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President's Energy Plan, Scrapping Of Obama Climate Action Plan Draw Criticisms

President Trump's executive order Tuesday calling for a ramp-up in coal production from federal lands and a scrapping of President Obama's Climate Action Plan was quickly criticized by conservation and environmental organizations. Unclear, however, was how the move might directly impact national parks and the National Park Service's climate change initiatives.
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Rep. Grijalva Wants Interior Secretary To Testify On Trump Budget

How will Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spread a 12 percent budget cut, if directed so by Congress, across his department and its agencies, including the National Park Service? That's a question U.S. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva wants an answer to "as soon as possible," and he's made that point in a letter asking House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop to call the secretary before the full committee.
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Changes Proposed For Oceanside Campground At Assateague Island National Seashore

The National Park Service is preparing an Environmental Assessment in support of a new flexible design strategy for relocating campsites at its Oceanside Campground that are lost or repeatedly damaged by coastal storm events. Several new locations within the developed area on Assateague Island will be considered.
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Small Alpine Insects Are Big Messengers Of Climate Change At Glacier National Park

Two rare alpine insects – native to the northern Rocky Mountains and dependent on cold waters of glacier and snowmelt-fed alpine streams – are imperiled due to climate warming induced glacier and snow loss according to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners.
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Parks Canada Striving To Help Whitebark Pines Avoid Extinction

Whitebark pines, a keystone species that can impact spring runoff, nourish grizzly bears when they most need protein, and provide feasts for other wildlife, face a variety of threats, from climate change to a fungal disease. So important are these trees that researchers with Parks Canada are working to raise a veritable disease-resilient forest of whitebark pines.
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