Parkwire, The GWS Daily Digest of Global Protected Area News

Enviros to file administrative challenge to planned USBLM O&G leases near Dinosaur NMon

SALT LAKE CITY - Conservation groups say they'll challenge the Bureau of Land Management's plan to offer 75 leases for oil and gas development on some 100,000 acres of publicly owned land near Dinosaur National Monument and in the San Rafael Swell.

Judge blocks Dallas from removing Lee statue pending hearing

The City of Dallas voted Wednesday to immediately remove a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public park, but the work was abruptly stopped by a federal judge.

South Africa: Western Cape Region in line to get 7 more MPAs

Cape Town - The Western Cape stands to get seven more Marine Protected Areas that will enhance biodiversity, fisheries management, tourism and research in the region.

Loss of Sperry Chalet in Glacier NP mourned as wildfires proliferate throughout West

Wildfires burning in the Western U.S. are threatening some of America's most treasured national parks – and in some areas, the damage has already been done.

Last week in Montana, a 20-square-mile blaze burned the historic Sperry Chalet, a hotel and dining room built in 1914 and only reachable by trail.

India, Nepal PAs join to rescue rhinos swept away by floods

The devastating monsoons hitting South Asia this year haven’t just affected the region’s human populations. At least 15 greater one-horned rhinoceroses (Rhinoceros unicornis) have been swept across the Indo-Nepal border from Nepal’s Chitwan National Park to the adjoining Valmiki Tiger Reserve in the Indian state of Bihar, a distance of some 100 kilometers (62 miles) by water.

When managers at Channel Islands NP want to get rid of invasive ants, they call this dog

Scientists assessing long-term efforts to eradicate invasive ants on the Channel Islands off the Southern California coast have enlisted a four-legged expert to make sure a project to kill off the destructive pests has succeeded.

Wildfire races through Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, leaving destruction in its wake

(Reuters) - A wildfire outside Portland, Oregon, forced hundreds of local residents to evacuate on Tuesday as it ravaged the picturesque Columbia River Gorge and sent burning embers raining on communities miles away.

Long-needed new elevators coming to Washington Monument in 2019

The Washington Monument’s elevator will undergo a major modernization effort and the attraction will get a new, permanent area for safety checks and visitor screenings as part of a nearly $10.8 million project.

Canada: Waterton Lakes NP evacuated because of wildfire

Parks Canada has issued an evacuation alert for all areas in Waterton Lakes National Park.

A wildfire that started west of Waterton in the Flathead Valley is burning out of control. It's grown to over 11,100 acres and has burned into the northwest corner of Waterton near Sage Pass.

Feature: The rebirth of the Elwha River in Olympic NP

The Elwha River starts at Dodwell-Rixon Pass, a high crack in Washington’s Olympic Mountains. There, a hiker who crossed would find the Elwha Snowfinger, formed by heavy winter storms and the avalanches that pour off the surrounding mountainsides. Wedged into a steep-walled gully, it forms the upper reaches of the Elwha basin.

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