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Environmental groups say a tiny desert owl that makes its nest inside cavities of Arizona’s saguaro cactus has a new chance for federal protection.

By Associated Press November 19, 2019
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Special Agents of the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch (ISB) are seeking help from the public to recover a stolen artifact from John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California.

November 19, 2019
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Report: 16 Arizona dams rated high-hazard and in poor shape
Dam near Fredonia is one of multiple dams in disrepair

An earthen dam that lies directly upstream from Fredonia, just south of the Utah border, has long been classified as unsafe — repairs constantly delayed by lack of money.

By Felicia Fonseca/Associated Press November 19, 2019
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An investigation that began in 2017 has concluded with the conviction and sentencing of two people who conducted an illegal excavation within Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

November 15, 2019
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On Nov. 16, the public is invited to an all-day event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the park.

November 13, 2019
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The Pentagon has diverted $6.1 billion to pay for construction since Trump declared a national emergency on the border in February.

By By Elliot Spagat, Associated Press November 13, 2019
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In honor of Veterans Day, Sequoia National Park, the Colonel Charles Young Foundation and the Sequoia Parks Conservancy dedicated a portion of State Highway 198 from Salt Creek Road to the Sequoia National Park Entrance as Colonel Charles Young Memorial Highway through state legislation, with new signs in the process of being installed.

November 12, 2019
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The Thomas Jefferson Memorial joins the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and other treasured American icons cared for by the National Park Service that will be enhanced by the generosity of businessman and patriotic philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.

November 12, 2019
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Point Reyes National Seashore has completed a thirteen-month rehabilitation project at the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse and reopened the site to visitors Nov. 8.

November 12, 2019
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The National Park Service (NPS) announced the appointment of Michael Reynolds to be the new NPS regional director of the Department of the Interior Lower Colorado Basin, Upper Colorado Basin, and Arkansas-Rio Grande-Texas-Gulf regions.

November 12, 2019
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With snow ready to fall, the scramble was on to collect as many ponderosa pine cones as possible. A crew outfitted with spurs, ropes and hard hats scaled hefty tree trunks and used long clippers to snip branches loaded with the prickly orbs.

By Susan Montoya Bryan/Associated Press November 5, 2019
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The western Joshua tree needs protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the Center for Biological Diversity said in a petition Oct. 22 to the state’s Fish and Game Commission.

By Associated Press November 5, 2019
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Ten adult female bison were fitted with tracking collars as part of Wind Cave National Park’s recent bison capture and processing operation.

November 5, 2019
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The House voted 236-185 Oct. 30 to permanently ban uranium mining on just over 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon, on a largely party line vote in which each side accused the other of fear-mongering.

By Kailey Broussard/Cronkite News November 5, 2019
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Supporting restoration on the North Kaibab
Hopi Ancestral Lands Crew partners with Forest Service to protect riparian habitat and natural waters on the North Kaibab District

Kaibab National Forest and a Hopi Ancestral Lands Crew, along with personnel from Grand Canyon Trust and the Springs Stewardship Institute are working to protect riparian habitat and natural waters on the North Kaibab Ranger District of Kaibab National Forest.

November 5, 2019
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Walls of stacked stone jut up from the canyon floor, some perfectly aligned with the seasonal movements of the sun and moon.

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press October 30, 2019
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A Yellowstone National Park visitor has been hospitalized with severe burns and could face charges after falling into a thermal pool at Old Faithful Geyser, park officials said Sept. 30.

By Associated Press October 29, 2019
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ATV access to national parks in Utah withdrawn
Directive meant to take effect Nov. 1 canceled after further review

With a three-paragraph statement late Oct. 25 the National Park Service announced without elaboration that it was withdrawing a previous order that national park units in Utah beginning November 1 open their dirt and paved roads to ATV vehicles that were registered and licensed for road travel in the state.

By Kurt Repanshek/National Parks Traveler October 29, 2019
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Grand Canyon National Park documented the fifth wild hatched California condor chick in the Southwestern wild population Oct. 10, making it an annual record number of chicks, or nestlings, within the region.

October 29, 2019
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A House committee gave preliminary approval Oct. 23 to an overhaul of a 147-year-old federal mining law that supporters called “antiquated,” while opponents called the update a “point-blank” blow to the mining industry.

By Kailey Broussard/Cronkite News October 29, 2019
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Utah officials in a large tourist community have asked the National Park Service to reconsider allowing all-terrain vehicles and other off-road vehicles inside the parks.

By Associated Press October 22, 2019
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A total of 28 adult California red-legged frogs (Rana draytonii) were discovered in the four translocation sites that were set up by National Park Service biologists in 2014 in an effort to re-introduce the threatened species back into the Santa Monica Mountains.

October 22, 2019
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It was 20 years ago on Oct. 21, 1999, that then-President Bill Clinton signed an act, sponsored by Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Congressman Scott McGinnis, enlarging Black Canyon National Monument and establishing it as a national park.

October 22, 2019
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The U.S. National Park Service says a wild horse on Maryland’s Assateague Island has died after being hit by an employee driving a park vehicle.

October 22, 2019
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Dozens of environmental groups and scientists have asked U.S. wildlife managers to rethink how they plan to ensure the survival of Mexican Gray Wolves in the Southwest.

By Susan Montoya Bryan/Associated Press October 22, 2019

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