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Virgin Islands NP vegetation will largely recover, USNPS official says, but damage is extensive

There was Betsy and Donna, Hugo and Lenny, as well as Omar and Earl and many other hurricanes before Irma made a direct hit on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and after each, the rebuilding got under way. It's no different today at Virgin Islands National Park, which occupies more than half of the 20-square-mile island. And it won't happen overnight.

Commemoration plans underway to mark centennial of 1921 race riot in Oklahoma

The success and resiliency of the old Greenwood district will be highlighted during activities observing the centennial of Tulsa’s 1921 race riot, leaders of the commission planning the events said Tuesday.

Before-and-after satellite images of St. John show Hurricane Irma's effects on Virgin Island NP's vegetation

These natural-color images, captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite, show some of Irma’s effect on the British and U.S. Virgin Islands.

The views were acquired on August 25 and September 10, 2017, before and after the storm passed. They are among the few relatively cloud-free satellite images of the area so far.

Feature: For America's national parks, and USNPS, a reckoning is on the horizon

WHEN I DROVE with forest ecologist Nathan Stephenson on the twisted Generals Highway through Sequoia National Park in central California last September, it was like a tour through the aftermath of a disaster. As we zigzagged up the road in his car, Stephenson narrated our journey blithely, like a medical examiner used to talking about death.

Ivory Coast: Investigation shows "dirty cocoa," sourced from illegally cleared land in NPs, is entering the supply chain of Big Chocolate

The world’s chocolate industry is driving deforestation on a devastating scale in West Africa, the Guardian can reveal.

Cocoa traders who sell to Mars, Nestlé, Mondelez and other big brands buy beans grown illegally inside protected areas in the Ivory Coast, where rainforest cover has been reduced by more than 80% since 1960.

For one man, stakes in fight over Cascade–Siskiyou NMon include over 30 years of environmental activism

National monuments aren’t created overnight. Just ask Dave Willis, a 65-year-old outdoorsman in Southern Oregon who started advocating for protection of the area now known as Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument when he was 30 years old.

"Densetown" vs. "Stumptown": Scientists use two contrasting forests to ponder Yellowstone NP's future under climate change

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — This is a tale of two forests, Densetown and Stumptown, whose paths diverged after a succession of wildfires. One illustrates the historic resilience of the dense Yellowstone pinelands; the other portends a much sparser future for these forests under climate change.

Court grants Trump administration request to halt plan aimed at controlling air pollution in Utah NPs

SALT LAKE CITY — An appeals court granted a request Monday from President Donald Trump's administration to halt a plan for new pollution controls at Utah's oldest coal-fired power plants aimed at reducing haze near national parks.

August visitation to Yellowstone NP tops all records

Yellowstone National Park recorded last month its busiest August on record.

Park officials tallied 916,166 visits last month, marking the first time the month surpassed 900,000 visits in the park’s history. It’s almost a 9 percent increase over the total in August 2016.

Canada: Wildfire in Waterton Lakes NP threatens namesake townsite; visitor center burns down

The townsite of Waterton, including the iconic Prince of Wales Hotel, is under threat from a raging wildfire and crews are working “tirelessly” to defend against flames and embers, according to fire officials.

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