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Maryland Dems introduced bill to remove privately funded Lee statue from Antietam NB

Three Maryland congressmen have filed a bill to have the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee removed from Antietam National Battlefield.

Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-4th) introduced the bill this week to coincide with the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam.

BREAKING: Zinke recommendations to Trump—downsize at least 4 NMons, loosen restrictions in as many as 10

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump modify 10 national monuments created by his immediate predecessors, including shrinking the boundaries of at least four western sites, according to a copy of the report obtained by The Washington Post.

Zinke: Rebuilding Glacier NP's Sperry chalet a top priority; USNPS to stabilize remains before winter

Two weeks after the Sperry Chalet was destroyed in a wildfire, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that rebuilding the historic dormitory in Glacier National Park is one of his “top priorities.”

Two historians support tribes' call for name changes at Yellowstone NP

Two Bozeman historians are supporting tribal groups’ call for the removal of Gustavus Cheyney Doane’s name from a mountain in Yellowstone National Park.

San Francisco to seek reimbursement for security costs for fizzled right-wing rally at Golden Gate NRA

Patriot Prayer’s “Free Speech” rally never actually materialized last month, but it still cost The City big bucks.

San Francisco spent $890,000 on security and transit thanks to the protests that sprung up in resistance to the planned Patriot Prayer rally, On Guard has learned.

Everglades, Dry Tortugas NPs signifcantly damaged by Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma left a massive footprint across the Florida Everglades.

Ban on target shooting in Ironwood NMon may be overturned after Zinke order

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued an executive order Friday about hunting and target shooting in national monuments that could lead to a reversal of a 4-year-old target-shooting ban at Ironwood Forest National Monument northwest of Tucson.

New sand island at Cape Hatteras NS appears to be connecting with Cape Point after Irma

Shelly Island may not be an island anymore – for now.

Leaked Interior memo proposes end to O&G exploration ban in ANWR

An internal Interior Department memo has proposed lifting restrictions on exploratory seismic studies in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a possible first step toward opening the pristine wilderness area to oil and gas drilling.

IUCN downlists snow leopard from "endangered" to "vulnerable" on global Red List, but still at high risk of extinction

The snow leopard is no longer an endangered species, but its population in the wild is still at risk because of poaching and habitat loss, conservationists said this week.

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