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Environmentalists want Arizona squirrels’ habitat expanded

Arizona environmentalists say they have filed a notice of intent to sue and compel the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand critical habitat for Arizona’s highly endangered Mount Graham red squirrel.

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Grand Canyon National Park investigating possible radiation exposure by tourists, employees

The National Park Service is conducting an investigation into whether employees and visitors at Grand Canyon National Park were exposed to unsafe levels of radiation after an employee raised the alarm Feb. 11.

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Tusayan Trails master plan on target, will begin NEPA process this spring

Forest Service environmental studies projected to begin in late summer

After listening to key input from local residents and stakeholders, the Tusayan trail master plan is on-schedule and moving forward, with Phase two scheduled to begin later this year.

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Senate OKS open-space bill, reviving popular Land and Water Conservation Fund

After months of gridlock, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that permanently authorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program that has sent almost $240 million to Arizona for parks and open space projects.

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Flight operations begin Feb. 7 for annual Mexican wolf survey

Residents of Alpine, Arizona, Reserve, New Mexico and surrounding areas may notice a low-flying helicopter in the region between Feb. 7 and Feb. 20 as biologists conduct their annual Mexican wolf population survey and capture.

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Delaware North takes charge: Yavapai Lodge adds charging stations for electric vehicles

Environmentally conscious options abound at Grand Canyon National Park, and drivers of electric vehicles can now find charging options at Yavapai Lodge.

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Bureau of Reclamation: two states must finish Colorado River drought plan

Two states in the U.S. West have work to do on a plan to combat the shrinking supply of Colorado River water that 40 million people depend on but that's threatened by a prolonged drought, a federal official said Feb. 1.

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Seal takeovers, downed trees: Parks clean up post-shutdown

National park visitors cut new trails in sensitive soil.

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2018 was 4th warmest year on planet Earth

While Earth was a tad cooler last year than the last couple of years, it still was the fourth warmest on record, a new analysis shows.

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AZGFD grant program aims to deter Mexican wolf, cattle conflicts

The Arizona Livestock Loss Board is now allowing ranchers to seek grant funding to assist in employing measures designed to prevent conflicts between cattle and Mexican wolves.

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Beetles vs. Birds: What happens when fighting nature backfires?

Fighting nature with nature seems like a good idea — unless nature doesn’t care about geography.

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Grand Canyon park enlists Native American input as it marks 100 years

For several Native American tribes, the Grand Canyon is their home.

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Coppery-red super blood moon visible Jan. 20

While last year’s solar eclipse may have stolen the show in terms of exciting astronomical events, January’s super wolf blood moon promises to be spectacular in its own right.

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Gray wolf arrives at New Mexico zoo for recovery program

Albuquerque’s zoo has received another Mexican gray wolf as part of an international recovery effort that includes breeding the endangered animals in captivity to ensure their genetic viability.

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Record number of endangered wolves found dead in 2018

Wildlife managers have confirmed that a record number of Mexican gray wolves have been reported dead this year, fueling concerns about the decades-long effort to return the endangered predator to the American Southwest.

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Coyotes spotted more frequently in daytime as cooler weather settles in

As Lake Havasu City enters its cooler months, coyote sightings could become more common during daylight hours.

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Forest Service revokes grazing permit for wolf killing

More than any other public lands, national forests often serve as the backdrop for conflicts between residents — native wildlife and the people who live on and work the lands.

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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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