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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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Bat tests positive for rabies in Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park officials recently received confirmation that a bat collected at Phantom Ranch on Aug. 31, 2018 tested positive for rabies.

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Drought, wildfires take toll on Colorado river-rafting industry

Colorado is called “the mother of rivers” for a reason: It has thousands of miles of waterways.

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Study: Mexican wolves outside historical range threatens recovery

The latest international research study on Mexican wolves says that encouraging recovery of the endangered subspecies north of its outlined historical range would be detrimental to preserving the wolf’s unique characteristics.

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Havasupai campground reopens; Humane Society offering aid for animals

Lodging and tourism facilities will reopen on the Havasupai Reservation more than a month after a catastrophic flash flood tore through the campground.

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National Park Service to allow more off-road vehicle activity at Glen Canyon Recreation Area

The National Park Service (NPS) will move forward with plans to increase access and recreational opportunities within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area by approving a Record of Decision (ROD) for the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on managing off-road vehicle (ORV) use throughout the NPS unit.

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Vital US reservoir OK for now, but shortage looms

A vital reservoir on the Colorado River will be able to meet the demands of Mexico and the Southwest for the next 13 months, but a looming shortage could trigger cutbacks as soon as the end of 2019, officials said Aug. 15.

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Wildlife biologists to begin gathering GPS data for elk at Grand Canyon National Park

Wildlife biologists will be putting GPS collars on ten adult elk between late August and October of this year to gather movement data of the elk at Grand Canyon National Park.

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National Park Service nixes rafting proposal after backlash over franchise fees

The National Park Service has canceled a contract proposal to run commercial river trips in the Grand Canyon after backlash over higher franchise fees.