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Two Face Prison Time For Poaching Bigleaf Maple In Olympic National Park

For many luthiers, maple is a good wood for the back and sides of violins and guitars, but not so much for the all important soundboard, as it doesn't add to the sound eminating from the strings. Still, maple from the Pacific Northwest is much in demand for the "music wood" industry. And the lure of bigleaf maple from Olympic National Park was too tempting for two men now facing prison time.
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Op-Ed | President Trump, Please Read ‘Desert Solitaire’

In a 1973 TV spot, the United States Forest Service sage Smokey Bear admonished that “one careless second with a match and America the beautiful becomes America the ugly.” So what would Smokey say now when a few careless seconds with a pen allowed President Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to remove protections from two million acres of precious American wilderness? If courts uphold Trump’s executive orders of last December, they would reduce southern Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments by 85 and 46 percent, respectively, constituting the biggest rollback of federally protected land in American history.
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Clamming With Brown Bears At Katmai And Lake Clark National Parks

This fourth installment in the series on the Changing Tides Project looks at the field work involved in collecting clams. The Changing Tides Project is a three-year study examining the link between the marine and terrestrial environments, specifically between coastal brown bears, clams, mussels, and people.
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Ecuador Announces A New National Park In The Andes

On January 23, a new national park joined Ecuador’s 54 protected areas. Río Negro-Sopladora National Park lies in southern Ecuador’s Morona Santiago and Azuay provinces within the Cordillera Real Oriental mountain range and next to Sangay National Park. The area is dominated by almost-intact Andean páramos – treeless alpine plateaus – and forests that are home to a great variety of animal and plant species.
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Drug Busts Made In Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

While Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument officials believe the monument that hugs the U.S.-Mexico border is much safer than it was a decade or two ago, there are still those trying to smuggle drugs into the country through the park. Already this year rangers have confiscated more than 600 pounds of marijuana in the monument.
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