Ground and air resources were being used Wednesday to battle a wildfire in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida that has spread to cover more than 11,000 acres.
Big Cypress National Preserve
A wildfire burning on the west side of Big Cypress National Preserve covered more than 6,000 acres Tuesday and forced additional closures in the park.
Barring a last-minute court ruling, an oil exploration company could begin surveying for oil and gas reserves below Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida next Monday.
A wildfire burning in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida has spread to more than 3,000 acres and was prompting some closures in the park.
An Arizona congressman trying to block the National Park Service's authority to regulate oil and gas drilling operations in the National Park System says the agency's regulations would be "job-killing," and that "extremist groups" are maligning his intentions.
A congressman from Arizona is pushing legislation that would reduce National Park Service oversight of oil and gas drilling in units of the National Park System where it is allowed, according to a parks advocacy group.
Highly endangered Florida panthers died at a record pace in 2016, with most of the deaths attributed to vehicle collisions in just two counties, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.
Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida has gained International Dark Sky Place designation from the International Dark-Sky Association.
Obama administration officials tout that the president has protected nearly 550 million acres of public lands during his tenure, but observers say those numbers tell an uneven story of how President Obama has stewarded the environment, and add that the Democrat can accomplish much more before he leaves the White House.
National Park Service managers relied on their expertise and did not violate either The Wilderness Act nor the National Park Service Organic Act when they decided how many miles of off-road vehicle trails would be allowed in the Addition Lands of Big Cypress National Preserve, the 11th U.S. District Court of Appeals has ruled.big_cypress_11th_circuit.pdf