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Arizona makes progress on Colorado River drought plan

Lake Mead may be unable to deliver all allocated water by 2020

Arizona says it's one step closer to figuring out how to divvy up water cuts as the supply from the Colorado River becomes more limited.

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As deadline looms, lawmakers push to save popular public lands fund

Everybody in Washington seems to agree that the Land and Water Conservation Fund should be renewed, but chances of that happening still appear slim as the clock winds down on this Congress.

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US to study on mining pollution in Lake Powell

Study will provide information on how mining affects the lake and its fish population

Utah and U.S. government officials will launch a study this month to determine the extent of mining pollution in Lake Powell on the Utah-Arizona border.

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Three young Mexican gray wolf sisters arrive at Heritage Park Zoo

On a small plot of rugged chaparral overlooking Willow Creek Road and Heritage Park Road, three recent California transplants are acclimating to their new home in Prescott.

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Arizona man gets probation for Mexican gray wolf killing

Mexican wolf escapes from Colorado wildlife center

An Arizona man has pleaded guilty to shooting and killing an endangered Mexican gray wolf.

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Grand Canyon Youth receives funding for habitat restoration program

Flagstaff-based nonprofit Grand Canyon Youth (GCY) will engage Native American youth in restoring riparian habitats within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area thanks to a major grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Wells Fargo.

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Tiny footprints, big discovery: 28 small reptile tracks oldest ever found in Grand Canyon

Hundreds of hikers each day pass by the fallen boulder along the Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon National Park.

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Game and Fish reminds hunters to use lead-free ammunition

Arizona hunters have proven their long-held commitment to wildlife conservation by voluntarily working to reduce the amount of lead exposure to endangered California condors, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is encouraging all hunters to join the effort this fall.

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UA Researchers: Western fires set to increase because of climate change

Arizona is no stranger to gigantic wildfires, such as the Wallow Fire in 2011, which burned more than half a million acres and destroyed dozens of buildings.

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Archaeologists say state parks department destroyed antiquity sites

Criminal investigation opened; governor suspends Director Sue Black

After two former state archaeologists accused the State Parks and Trails Department of deliberately destroying Native American Antiquity sites to build cabins for profit, Director Sue Black has been suspended and a criminal investigation has been opened.

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Out of the geyser: Yellowstone’s Ear Spring Geyser ejects decades of trash

Yellowstone National Park’s Ear Spring geyser erupted Sept. 15, spewing hot water, rocks and an assortment of historic and modern garbage passersby either deliberately tossed in or accidentally dropped.

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Part III of Fostering a fire-adapted forest: In fire's aftermath, a renewal

It’s a strange concept – too many trees in a forest, especially a national forest or wilderness area that is managed to be healthy and vibrant and full of birds, wildlife and all the things a visitor might expect.

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Appeals Court gives tribe, environmentalists new chance to fight Canyon uranium mine

A federal appeals court said Oct. 25 that the Havasupai tribe and environmental advocates can challenge an existing uranium mine on land near the Grand Canyon where mining was recently banned.

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North Rim flips from fall to winter in a weekend

Winter came early to the North Kaibab Ranger District, muting its vibrant fall colors with a dusting of snow in early October.

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Part II of Fostering a fire-adapted forest: Erosion control crucial for healthy forests

That debris flow is just one of the most dangerous aspects of flash floods caused by flame-scorched ground.

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Forest Service proposes forest restoration project across North Kaibab Ranger District

The Kaibab National Forest is seeking public input and comments on a proposed project to reduce the threat of uncharacteristic, high-intensity wildfire and to restore the structure, species composition and function of ecosystems on the Kaibab Plateau.

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Part I of Fostering a fire-adapted forest: What happens after a fire?

As wildfires tear through acres and acres of forest, onlookers are often horrified when they see the charred remains of a once-lush landscape.

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Potential buyer for Navajo Generating Station pulls out, plant closure likely

The investment firm that was interested in buying the Navajo Generating Station broke off its pursuit , making the closure of the plant next year and the loss of hundreds of jobs appear more likely.

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Grand Canyon National Park to celebrate National Fossil Day Oct. 17

Grand Canyon National Park invites the public to celebrate National Fossil Day Oct. 17.

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Congress seeks species law changes after grizzly hunt barred

A court ruling Sept. 24 in Montana restored protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park, putting on hold grizzly hunts that had been planned in Wyoming and Idaho.

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Arizona officials look to reach Colorado River drought deal

Progress is being made in talks toward a set of agreements for cities, farmers and tribes to share in Colorado River water cutbacks, according to Arizona water officials.

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High Court denies review of Grand Canyon-area mining ban

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a ban on the filing of new mining claims around the Grand Canyon but environmentalists said they are keeping a close eye on actions by the Trump administration they fear could lead to a reversal of the ban.

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National Academies of Science review: Is the Mexican wolf just another wolf?

The long-running fight over the Mexican gray wolf moved from southeast Arizona to a paneled Washington conference room this week, where scientists will try to answer the question that could determine the animal’s fate.

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Once imperiled, condors now soar free over Vermilion Cliffs

In a remote area of northeastern Arizona, far from the crowds gathering to celebrate National Public Lands Day Sept. 22, another celebration was taking place. A California condor opened its wings and soared high above Vermilion Cliffs.

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Grijalva, Bishop craft surprise deal to save fund for public lands

A House committee unanimously approved a surprise, bipartisan plan to save a popular land conservation fund Sept. 13, just weeks before it was set to expire.

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