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In 2019, visitation to Yellowstone National Park was at the lowest level it has been since 2014.

January 21, 2020
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Yosemite National Park is investigating about 170 reports of gastrointestinal illnesses and has confirmed two cases of norovirus, officials said Jan. 16.

By Associated Press January 21, 2020
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Last February, four dead horses were found inside the Heber Wild Horse Territory. That brought the total to 16 dead horses found since October 2018.

By Associated Press January 14, 2020
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Storms bring relief and danger to Australian wildfires
Southeastern Australian fire crisis destroys 2,000 homes, shrouds major cities in smoke

Around 2,300 firefighters in New South Wales state were making the most of relatively benign conditions by frantically consolidating containment lines around more than 110 blazes and patrolling for lightning strikes.

By Rod McGuirk, Associated Press January 8, 2020
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They may have turned out the lights, but the party’s not over at the Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona and its affiliated Kayenta coal mine.

By Harrison Mantas, Cronkite News January 6, 2020
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A longtime water conservation advocate says Arizona and the other Lower Colorado River Basin states need to cut their water use more and faster.

By Associated Press January 6, 2020
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America generates almost 38 million tons of plastic waste every year, ranking second only to China.

By By Jorden Elder & Kennedy Wilkerson, Cronkite News January 6, 2020
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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is implementing a voluntary closure of the Descending Sheep Petroglyph Panel and its immediate surrounding area on the Colorado River during the months of January and February.

December 30, 2019
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Grand Canyon bird counters tally 48 species
Annual bird count continues into January

On Dec. 15, more than 20 people ventured out into wind, snow and freezing temperatures to participate in the Grand Canyon Christmas bird count.

December 30, 2019
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A Phoenix company wants to build two massive hydroelectric projects on the Little Colorado River, a main tributary of the Colorado River, which carves the Grand Canyon. Environmentalists and Native Americans say the projects threaten life within the Canyon and would defile sacred land.

By James Carr/Cronkite News December 30, 2019
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Wildlife managers are investigating the death of an endangered Mexican gray wolf found last month in New Mexico.

By Associated Press December 23, 2019
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Scientists say gray wolves relocated to Isle Royale National Park are adjusting nicely to their new surroundings and finding plenty of prey.

December 17, 2019
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A national monument in southern New Mexico is one step closer to being re-designated as a national park.

December 17, 2019
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Three female veterans of the Armed Services joined the National Park Service (NPS) for a week conducting shipwreck surveys at Channel Islands National Park Nov. 22.

December 17, 2019
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Montezuma Castle, located near Camp Verde, Arizona, recently celebrated 113 years a national monument.

December 10, 2019
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The United States is sending 21 wildland fire personnel from the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service to assist with ongoing wildfire suppression efforts in Australia.

December 10, 2019
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Lance Mattson has been selected as the new Chief Ranger for Visitor and Resource Protection at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

December 10, 2019
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By next fall, the U.S. will be the only country to have left the Paris Agreement — an international accord signed by nearly 200 countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a bid to slow climate change.

By Chelsea Hofmann/Cronkite News December 10, 2019
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Agencies break ground for new Arizona Heritage Trail along Colorado River
Multi-use trail to follow Lake Meade Recreation Area and connect to Nevada heritage trail

The future of recreation was celebrated in Mohave County, Arizona, Nov. 22 as multiple city, county and federal agencies gathered to break ground for the Arizona Heritage Trail along the Colorado River.

December 10, 2019
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Authorities say a man and woman who died last week while hiking in a popular area of Arches National Park in Utah were a couple from California.

By Associated Press December 5, 2019
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A proposal to build an RV park, hotel and gas station near the northwest entrance to Zion National Park has been rejected by county commissioners who said the rural area wasn’t equipped to handle that kind of commercial development.

By Associated Press December 5, 2019
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National Park Service biologists have questions about desert bighorn sheep in Death Valley National Park.

December 3, 2019
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The National Park Service is celebrating with an Old West Christmas at Lees Ferry Dec. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. and is inviting the public to join the festivities.

December 3, 2019
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Native American tribes, environmentalists, state and federal agencies, river rafters and others say they have significant concerns about proposals to dam a Colorado River tributary in northern Arizona for hydropower. P

By Associated Press December 3, 2019
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The second annual Glen Canyon Christmas Bird Count for Kids will be held Dec. 14 at the Lees Ferry Boat Launch Ramp from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. MST.

December 3, 2019

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