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Documents: Mining company writing own environmental report

Dec. 13, 2019 6:40 PM EST

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...

Ice storm forces closures on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Dec. 13, 2019 12:26 PM EST

A wintry concoction of freezing rain and ice across western North Carolina on Friday has led the National Park Service to shut down a majority of the Blue Ridge Parkway, all the way through Virginia. A Facebook post from the Park Service said “widespread freezing rain across the NC and VA Blue...

Preservation or development? Brazil’s Amazon at a crossroads

Dec. 12, 2019 10:02 PM EST

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...

Flathead County cancels its Glacier park shuttle contract

Dec. 12, 2019 1:54 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Flathead County commissioners have voted to cancel its contract to operate a shuttle service in Glacier National Park because the National Park Service hasn't increased its funding to match the increased ridership. The county has operated the shuttle service, which is free to park...

Yellowstone opens its winter tourist season on Sunday

Dec. 12, 2019 11:33 AM EST

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park will open its gates to tourists riding snowcoaches and snowmobiles on Sunday. Beginning at 8 a.m., visitors will be able to travel the park’s interior roads on commercially-guided snowmobiles and snowcoaches from the North, West, and...

New River Gorge National River visitor center hours change

Dec. 12, 2019 4:36 AM EST

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — Visitor center hours have changed for the season at West Virginia's New River Gorge National River, the National Park Service said. Sandstone Visitor Center was closed Monday and will remain closed through the spring. Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing will remain open daily from...

White Sands monument closer to gaining national park status

Dec. 11, 2019 7:58 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A national monument in southern New Mexico is one step closer to being re-designated as a national park. The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a defense spending measure that includes language to boost the classification of White Sands National Monument. President Donald Trump has...

Archives tell Yellowstone's story with millions of records

Dec. 11, 2019 2:22 PM EST

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — Most people first entering the historical archives at Yellowstone National Park see long shelves of mute-colored boxes. But for Yellowstone National Park Archivist Anne Foster, those boxes — and the treasures they hold — are a thing of beauty. “Most people just...

Feral hog hunting curtailed in Mark Twain National Forest

Dec. 10, 2019 11:52 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Feral hog hunting in the Mark Twain National Forest has been curtailed, but limited opportunities to kill the damaging animals are emerging on state land. After weighing a change for more than a year and receiving more than 1,000 public comments, the U.S. Forest Service announced...

States urge Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction to continue

Dec. 9, 2019 5:49 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys general from 18 states are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to allow construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to continue. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said his office will lead the coalition. A friend of the court brief scheduled to be filed Monday...