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Ever-inventive, rhino poachers shift away from smuggling whole horns to pieces processed into jewelry

Instead of shipping poached rhino horns whole or in chunks, transnational criminal networks have started manufacturing jewelry and other rhino-horn trinkets in southern Africa, according to a new report from conservation NGO Traffic.

Biologists at Great Smoky Mountains NP fight to keep invasive plants out of areas burned in 2016 wildfire

SEVIER COUNTY - On the boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Sevier County, the charred landscape from the 2016 wildfires provided a clean and fertile slate for a new lush landscape.

Maine NGO threatens lawsuit if Trump moves to allow logging in Katahdin Woods & Waters NMon

Lisa Pohlmann, executive director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, served notice to the Trump administration that allowing "commercial logging" in the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument would "almost certainly trigger a lawsuit."

Man arrested for defacing Lincoln Memorial

A man was arrested after he vandalized the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. with a penny on Monday afternoon, authorities said. 

Change NMons? If Trump tries, prepare to meet in court, enviros say

Environmental and outdoor recreation groups threatened Monday to sue if President Trump adopts Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s leaked proposal to alter nearly a dozen national monuments, while grazing, fishing and other groups welcomed the recommendations.

Indonesia: Birth of baby orangutans in 2 PAs buoy conservationists' hopes for species

The first baby orangutan was born at the Pinus Jantho Nature Reserve in Sumatra, a sign that the species might survive the global extinction crisis now underway.

Brazil: President declares 1.2M-ha indigenous reserve

The Temer government, widely criticized for its attacks on indigenous rights, has approved its first significant measure in favor of the country’s indigenous communities.

Editorial: For Trump, talk of importance of heritage doesn't extend to Native Americans

History and heritage are powerful words in American politics. In the United States, the Founding Fathers are second only to the apostles; the Constitution comes just after the Bible on the bookshelf and the Declaration of Independence is nearly as important an origin story as Genesis.

Public lands defenders alarmed at number of O&G leases being offered near NPs

You know that a proposed oil and gas lease is really, truly an awful idea when even Governor Gary Herbert, Utah’s normally pro-fossil fuel development leader, is against it.

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