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FILE - In this July 21, 2020 file photo, Swiss photographer David Carlier takes photographs of the Swiss Aletsch glacier, the longest glacier in Europe, on the sideline of his photographic exhibition, in Fieschertal, Switzerland. Climate change is increasingly damaging the U.N.’s most cherished heritage sites, a leading conservation agency warned Wednesday Dec. 2, 2020, reporting that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and dozens of other natural wonders are facing severe threats. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP, File)

Report: Climate change damaging more World Heritage sites

Dec. 2, 2020 8:21 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Climate change is increasingly damaging the U.N.’s most cherished heritage sites, a leading conservation agency warned Wednesday, reporting that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and dozens of other natural wonders are facing severe threats. Climate change that has lead to...

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2011 file photo, shows whitebark pine that have succumbed to mountain pine beetles through the Gros Ventre area east of Jackson Hole, Wyo. U.S. officials say climate change, beetles and a deadly fungus are imperiling the long-term survival of the high-elevation tree found in the western U.S. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

US: Mountain pine tree that feeds grizzlies is threatened

Dec. 1, 2020 6:43 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Climate change, voracious beetles and disease are imperiling the long-term survival of a high-elevation pine tree that’s a key source of food for some grizzly bears and found across the West, U.S. officials said Tuesday. A Fish and Wildlife Service proposal scheduled to be...

$6M federal grant to fund Tennessee mountain bike trails

Dec. 1, 2020 4:15 AM EST

HARTFORD, Tenn. (AP) — A $6 million federal grant will help build 50 to 75 miles of mountain bike trails in East Tennessee. A news release from U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander says the Appalachian Regional Commission grant aims to encourage more people who visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park to come...

Lawsuit filed to prevent disease in bighorn sheep herds

Nov. 30, 2020 5:27 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A lawsuit that seeks to prevent disease outbreaks in bighorn sheep herds living in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has been filed in federal court in eastern Washington. The lawsuit contends the Forest Service is placing bighorn sheep at high risk of disease outbreaks by...

Grizzly bear 399 and her four cubs cross the road in southern Jackson Hole as Cindy Campbell stops traffic on Nov. 17, 2020. The 24-year-old bear and her cubs have spent considerable time far from the sow's usual northern range in and around Grand Teton National Park. Wildlife managers have been monitoring the bears in an effort to keep people safe and the bears out of harm's way. Wyoming Game and Fish officials are concerned the bear has started keying in on human-related foods such as honey from a beekeeper's hives, a grain mix meant for livestock and a residential compost pile. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

Bear biologists concerned about famous grizzly's diet

Nov. 30, 2020 12:41 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Bear biologist Mike Boyce was staked out on a road in south of Wilson for much of the day on Nov. 17 keeping tabs on five grizzly bears that were napping, playing and feeding on a deer carcass. “They devoured it in just a matter of a couple hours,” Boyce said from the...

Indiana Landmarks helps preserve historic World’s Fair homes

Nov. 29, 2020 12:02 AM EST

BEVERLY SHORES, Ind. (AP) — Moving buildings from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair to Beverly Shores was no small task. Restoring those homes hasn’t been easy, either. “Welcome to ‘This Old House’ on steroids,” Ross Gambril said during a recent Indiana Landmarks...

Project adds biking, hiking trails in western North Carolina

Nov. 27, 2020 9:48 AM EST

NEBO, N.C. (AP) — A district inside a national park in western North Carolina has approved a project that will help sustain and expand its trail system. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a news release that the Pisgah National Forest’s Grandfather Ranger District approved the Mortimer...

New quarter pays homage to a Kansas landmark

Nov. 27, 2020 8:02 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Flint Hills of Kansas are all abuzz over a new coin that pays homage to the state's Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. The Wichita Eagle reports that the U.S. Mint this month released the 55th installment in its America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The flip side offers a...

In this photo provided by the Wyoming Migration Initiative, migratory elk cross Granite Creek in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming, on May 19, 2018. Big-game animals have traveled the same routes across Western landscapes for millennia but scientists only recently have discovered precisely where they go in pursuit of the best places to spend summer or wait out winter. Now the U.S. Geological Survey has published a collection of migration maps based on the latest research using GPS tracking and statistical analysis techniques. (Gregory Nickerson/Wyoming Migration Initiative, University of Wyoming via AP)

New migration maps serve as tools to help big game in West

Nov. 26, 2020 11:36 AM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The life-or-death journey made by mule deer during the second-longest big game migration in North America came down to their ability to squeeze through a fence — a discovery made by scientists using wildlife GPS tracking techniques to map animal migrations in the West in...

Iowa Tribe creates national park on Nebraska-Kansas border

Nov. 25, 2020 4:23 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska is creating the nation's largest tribal national park on a forested bluff overlooking the Missouri River and a historic site of its people. The 444-acre park will allow the tribe to tell the story of the Ioway people and provide a rustic getaway...