Conservation

Utah lawsuits to test president's power to shrink monuments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Native American tribes and environmental groups preparing for a legal battle to stop President Donald Trump from dismantling Utah's new national monument face a tougher challenge than anticipated.<p>Republican officials in the state who oppose Bears Ears National Monument asked …

Ryan Zinke

Yellowstone’s grizzlies are losing key protections. Will their comeback endure?

After over 40 years of protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), grizzly bears around Yellowstone Park will no longer receive federal …

Wildlife

Ryan Zinke calls for fewer barriers to development on public land

Removing bureaucratic obstacles to development on federal land can create jobs and offer hope to nearby communities, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke …

Ryan Zinke

Is Giant Sequoia National Monument Next on the Hit List?

By Jason Mark<p><i>Sequoiadendron giganteum.</i> That's the scientific name for the giant sequoia: the mammoth trees found in California's Sierra Nevada that …

National Parks

Opinion: Give the Feds What Fer Over Bears Ears

I live in Idaho, which hardly has a reputation as a “liberal” state. But we Idahoans know how to protect our natural resources for the long haul. We …

Outdoors

House Bill Axes Monument, Opens Public Lands To Logging

H.R. 2936 would remove federal protections from public lands, potentially clearing the way for logging interests, and rescind national monument …

Outdoors

Western governors back Endangered Species Act, with changes

The Republican-dominated Western Governors Association endorsed the aims of the Endangered Species Act on Wednesday but asked Congress to make …

Endangered Species

Kern supervisors — bombarded by emails and calls — drop monument proposal

Two fundamental visions for how to manage forests — specifically the Giant Sequoia National Monument — clashed around the Kern County Board of …

Bakersfield

EDF Commends Western Governors’ ESA Dialogue, But Urges Caution to Congress

(Washington, D.C. – June 28, 2017) The Western Governors’ Association (WGA) today released a policy resolution for improving the efficacy of the …

Endangered Species

America's Opioid Epidemic Is Destroying the Rainforest

Narco-deforestation has been a long recognized phenomenon, but a growing heroin market is adding extra strain.<p>The jungles in Guatemala's northern reaches are some of the most biodiverse forests north of the Amazon. They're one of the last remaining homes for jaguars, tapirs, and scarlet macaws. And …

Opioid Epidemic

European natural sites at risk despite protection

Fire threatens Spain's Doñana National Park - but this is only one of numerous pressures endangering natural reserves in Europe. Poor conservation …

National Parks

Who owns the Serengeti?

​​​​​​​ In the Serengeti National Park, animals and humans increasingly have to compete for scarce resources such as land and water. So who gets them …

Wildlife

In New Mexico, Trump's monument review stirs passions

SANTA FE, N.M. – Desert ranchers in New Mexico are hoping the new GOP administration in Washington will dramatically shrink a recently designated national monument in the south of the state where outlaw Billy the Kid and Apache leader Geronimo once sought refuge.<p>The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks …

New Mexico

Tanzania: Villages Near National Parks, Game Reserves to Be Surveyed

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The National Land Use Planning Commission (NLUPC) will survey land in villages that surround national parks and game …

Zoning

Trump’s review of marine monuments and sanctuaries is now open for your comments

The Trump administration’s effort to weaken environmental protections continued Monday as the Commerce Department solicited public comment for a review that could lead to the reduction in size of 11 marine sanctuaries and monuments.<p>Commerce quietly published a notice in the Federal Register as part …

Bears Ears National Monument

Polish protesters demand halt to logging in primeval forest

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds have marched in Warsaw to protest widespread logging in Europe's last primeval forest, a project undertaken taken by Poland's conservative government.<p>The ruling Law and Justice party has allowed increased logging in the Bialowieza Forest, a vast woodland that …

World News

Even ugly animals can win hearts and dollars to save them from extinction

Endangered animals with more "appeal" receive more donations than ugly species<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>The Earth is home to millions of species, but you wouldn’t know it from the media’s obsession with only a few dozen animals like tigers and gorillas.<p>This narrow …

Liberal POV

'Rewilding' Australia: not only do we need the outback, the outback needs us

Even in vast natural ecosystems, the fate and condition of nature lies in the hands of the people who live on, know, respect and manage that land<p>Only a small number of vast natural landscapes remain on Earth – wild regions where ecological processes function normally and movements of wildlife …

Australia

Majura Pines mountain biking volunteers lobby ACT government to save trails

The ACT government has revised plans for logging at Majura Pines.

Brisbane

Why Now Is the Ideal Time to Visit Protected Patagonia

Patagonia has become synonymous both with the breathtaking wilderness of Chile and Argentina and with the sportswear company that has profited from …

National Parks

Obama’s Last-Minute Land Grab Was Bad for Utah. Trump Is Showing He Hears the People.

During the Christmas season last year, the Obama administration ignored the majority of Utahans by designating a vast tract of land in southern Utah …

Conservative POV

Grizzly Bears Are Now the Victims of the Trump Administration’s Climate Denialism

A female grizzly bear exits Pelican Creek on Oct. 8, 2012, in Yellowstone National Park.Karen Bleier/AFP/GettyImages Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke …

Climate

Trudeau government proposes opening St. Lawrence marine protected area to oil exploration

The Liberal government is proposing to allow oil and gas exploration in a new marine protected area that it plans to establish where the Gulf of St. Lawrence meets the Atlantic Ocean.<p>Ottawa released an impact statement Friday on its Laurentian Channel protected area, a 11,619-square-kilometre …

Canada

How biologists are working to keep the Great Sand Dunes Tiger Beetle off the endangered species list

SAN LUIS VALLEY — Among exotic bugs facing mortal threats, few appear better set to survive than the Great Sand Dunes tiger beetle, an aggressive …

Colorado

Drivers of coral reef marine protected area performance

by Venetia Alexa Hargreaves-Allen, Susana Mourato, Eleanor Jane Milner-GullandCoral reefs are severely threatened and a principal strategy for their …

Oceans

Brookings Institution Takes On Biggest Charitable Tax Break Used By President Trump

The Brookings Institution, which according to wikipedia is described as liberal, conservative or centrist, depending on whom you ask, has taken on the issue of charitable contribution of conservation easements with the publication of a paper by Adam Looney. Easement contributions can garner …

Primeval forest must lose Unesco protection, says Poland

Environment minister Jan Szyszko has called for Białowieża to lose its heritage status, saying it was granted ‘illegally’<p>Poland’s environment minister, Jan Szyszko, whom green activists have criticised for allowing large-scale logging in the ancient Białowieża forest, has called for the woodland to …

Environment

The case for protecting half the Earth in its natural condition

E.O. Wilson wants to finish what Carl Linnaeus started 300 years ago: cataloguing and naming all of Earth's species.<p>But we're only 20% of the way …

Ecology

The world needs wildlife tourism. But that won't work without wildlife

Habitat loss, pollution, climate change, over-exploitation and poaching are all threatening a lifeline for local communities<p>Wildlife-based tourism is growing rapidly worldwide as the number of tourists continues to grow and as we, as travellers, seek out new and more enriching personal experiences …

Wildlife

Social Goods | Patagonia's Bid to Protect Public Lands, the Legality of Cultural Appropriation

This week, Patagonia's CEO plans to sue the White House to protect 500 million acres of land, while the UN discusses the legal consequences of aesthetic 'borrowing' from indigenous cultures.<p><b>Patagonia’s CEO is Ready to Lead the Corporate Resistance to Donald Trump</b> <i>(Huffington Post)</i><br>"Patagonia has …

Cultural Appropriation