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Ten X Campground expansion builds for the future

Proposed expansion to be completed in phases

Sitting back from State Route 64 just south of Tusayan, Ten X campground offers visitors eager to experience Grand Canyon National Park a placid alternative to the park’s camping accommodations.

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Cattle kills prompt removal of two Mexican gray wolves on Gila National Forest

Two endangered Mexican wolves have been removed from the wild and are undergoing testing to determine if they're behind a string of livestock deaths in southwestern New Mexico, marking the latest wrinkle in the strained effort to return the predators to the American Southwest.

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Xanterra continues sustainable initiatives at Grand Canyon

As Grand Canyon National Park focuses on sustainability in its centennial year, park concessioners have stepped up their environmental game to support the park’s iconic natural resources.

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Trump administration proposes lifting protections for gray wolves across 48 states

Recovery reconsidered?

U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, re-igniting the legal battle over a predator that’s running into conflicts with farmers and ranchers as its numbers rebound in some regions.

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Wind Cave hits 150 miles of known passages

Cave explorers from Colorado recently surveyed 594 feet in Wind Cave National Park, bringing the total length of surveyed passages to 150 miles.

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Radiation exposure in Grand Canyon under investigation

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.

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Permanent ban on uranium mining near Grand Canyon in the works

Calling a measure to permanently ban uranium mining near the Grand Canyon just and overdue, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D – Tucson) stood before a full house Feb. 23 at Grand Canyon to announce the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act.

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Extended North Rim season could pump $14.2 million into regional economy

Season of change?

According to a recently-released report, communities surrounding the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park could see an economic impact of about $14 million per year to the region if the national park extends its open season by four weeks.

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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.