Latest National parks News

Lawsuit filed to stop big US Forest Service project in Idaho

Nov. 19, 2019 2:19 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is ignoring a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling by restarting a giant forest project in Idaho, say environmental groups that have filed another lawsuit seeking to stop the project a second time. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and the other groups filed...

Zimbabwe says 200 elephants have now died amid drought

Nov. 12, 2019 9:12 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — More than 200 elephants have died amid a severe drought, Zimbabwe's parks agency said on Tuesday, and a mass relocation of animals is planned to ease congestion. Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo said at least 200 elephants have died...

China aims to build its own Yellowstone on Tibetan plateau

Nov. 12, 2019 12:10 AM EST

XINING, China (AP) — There's a building boom on the Tibetan plateau, one of the world's last remote places. Mountains long crowned by garlands of fluttering prayer flags — a traditional landscape blessing — are newly topped with sprawling steel power lines. At night, the illuminated signs of...

Correction: Trump-Native Heritage Month story

Nov. 6, 2019 4:00 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In a story Nov. 5 about Native American Heritage Month, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Nathan Wright is Sioux. He is from the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. A corrected version of the story is below: Trump honors Native Americans, US founders in same...

Zimbabwe's severe drought killing elephants, other wildlife

Nov. 6, 2019 7:15 AM EST

MANA POOLS, Zimbabwe (AP) — Weak from hunger and thirst, the elephant struggled to reach a pool of water in this African wildlife reserve. But the majestic mammal got stuck in the mud surrounding the sun-baked watering hole, which had dramatically shrunk due to a severe drought. Eventually park staff freed...

Time ticks away at wild bison genetic diversity

Nov. 3, 2019 11:38 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Evidence is mounting that wild North American bison are gradually shedding their genetic diversity across many of the isolated herds overseen by the U.S. government, weakening future resilience against disease and climate events in the shadow of human encroachment. The extent of the...

Zambia's founding leader protests mining project in park

Oct. 31, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambia's founding president Kenneth Kaunda has issued a rare public plea to protest the construction of a major copper mine in a national park on the Zambezi River. The 95-year-old Kaunda says the mine planned for Lower Zambezi National Park "poses the biggest threat in history to the...

US House OKs protections near historical park in New Mexico

Oct. 30, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Walls of stacked stone jut up from the canyon floor, some perfectly aligned with the seasonal movements of the sun and moon. Circular ceremonial subterranean rooms called kivas cut into the desert, surrounded by the remnants of what historians say was once a hub of indigenous...

The Latest: US House approves protections near Chaco park

Oct. 30, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on federal legislation to create buffer around Chaco Culture National Historical Park (all times local): 3:40 p.m. The U.S. House has approved legislation that would prohibit oil and gas development on federal land surrounding a national park in New Mexico held sacred by...

Park Service drops new rules for protests in Washington

Oct. 28, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service has withdrawn a proposal that critics complained was designed to stifle protests near the White House and on the National Mall. The Park Service said in a statement Monday that it received more than 140,000 comments on its proposed changes, which included opening...