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Study Finds That Giant Sequoias Are Being Impacted By Drought Driven By Climate Change

Giant sequoias, long viewed as majestic, impervious guardians of the high Sierra, are beginning to struggle with the multi-year stretches of drought, according to research conducted in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks and elsewhere in the Sierra.

Climate Change Is Driving Changes In Wildflowers At Mount Rainier National Park

Riots of blooming wildflowers are one of the joys of visiting national parks, but climate change is tinkering with the schedule of some of those flowers. At Mount Rainier National Park, for instance, all wildflower species are blooming earlier than in the past, roughly half have extended their season, and a little less than half shortened theirs, according to research conducted by University of Washington personnel.

President's Decision To Leave Paris Accord Draws Criticism From National Park Advocates

President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate change accord is drawing criticism from park advocates and businesses tied to national parks, as well as pledges to reduce carbon footprints and praise for states that are focused on renewable energy.

Monitoring Climate Change Across The National Park System With Your Help

The changing climate is impacting national park lands in myriad ways, from raising sea levels that will inundate some coastal park units and exposing iconic tree species such as whitebark pines to crippling native and invasive species to altering migration patterns and forest makeup in ways detrimental to wildlife. Regardless of whether you believe climate change is human-driven, change is occurring and impacting the National Park System.

President's Energy Plan, Scrapping Of Obama Climate Action Plan Draw Criticisms

President Trump's executive order Tuesday calling for a ramp-up in coal production from federal lands and a scrapping of President Obama's Climate Action Plan was quickly criticized by conservation and environmental organizations. Unclear, however, was how the move might directly impact national parks and the National Park Service's climate change initiatives.

Rep. Grijalva Wants Interior Secretary To Testify On Trump Budget

How will Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spread a 12 percent budget cut, if directed so by Congress, across his department and its agencies, including the National Park Service? That's a question U.S. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva wants an answer to "as soon as possible," and he's made that point in a letter asking House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop to call the secretary before the full committee.

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