects of farming, timber plantations and ranching, according to a recent study.

South Africa: Around Kruger NP, providing basic education, tourism jobs in local communities best defense against poaching, advocates say

HOEDSPRUIT, South Africa – Vince Barkas, a grizzled high-school dropout with a sharp tongue and piercing blue eyes, is at war in the grasslands and savannas here in northeast South Africa.

California representative takes flak for calling for reduction in Mojave Trails NMon, which is in his district

A Republican congressman from California is facing criticism from local environmental groups after sending a letter to the Secretary of the Interior in support of reducing two local national monuments.

Craters of the Moon, Hanford Reach NMons no longer under review, Zinke says

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday that two national monuments in Washington and Idaho are no longer being considered for removal or reduction by the Trump administration.

Feature: Around the world, scientists are building and maintaining repositories aimed at saving—or restoring—biodiversity

Here's something different for GWS readers: an impressive photo gallery of repositories around the world where scientists are maintaining genetic material in hopes of preserving—or rebuilding—biodiversity.

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