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Utah governor says he thinks Zinke may recommend Grand Staircase–Escalante NMon to be broken up

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument could get carved up into several smaller monuments, Governor Gary Herbert said.

At his monthly news conference on KUED, the governor said Wednesday he had spoken with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about shrinking the southern Utah national monument.

Indonesia: Rangers in Ujung Kulon NP spot what may be Javan tiger, a species thought extinct

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Park rangers in Indonesia may have spotted an animal thought to live only in folklore and history books: a Javan tiger, declared extinct more than 40 years ago.

USNPS proposes removing road through portion of Guilford Courthouse NMP

GREENSBORO — Old Battleground Road would end in a cul-de-sac at the edge of Guilford Courthouse National Military Park under a new proposal being broached by park officials.

DR Congo: Looking for solutions to stop deforestation for charcoal production in Virunga NP

On the wooded outskirts of Virunga National Park, a truck lumbers down a deeply rutted dirt road. The vehicle sags and sways precariously under the weight of its illegal cargo: enormous sacks of charcoal. In the eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, most charcoal is made from trees illicitly harvested from Virunga, Africa’s oldest national park.

USNPS sends rangers to St. John to assist in recovery of island, Virgin Islands NP

ST. JOHN — Diana Dunder has volunteered with the American Red Cross for 15 years, with more than 30 deployments following hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters.

But as she waited at the Red Hook ferry terminal on the East End of St. Thomas on Tuesday, Dunder said that from what’s she seen so far, Hurricane Irma “is one of the worst” she’s been deployed on.

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.

Ohio lawmakers push for Columbus site to designated as national veterans' museum and memorial

WASHINGTON – A museum and memorial under construction in downtown Columbus, Ohio, could become known officially as the national site for Americans to reflect on the experiences of veterans.

Aggressive grizzly killed by officials in Yellowstone NP; had several encounters with people

Yellowstone National Park biologists captured and killed an aggressive grizzly bear in the southern part of the park earlier this month.

A news release from the park that was sent this morning said biologists captured and killed the bear Sept. 8 near Heart Lake. It was a young male grizzly and it had been involved in several conflicts with humans, according to the release.

To combat wildfires, Zinke orders more aggressive approach to cutting down vegetation on public lands

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday directed all land managers and park superintendents to be more aggressive in cutting down small trees and underbrush to prevent wildfires as the smoke-choked West faces one of the worst fire seasons in a decade.

Indonesia: Under pressure from enviros, Samsung pulls out of venture with firm accused of rainforest destruction

Samsung will stay away from any joint venture with a Korean-Indonesian conglomerate, Korindo, amid an NGO campaign highlighting Korindo’s rainforest destruction for palm oil in Indonesia’s Tanah Papua region.

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