Parks

This Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 photo from video provided by Chris Bruetsch shows five California mountain lions seen together on home surveillance video at Breutsch's home in Pioneer, Calif. The rare gathering of the notoriously solitary big cats was recorded in the home surveillance video at the rural residence in the edge of the El Dorado National Forest east of Sacramento. A California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman called the images "extraordinary." (Chris Bruetsch via AP)
January 15, 2020 - 4:37 pm
JACKSON, Calif. (AP) — Five California mountain lions were seen together on home surveillance video in a rare gathering of the notoriously solitary big cats. The footage was recorded at a rural residence at the edge of the El Dorado National Forest east of Sacramento, KTXL-TV reported Wednesday. “...
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This Jan. 12, 2020 photo provided by Galapagos National Park shows La Cubre Volcano erupting on Fernandina Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. The volcano last erupted in mid-2018 on the island that is home to a number of species, including iguanas, penguins, flightless cormorants and rats. (Galapagos National Park via AP)
January 13, 2020 - 12:45 pm
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A volcano on an uninhabited island in the Galapagos has begun erupting, spilling lava down its sides toward the sea. Ecuador's Galapagos National Park said the La Cumbre volcano on Fernandina island began erupting Sunday night. The 1,476-meter (4,842-foot) volcano last erupted...
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FILE - This undated file photo released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows deep-sea spiral coral during a dive on the New England Seamount chain in the North Atlantic Ocean. A federal appeals court on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, upheld former President Barack Obama's designation of the federally protected conservation area in the Atlantic, a move that commercial fishermen oppose. (NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research via AP, File)
December 27, 2019 - 1:34 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld former President Barack Obama's designation of a federally protected conservation area in the Atlantic Ocean, a move that commercial fishermen oppose. Fishing groups sued over the creation of Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine...
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FILE - This March 19, 2011 file photo shows the shifting dunes of White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo, N.M. President Donald Trump's signature on defense legislation enacted by Congress means White Sands National Monument in southern New Mexico is now White Sands National Park. White Sands became the 62nd designated national park Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 with Trump's signing of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which included a provision on the re-designation, park officials said Saturday in a statement. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, file)
December 21, 2019 - 12:39 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Donald Trump's signature on defense legislation enacted by Congress means White Sands National Monument in southern New Mexico is now White Sands National Park. White Sands became the 62nd designated national park Friday with Trump's signing of the National...
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December 19, 2019 - 12:26 pm
A imperiled bird has slowed Kanye West's plans to construct a building on his ranch in Wyoming. West seeks to build a large “meditation structure” on his ranch in the Cody area about 50 miles east of Yellowstone National Park. Local officials recently denied the project after West made a last-...
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FILE - This Sept. 15, 2015, file photo, shows Zion National Park near Springdale, Utah. A Utah farming family has reached an agreement with land officials allowing permanent access to a portion of private land along a trail bordering Zion National Park. The Salt Lake Tribune reported Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, that the Bulloch family owns about a mile stretch of the 16-miles Zion Narrows Trail that starts outside the park, passes through private property and continues to Zion Canyon. The Trust for Public Land orchestrated the $1.5 million deal with the family that shields the land from development and guarantees permanent access to the trail. Officials say the family has allowed hikers to pass through their property but posted for sale signs last year. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
December 18, 2019 - 12:25 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah farming family has reached an agreement with land officials allowing permanent access to a portion of private land along a trail bordering Zion National Park. The Salt Lake Tribune reported Tuesday that the Bulloch family owns about 1.5 square miles (4 square kilometers...
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This Sept. 19, 2018 photo shows the last standing building above the Yellow Pine Pit open-pit gold mine in the Stibnite Mining District in central Idaho, where a company hopes to start mining again. Documents show the Trump administration intervening in a U.S. Forest Service decision so that a Canadian company could write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho. (Riley Bunch/Idaho Press-Tribune via AP)
December 13, 2019 - 6:39 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Documents show the U.S. Forest Service allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho after the Trump administration became involved. The documents obtained by conservation group Earthworks show British...
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In this Nov. 25, 2019 photo, highway BR-163 stretches between the Tapajos National Forest, left, and a soy field in Belterra, Para state, Brazil. Carved through jungle during Brazil’s military dictatorship in the 1970s, this highway and BR-230, known as the Trans-Amazon, were built to bend nature to man’s will in the vast hinterland. Four decades later, there’s development taking shape, but also worsening deforestation. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
December 12, 2019 - 9:51 pm
TRAIRAO, Brazil (AP) — Night falls in Brazil’s Amazon and two logging trucks without license plates emerge from the jungle. They rumble over dirt roads that lead away from a national forest, carrying trunks of trees hundreds of years old. After pulling onto a darkened highway, the truckers chug to...
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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019 photo file, shows the gypsum sand dunes at White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo, N.M. The New Mexico group Cowboys for Trump is facing criticism after a member bragged the group brought iconic gypsum sands from the White Sands National Monument to Washington for a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2019, in a possible violation of federal law. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)
December 06, 2019 - 2:46 pm
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico group Cowboys for Trump faces criticism after members brought iconic gypsum sands from White Sands National Monument to Washington for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony — a possible violation of federal law. Otero County Commission Chairman and...
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This undated image provided by the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico shows a sandal (Catalogue No. 2009.46.1) excavated decades ago from the Guadalupe Mountains. Researchers will be taking a new look at numerous perishable artifacts that include sandals and baskets to learn more about the people who once inhabited the region. (Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, The University of New Mexico via AP)
December 02, 2019 - 6:10 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sandals and baskets that have withstood the ravages of time will be among the perishable artifacts analyzed by a team of scientists looking to learn more about a corner of the southwestern United States that was first excavated decades ago. Depending on what they uncover,...
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