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Bureau of Land Management seeks public input in planning process for Grand Staircase-Escalante region

On Dec. 4, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Proclamation 9682 modifying the boundary of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of important objects of historic and scientific interest.

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NPS could raise water restrictions at Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park remains in Level 2 water conservation measures because of water delivery system issues and may implement further restrictions next week.

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Love ’em or hate ’em, we have to live with coyotes

Live in this part of the world long enough, people are going to have some sort of run in with Canis latrans, or coyote. They’re an everyday sighting in northwestern Arizona, but there’s no way of knowing just how many roam the local desert.

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NWS predicts cool, dry Christmas for Grand Canyon

A blanket of crisp, white snow covered canyon country on Christmas morning last year, but the National Weather Service is predicting a cold, but snow-less, holiday in 2017.

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Burns continue on North Rim

Fire managers will take advantage of continued warm, dry weather conditions over the next several weeks and may initiate additional prescribed fires on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

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Feds release final revisions to Mexican wolf recovery plan, detail species' road to recovery

Environmental groups call planning process 'dishonest,' say the science is flawed

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has completed a revision to the Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan.

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Lead poisoning complicates Southwest California condor reintroduction program reviewed

A review of the 2012-2016 period of the California condor reintroduction program in northern Arizona and southern Utah is complete.

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NPS seeking public comments on non- native fish controls at Glen Canyon Dam

NPS is seeking public input on an Expanded Non-native Aquatic Species Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) during the 30-day comment period Nov. 15 - Dec. 14.

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Forest bill aimed at cutting wildfires called ‘giveaway’ to loggers

A divided House Nov. 1 approved a bill that supporters said would boost wildfire prevention efforts, in part by excluding forests from environmental requirements.

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Grand Canyon National Park initiates thinning operation along Highway 64

Contractors working with Grand Canyon National Park fire managers are conducting a forest-thinning project along South Entrance Road to help maintain a safe and clear evacuation route from Grand Canyon Village.

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Kaibab National Forest goes batty for International Bat Week

Forest Service aims to educate public about critical role bats play in insect control, crop protection and healthy forests

What is small, fuzzy and can eat up to 8,000 insects per night? Bats. And according to Kaibab National Forest biologist Justin Schofer, they are a critical component for crop protection and healthy forests.

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Losing Lake Powell’s invasion battle, but trying to win the war

Quagga mussels can disrupt dam flow, remove nutrients and oxygen

Ecologist Mark Anderson still sometimes tears up thinking about March 3, 2013, when an adult quagga mussel was discovered — the definitive sign of a possible aquatic apocalypse — clinging to a boat hauled from the waters of Lake Powell.

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House advances bill to limit president’s creation of national monuments

A House committee gave preliminary approval to a Republican bill that would sharply curtail the Antiquities Act, which allows presidents to order the creation of national monuments.

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Few details after deadline for coal plant ownership passes

A coal mining company looking to save the Arizona power plant it feeds from closure says it’s making progress in the search for new owners. But few details came with a deadline Oct. 1 to identify potential buyers for the Navajo Generating Station near Page.

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Prescribed burns on North and South rims scheduled

Fire managers on the south zone of the Kaibab National Forest completed plans for the 2017 fall and 2018 spring prescribed fire burning seasons and have already begun working in many listed for treatment.

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AZGFD study clarifies historical range of Mexican wolf

Evidence points to southern parts of Arizona and New Mexico, 90 percent of Mexico

A recent peer-reviewed scientific paper reaffirmed the historical range of the endangered Mexican wolf as being southeastern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico and the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico.

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Environmentalists, ranchers trade barbs in killing of Mexican gray wolf

Environmentalists and livestock owners are pointing fingers after government agents killed an endangered Mexican gray wolf last month for preying on cattle, the first wolf killed for depredation in 10 years.

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Grand Canyon Bison Management Act approved by House committee

Bipartisan legislation would allow private hunters to harvest the entire animal

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee recently approved a bipartisan bill that will allow the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) to better manage and conserve the bison population within Grand Canyon National Park, according to the agency.

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North Rim bison herd to be culled near Grand Canyon National Park

Lethal, non-lethal methods to be used to drop herd numbers below 200

The National Park Service (NPS) will work with cooperating agencies and partners to reduce the size of the bison herd on the north rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

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AZGFD, regional business leaders address Mexican wolf recovery plan

Agency says plan builds on best available science, local business owners say more wolves mean more revenue

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) submitted its official comments on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) draft Mexican wolf recovery plan Aug. 29.

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Astronomers Without Borders collecting eclipse glasses

Now that the “Great American Eclipse” has come and gone, what will be done with thousands of pairs of eclipse glasses and viewers?

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Guest Column: AZGFD supports wolf recovery based on best science

It’s been a long hard struggle to recover the Mexican wolf in Arizona, and we are seeing great progress.

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Sun takes center stage at Grand Canyon

Interior Department, NASA offer tips on safely viewing, photographing 'great American eclipse'

When the moon passes in front of the sun on the morning of Aug. 21, it will be the first time a total solar eclipse has passed across the entire length of the United States since 1918.

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Passed: Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument to remain unchanged after federal review

Following an uncertain future after President Trump’s executive order calling for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review 27 national monuments designated since 1996, Zinke confirmed Aug. 4 Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument will remain unchanged.

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1.4 million weigh in on administration’s review of national monuments

An Interior Department plan to review recently designated national monuments has drawn more than 1.4 million public comments, a phenomenal number that one advocate said he had not seen in 25 years of environmental activism.