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Obama: Rangers, make life difficult for visitors during shutdown

President Barack Obama has told park rangers to make life difficult for visitors during shutdown of the American government, according to a major United States newspaper. The same newspaper reported the rangers are upset by the situation.

Giant tortoise 'Lonesome George' dies at the age of 100

Galapagos tortoise--Lonesome George died unexpectedly Sunday morning at the age of 100. Believed to be the last of his kind, George reportedly died of unknown causes at his home in Ecuador's Galapagos Islands.

Op-Ed: Photo Essay — Road to Glacier National Park is often overlooked Special

West Glacier - The road to Glacier National Park in NW Montana is often under appreciated. From Coram to West Glacier lies seven miles of beauty. The views may not be as spectacular as inside the park itself, but they're still worthy of notice.

Bloodhounds sniff out elephant poachers in Africa

Elephant poaching continues to be a major problem in Africa's national parks. To combat this a new initiative is being tried out at the Virunga National Park. This involves the use of specially trained bloodhounds to help wardens to track down poachers.

U.S. national forests being hurt by marijuana growers

Entiat - Outlaw reefer growers are increasingly using parkland because the forests are huge, security is almost nonexistent and the soil conditions are fertile. But the practice is harming National Forest System lands, and the cost to fix it is astronomical.

USDA Forest Service launches ad campaign to reconnect with nature Special

Washington - The USDA Forest Service and the Ad Council kicked off their summer 'unplug and re-connect' advertising campaign over the weekend to coincide with National Get Outdoors Day and the events planned at state and national parks around the country.

Discover the wilder side of India

India is the land of magic and mysticism, religion and ruggedness, from Bollywood to the Taj Mahal. Once you've seen all the key touristic sites, it's time to return and experience the real continent.

National Parks Face Extinction from Global Warming

If global warming continues at the present rate, some of our national parks may become extinct. Some of them are already experiencing changes.

Chinese rhino-poaching syndicate arrested in South Africa

Eleven poachers of rhino horns -- including three Chinese syndicate members -- were arrested in South Africa today in a dangerous, time-consuming operation in which rangers and police staked out the poaching gang for weeks.

National Parks Are Reporting More Suicides In 2008

National parks are becoming the place to commit suicide. In 2008 33 people choose to end their lives in one of the United States's national parks. Although the park system doesn't track the number of suicides it believes it is a high number.

National Parks Being Doped With Chemicals

Herbicides and pesticides are being used to grow pot in National Forests, and now the news has finally hit the national news radar for some reason. It's been a long time coming, and for some areas the attention comes to late.

Canada's National Park Wardens To Get Sidearms

Canada's Environment Minister has announced that Canada's National Park wardens will carry sidearms beginning in March 2009
 

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Protesters outside the NSW Parliament on Macquarie Street at the ‘No Hunting in National Parks’ ...
Protesters outside the NSW Parliament on Macquarie Street at the ‘No Hunting in National Parks’ rally.