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Feds cite safety for Quitobaquito closing; critics see other motives

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»

Officials call for Grand Canyon closure to help stem coronavirus spread

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»

Grand Canyon lodging, food services shuttered in face of CV-19

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»

Report: Using funds to keep parks open in government shutdown violated 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»

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»

Environmental prosecutions have declined under Obama administration

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»