Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Critics Say Legislation Penned In The Name Of Homeland Security Could Trample National Parks, Other Federal Lands
Legislation written with the intent of bolstering homeland security wouldn't succeed at that, but could trample national park lands and other federal acreage, according to critics.
New units to the National Park System, a face-off over concession fees at Grand Canyon National Park that impacted nearly a quarter of the park system, and even the basic relevancy of national parks were among the top stories of 2014 involving the park system.
There's an oasis at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, one where birds and wildlife are drawn for a drink and where prehistory is measured. It's one where, until just recently, the public was largely prevented from traveling due to dangers created by illegal border crossings.
Fire danger in the Southwest has gotten so bad that a ban on campfires is being implemented in a handful of national park units, including Saguaro National Park and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
List Of Candidate Species Under Consideration For Endangered Species Act Protection Include At Least 12 From National Parks
In its annual list of species considered to be candidates for Endangered Species Act protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has cited at least 12 species that either can be found, or were found, in the National Park System.
A package of legislation that sponsors call the Conservation and Economic Growth Act and which critics maintain would severely cripple the nation's environmental laws and pose a threat to the National Park System is expected to come up for a vote in the House of Representatives this week.
When Mount Rainier National Park law enforcement Ranger Margaret Anderson was shot and killed on New Year's Day, she became the ninth ranger in the history of the National Park Service to be murdered in the line of duty, according to Park Service records.
National Park Service Moving To Let Tribes Collect Plants, Minerals From Parks For Traditional Practices
A move by the National Park Service to allow Native American tribes to collect plants and minerals from units of the National Park System for traditional purposes is being condemned by Public Employees for Environmental Purposes.
U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop's continued attacks on environmental laws he maintains are preventing the U.S. Border Patrol from securing the Southwestern border with Mexico raise conflicting accounts and accusations that the Department of Homeland Security sees the issue as a cash cow not to be corralled.
For months Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee have claimed that environmental regulations are hampering border control in the Southwest. But a new study notes that "there are numerous examples" of how various federal agencies are working together on border control.