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Crews blasted Monument Hill in Feb. 2020 as part of the 43-mile project.

The National Park Service cited public safety concerns for its decision this week to prohibit access to a sacred Tohono O’odham site, a move that comes amid rising tensions between border wall protestors and federal agents. Read more»

Despite notices that people should maintain safe distances to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, even in the outdoors, critics of the National Park Service decision to keep many parks open say that is not happening. This March 21 photo shows hikers clustered together on Angels Landing at Zion National Park in Utah.

Arizona lawmakers joined local and tribal officials Tuesday calling on the Interior Department to reverse its “reckless” decision to keep Grand Canyon National Park open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more»

Cars line up to enter at the south entrance to the Grand Canyon in this 2018 file photo. Service at the park have been cut in response to the coronavirus, but the park remains open and the Interior Department this week waived entrance fees to all national parks.

Grand Canyon National Park is still open, but the same cannot be said for lodging and food services in the park that will be shuttered for the next two months by concerns over coronavirus. Read more»

Cars line up to enter at the south entrance to the Grand Canyon in this file photo. The National Park Service diverted funds from maintenance accounts to keep the park partially open during this year’s government shutdown, which the GAO said violated federal spending law.

The Trump Administration's shift of Parks money during the government shutdown this year "tears at the fabric" of separation of powers, a Government Accountability Office report found. Read more»

Some environmental groups worry that a National Park Service push to increase visitors – like these tourists at Grand Canyon National Park – in its centennial year will harm parks, but Park Service officials say they are keenly aware of the need to balance conservation and tourism.

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»

The Environmental Protection Agency says it’s continuing 'strong criminal enforcement' in a time of smaller budgets but pursuing fewer, but bigger, criminal cases.

Environmental prosecutions have fallen sharply under the Obama administration, a change the EPA attributes to shift to focus on bigger, high-impact investigations. Prosecutions for environmental crimes fell from 225 per year under President Bush to 181 per year under President Obama. Read more»