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Senate OKS open-space bill, reviving Land and Water Conservation Fund

The U.S. Senate approved a sweeping public lands bill that will secure millions of dollars for Arizona's federally protected lands.... Read more»

Az GOP congressmen call for end of Ironwood, Sonoran nat'l monuments

A group of Republican representatives, including three Arizona congressman, are calling for the complete elimination of four national monuments in Arizona, including the Ironwood Forest just outside Tucson. They also called for shrinking or de-listing others across the nation.... Read more»1

National park visitors spent $995 million at nearby businesses in Arizona

The 12 million people who visited national parks in Arizona last year spent more than $995 million with nearby businesses, a $63 million increase from the year before, the National Park Service said.... Read more»

Trump orders review of predecessors’ national monument designations

President Donald Trump ordered the Interior Department Wednesday to review two decades of national monument designations, actions he said represent an “egregious use of government power” affecting millions of acres of land — including four monuments in Arizona.... Read more»

Groups to feds: Tighten mining rules in light of Colorado spill

Citing the release of millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into a southwestern Colorado river earlier this month, a coalition of conservation groups, two Native American tribes and two county governments in Arizona petitioned federal agencies Tuesday to tighten mining regulation on public lands.... Read more»

Mercury found in trout caught in three Grand Canyon creeks

With their natural beauty and protected environments, the Grand Canyon and other national parks in the West would seem removed from having mercury in their streams and rivers. But a federal study found small levels of the contaminant in rainbow and brown trout at three Grand Canyon creeks, as well as in fish at 20 other parks.... Read more»

Gov't shutdown cost Az national parks $27 million

The one-month drop in spending was the second-largest in the nation, trailing only California, the National Park Service said. Most of the decline came from the Grand Canyon, which saw spending fall $17 million in October compared to the same month in previous years. ... Read more»1

Enviros pack Capitol to back wolves, parks

Scores of environmentalists from around Arizona joined Bahr for Environmental Day at the Capitol to back action on environmental issues such as protecting the endangered Mexican gray wolf, supporting state parks and promoting renewable energy.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: What tree rings tell us about climate change

An interview with Kevin Dahl, Arizona program manager for the National Parks Conservation Association. Next, Tom Collier, Buckmaster consumer affairs contributor, followed by Fletcher McCusker talking about his new venture, Sinfonia Health Care Corporation. Plus, how tree-rings tell the story of climate change. We hear from Dr. Tom Swetnam, director of the UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. ... Read more»

Gov't shutdown could cost Az millions as national parks close

Arizona’s tourism industry stands to lose millions of dollars per day if national parks close as part of a possible federal government shutdown next week.... Read more»

Navajo electric plant offers alternative emissions plan

Owners of the Navajo Generating Station offered an alternative plan last week to what they called a too-costly Environmental Protection Agency demand to reduce emissions from the coal-fired power plant near Page. The plan, submitted to the EPA for review, calls for one of the plant’s three generating units to be shut down by 2020, for installation of equipment to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 2030 and for an end to coal use by 2044.... Read more»

Feds to propose 3rd Az 'solar zone'

The Bureau of Land Management is set to identify a third parcel of land in Arizona on Friday as a potential site for development of utility-scale solar-power projects.... Read more»