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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2005 file photo, tourist Chris Farthing from Suffolks County, England, takes a picture of Anasazi ruins in Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. The preservation and protection of Native American cultural sites would be a priority of U.S. land managers under one of the options up for consideration as they work to amend an outdated guide for management of oil and gas drilling across a sprawling area of northwestern New Mexico. (AP Photo/Jeff Geissler, File)

US officials cite 'balance' as goal for Chaco oil plan

Feb. 28, 2020 2:07 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N .M. (AP) — U.S. land managers on Friday made public a list of possible alternatives for managing development in one of the nation's oldest oil and gas basins, but environmentalists and others say the options fail to take into account the cumulative costs of increased drilling and threats to...

FILE - This March 21, 2006, file photo, shows the abandoned bus where Christopher McCandless starved to death in 1992 on Stampede Road near Healy, Alaska. For more than a quarter-century, the old bus abandoned in Alaska's punishing wilderness has drawn adventurers seeking to retrace the steps of a young idealist who met a tragic death in the derelict vehicle. Scores of travelers following his journey along the Stampede Trail have been rescued and others have died in the harsh back-country terrain. Now families of some of those who died are proposing looking at building a footbridge over the Teklanika River. (AP Photo/Jillian Rogers, File )

‘Into the Wild’ lures the unprepared to Alaska wilderness

Feb. 28, 2020 1:27 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — For nearly a quarter-century, the old bus abandoned in Alaska’s punishing wilderness has drawn adventurers seeking to retrace the steps of a young idealist who met a tragic death in the derelict vehicle. For many, Christopher McCandless’ legend was cemented in the...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2015 file photo, a large bison blocks traffic as tourists take photos of the animals in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park. The coronavirus outbreak will reduce Chinese travel to Yellowstone National Park, according to tourism officials, but the impact will be small compared to the national effect.  (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Coronavirus will likely reduce Chinese travel to Yellowstone

Feb. 28, 2020 11:32 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak will reduce Chinese travel to Yellowstone National Park, according to tourism officials, but the impact will be small compared to the national effect. “Yes, we would anticipate it having some effect, but they are not our only customers,” Marysue...

Construction crew perform a controlled detonation at the base of Monument Hill in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument west of Lukeville, Ariz., on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Construction crews in southern Arizona have recently began blasting hills at the site to clear space for a new border wall system, bulldozing through a place called Monument Hill to construct a 30-foot (9-meter) steel wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Josh Galemore/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

Tribal leader: Work to build border wall hurts sacred land

Feb. 26, 2020 7:14 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A Native American leader from Arizona grew emotional Wednesday as he told a congressional committee about the pain members of his tribe feel about U.S. officials blasting through land they consider sacred to build part of President Donald Trump's wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “No...

In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 photo, a bison walks in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley near Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo. State and federal officials are hoping to reduce Yellowstone's bison herds by up to 900 animals this winter. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Yellowstone bison entering Montana face slaughter, hunters

Feb. 26, 2020 5:41 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — One of the last and largest wild bison populations in North America has begun its migration out of Yellowstone National Park into southwestern Montana, where they are being hunted and face government-sponsored slaughter as part of a population reduction program. Hundreds of the...

Park Service to study designation for Dodona Manor

Feb. 26, 2020 3:46 AM EST

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — The National Park Service says it will study whether to grant affiliate status to the northern Virginia home of former Secretary of State George C. Marshall. U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., announced Tuesday that the Park Service...

Large land parcel added to Cumberland Trail State Park

Feb. 26, 2020 3:31 AM EST

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say more than 6,000 acres (2,428 hectares) of land have been added to the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park to support wildlife habitat, native ecology and public recreation. Known as the Lone Star property, the land in east Tennessee was purchased in...

Glacier National Park taking comments on communications plan

Feb. 25, 2020 4:23 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — New cell towers and communications gear will be built and installed in Glacier National Park in Montana, park officials said. The National Park Service plan would designate locations for cellular infrastructure, increase the height of radio towers from 40 to 80 feet (12 to 24 meters)...

Almost $4M in work planned at Devils Tower National Monument

Feb. 25, 2020 2:45 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The National Park Service is about to begin facility and trail work totaling almost $4 million in Devils Tower National Monument in northeastern Wyoming. The work will include making an overlook trail more accessible to people who are in wheelchairs or have other physical limitations....

This image made from video provided by Friends of Big Bear Valley shows two bald eagles standing by eggs in a nest at Big Bear Lake, Calif., Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Experts say the two California bald eagle eggs have passed their normal incubation time and may never hatch. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported the eggs in a nest at Big Bear Lake have been seen daily on streaming video from a camera positioned at the nest. (Friends of Big Bear Valley via AP)

Experts say California bald eagle eggs may never hatch

Feb. 24, 2020 11:54 PM EST

MONROVIA, Calif. (AP) — Two California bald eagle eggs have passed their normal incubation time and may never hatch, experts said. The eggs in a nest at Big Bear Lake have been seen daily on streaming video from a camera positioned at the nest, The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported Friday. The eggs most...