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A House subcommittee tried to reverse the Interior Department plan, announced last month, to extend a new mining claims ban on more than 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon. The department is considering a 20-year ban on more than 1 million acres, outlined in red on this map. Mining is already banned in cross-hatched areas.

A House subcommittee Thursday voted to nullify the Interior Department’s recently extended ban on new mining claims on more than 1 million acres of federal land around the Grand Canyon. Read more»

Keith Schoeman, director of an effort to block access to old minesin an area of Grand Canyon National Park, stands next to what had been a 50-foot-deep mine shaft. The effort’s goals include keeping visitors safe, safeguarding bats that have colonized some mine shafts and preserving artifacts in the mines.

Four miles down the Grandview Trail and over a half-mile below the rim of the Grand Canyon, there are many reminders of the miners that worked here at the turn of the 20th century. These remnants are now tougher for visitors to see, as the National Park Service just completed a project to close off several of the mines. Read more»

Border security issues are hampering plans to create an international park by combining Big Bend National Park in Texas with protected areas in Mexico. Read more»