Bears Ears critics say Zinke told them he'll recommend repeal
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told local Utah officials earlier this month that he will recommend rescinding Bears Ears National Monument and vowed to review public lands management more broadly, according to San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman.
Groups sue to keep trails, visitor center off Rocky Flats
A coalition of Colorado-based organizations filed a lawsuit yesterday seeking to block the construction of trails and a visitor center at the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, asserting the Fish and Wildlife Service has failed to prove the onetime Superfund site is safe for public use.
Visitors spent $18B last year — report
Visitors to National Park Service sites generated more than $18 billion in spending in 2016 — with nearly 10 percent of that attributable to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway — according to data published by the nonpartisan research group Headwaters Economics.
Greens claim 93 imperiled species could be harmed
The construction of a continuous 2,000-mile wall along the United States' southern border with Mexico could lead to the extinction of several species including the jaguar, ocelot and the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl, according to a new analysis released today by the Center for Biological Diversity.
Wash. state AG threatens lawsuit if Trump alters sites
The top law enforcement officials in a pair of Western states this week challenged the notion that President Trump can unilaterally roll back the status of national monuments, warning Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to stay "within the bounds of the law" as he conducts a formal assessment of 27 of those sites.