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500-acre prescribed burn set for Rincon Mountains

Smoke will be visible in the Rincons east of Tucson this week as more than 500 acres on Mica Mountain are set to be cleared with a prescribed fire, officials said.... Read more»

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String of Grand Canyon deaths isn’t unusual, officials say; no changes planned

Three people fell to their deaths at the Grand Canyon and another hiker's body was found there in just more than a month.... Read more»

Forest Service chief grilled over charges of sexual harassment in agency

Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen came under fire Thursday for her department’s handling of sexual harassment complaints, the same issue that led to the retirement of her predecessor as chief.... Read more»

Az firefighters assist efforts to combat California wildfires; death toll rises to 48

Firefighters from across the state of Arizona are in California to help fight devastating wildfires, one of which has raged for a week.... Read more»

Grand Canyon park sup't reassigned while under federal investigation

The superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park is “presently out of the office” and under investigation by the Interior Department for undisclosed allegations, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service said Wednesday.... Read more»

Unlikely allies Grijalva, Bishop back bill to fund $11.6 billion in national parks work

Raul Grijalva and Rob Bishop agree on almost nothing, but the two came together Wednesday to back a bipartisan bill that could steer billions toward a national parks maintenance backlog that reached $11.6 billion last year.... Read more»

Factchecking Zinke: Navajo didn't support shrinking Bears Ears

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke claimed the Navajo who “live close” to Bears Ears National Monument “were all in support” of President Trump’s decision to shrink the protected land. But tribe representatives told us that’s false. In fact, the Navajo Nation and other tribes have sued the federal government over the decision. ... Read more»

Left behind: Vietnam Wall collects almost 250,000 mementos to fallen

Visitors leave items at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial every day to honor a loved one whose name is etched here among the fallen from that war. And every day, the National Park Service picks up those mementos and ships them to a nondescript warehouse, where they will be cataloged and stored for historical purposes.... Read more»

Lawmakers blast 'misguided' Grand Canyon fee increase

Arizona lawmakers and advocates are condemning proposed fee increases at the Grand Canyon and 16 other parks, a move the National Park Service said is badly needed to fund billions in backlogged maintenance projects.... Read more»

Century-old national park saguaro blasted with shotgun

A 100-150-year-old towering cactus in Saguaro National Park was recently shot up multiple times, and authorities are asking the public for help finding the vandal. The protected plant is not expected to survive. ... Read more»

Just 100 left: Az turtle listed as endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the designation Wednesday, citing threats from climate change to loss of habitat for the southern Arizona animal, whose numbers are believed to have dwindled to as low as 100 turtles.... Read more»

Heat may have killed hiker found in Saguaro Nat'l Park

A hiker from Illinois was found dead on a trail near Tucson on Saturday, and authorities said the heat and dehydration may have been factors. ... Read more»

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»

Feds face Trump hiring freeze, with 100s of Arizona jobs vacant

With almost 500 vacant federal jobs in Arizona currently, many in the Department of Veterans Affairs, agencies are grappling with who’s in and who’s out. And lawmakers are keeping a wary eye.... Read more»

Park Service push for centennial visitors worries environmental groups

The National Park Service hopes to boost visits in honor of its centennial later this month, but its “Find Your Park” program has some environmental groups asking: How much is too much?... Read more»

Commentary

How the Antiquities Act expanded national parks & fueled struggles over land protection

As Americans anticipate summer vacation, many are planning trips to our nation’s iconic national parks, such as the Grand Canyon, Zion, Acadia and Olympic. But they may not realize that these and other parks exist because presidents used their power under the Antiquities Act, enacted on June 8, 1906, to protect those places from exploitation and development.... Read more»

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