Outdoor recreation

In this March 12, 2019 photo released by the Sea Shepherd organization, the body of a dead animal believed to be a vaquita, a critically endangered species of porpoise, floats in the ocean after being found in an illegal totoaba net recovered by Sea Shepherd in the Gulf of California off of Mexico. The environmentalist group Sea Shepherd said Thursday, March 14, 2019 that it found the badly decomposed body of what appeared to be a vaquita porpoise, one of perhaps only 10 that remain in the world. (Sea Shepherd via AP)
March 21, 2019 - 8:02 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government said Thursday it will use buoys to mark the reserve of the world's most endangered marine mammal, in a bid to save the last remaining 10 or so vaquita marina porpoises. The Environment Department promised to provide social programs and jobs for fishing...
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FILE - This March 12, 2010 file photo shows deer seeking foliage in retreating snow in grasslands near Miles City, Mont. This area is typical of other grasslands and similar tracts that are included in a policy by acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who is ordering federal land managers to give more consideration to public access concerns when selling or trading public land. The executive Thursday, March 21, 2019 order comes amid longstanding complaints that millions of acres of state and federal land in the American West can be reached only through private property or small slivers of public land. (Steve Allison/Miles City Star via AP, File)
March 21, 2019 - 7:04 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt ordered federal land managers on Thursday to give greater priority to access for hunting, fishing and other kinds of recreation when the government considers selling or trading public land. The secretarial order comes amid...
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In this photo released Wednesday, March 13, 2019, by the National Park Service, is a damaged bear box after the recent heavy snowpack in Yosemite National Park, Calif. The park announced that there will be late seasonal openings to facilities due to the exceptionally heavy snowpack and the subsequent extensive damage to many park facilities. (NPS Photo via AP)
March 14, 2019 - 4:24 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is free of drought for the first time in more than seven years and only a small amount of its territory remains abnormally dry as a very wet winter winds down, experts said Thursday. More than 93 percent of the state is free of drought or dryness, and areas of abnormal...
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FILE - This May 19, 2018 file photo released by the National Park Service shows Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent, Christine Lehnertz at Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. Lehnertz has not returned to her job nearly a month after being cleared of accusations she created a hostile work environment, improperly disciplined an employee and wasted park resources. The park announced last month that the investigation by the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General fully exonerated Lehnertz. The allegations were made public Tuesday, March 5, 2019, when the office released its investigative report. (Michael Quinn/National Park Service via AP, File)
March 14, 2019 - 10:55 am
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park is resigning, less than three years after she took the helm of one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Christine Lehnertz notified the National Park Service on Thursday of her resignation. It comes months after...
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In this May 24, 2018, file photo, the home of civil rights leaders Medgar and Myrlie Evers, in Jackson, Miss. A wide-ranging bill that revived a popular conservation program, added 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and created five new national monuments was signed on March 12, 2019, by President Donald Trump. The three park service monuments are the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument in Mississippi and the Mill Springs and Camp Nelson national monuments in Kentucky. The Evers site marks the home of the slain civil rights leader, (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
March 12, 2019 - 3:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a wide-ranging public lands bill Tuesday that creates five new national monuments and expands several national parks. The new law also adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness and permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which...
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Emergency personnel prepare to rescue stranded fishermen off Catawba Island State Park, Ohio in Lake Erie, on Saturday, March 9, 2019. The Coast Guard and Ottawa County Sheriff's Office began receiving reports around early Saturday that a large number of people had become stuck on an ice floe that had broken off from the main ice pack connected to Catawba Island. Coast Guard Petty Officer Brian McCrum says 46 people were rescued, including two fishermen who were hoisted by helicopter and received medical assessments. (Lori King/The Blade via AP)
March 09, 2019 - 5:44 pm
MARBLEHEAD, Ohio (AP) — A sheet of ice holding fishermen on Lake Erie broke loose in windy weather Saturday morning, sending many of them scrambling to safety but leaving nearly four dozen stranded on the floe for three hours more than a mile offshore until emergency crews could rescue them. About...
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In this Feb. 28, 2019 photo, a fossilized dinosaur footprints are shown on a paving stone at the Valley Forge National Historical Park in Valley Forge, Pa. A volunteer at the park outside Philadelphia recently discovered dozens of fossilized dinosaur footprints on flat rocks used to pave a section of hiking trail. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
March 06, 2019 - 10:17 am
VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (AP) — The national park on the site where George Washington and the struggling Continental Army endured a tough winter during the American Revolution boasts a new feature that's a couple of hundred million years old — dozens of fossilized dinosaur footprints discovered on rocks...
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FILE - This May 19, 2018 file photo released by the National Park Service shows Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent, Christine Lehnertz at Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. Lehnertz has not returned to her job nearly a month after being cleared of accusations she created a hostile work environment, improperly disciplined an employee and wasted park resources. The park announced last month that the investigation by the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General fully exonerated Lehnertz. The allegations were made public Tuesday, March 5, 2019, when the office released its investigative report. (Michael Quinn/National Park Service via AP, File)
March 05, 2019 - 7:26 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park has not returned to her job nearly a month after being cleared of accusations that she created a hostile work environment, improperly disciplined an employee and wasted park resources. Christine Lehnertz was reassigned in...
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First lady Melania Trump, right, participates in a discussion with Microsoft president Brad Smith at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Wash., Monday, March 4, 2019, during a two-day, three-state swing to promote her Be Best campaign. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
March 04, 2019 - 5:25 pm
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on Melania Trump's three-state tour to promote "Be Best" (all times local): 3:25 p.m. A Microsoft Corp. employee showed Melania Trump how he uses technology to limit his teenagers' screen time and control the websites they can access and who can see what they're...
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February 26, 2019 - 6:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A wide-ranging bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments has won congressional approval. The measure is the largest public lands bill approved by Congress in...
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