Natural Resources

Hawaii's Last Sugar Harvest Paves Way For A Fight On The Land's Future

"For more than 150 years, the big agricultural corporations that produce sugar have been top dogs in the island’s economic life and its political governance. As the industry winds down, a new generation of activists are dreaming big of replacing sugar not only with a new agricultural model but also a new political settlement."

Source: Guardian, 04/29/2016

9,000 Years Later, Kennewick Man Will Be Given a Native American Burial

"Five Native American nations will join together to bury his remains".

"He’s been called “the most important human skeleton ever found in North America.” Known as Kennewick Man, the 9,000-year-old Paleoamerican was unearthed in 1996 in the city of Kennewick, Washington. But the discovery was more than a thrilling moment for archaeologists—it sparked a legal battle that lasted more than two decades. Now, reports Nicholas K. Geranios for the Associated Press, Kennewick Man’s saga will finally come to an end with a Native American burial.

Source: Smithsonian, 04/29/2016

"Why Malheur Wildlife Refuge Is Seeing Green After The Siege"

"The armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge which ended in February has left an unexpected legacy to the park, one that appears to be in conflict with the occupiers' original intent. Since the siege on the refuge ended in early February, the park has seen a surge of financial support."

Source: Christian Science Monitor, 04/28/2016

"National Park Service Celebrates 100th Anniversary"

"The National Park Service is celebrating its 100-year anniversary this year. A century ago, the Park Service was created with the mission of protecting and preserving some of the most awe-inspiring places in the country. And at the same time, its mission is to help people who visit those places enjoy them, and that's not always an easy balance."

Source: NPR, 04/27/2016

Refinery Proposed Next To Theodore Roosevelt Natl. Park Raises Concerns

"While falling oil prices have slowed production from North Dakota's oil and natural gas fields, a company sees that lull as the perfect opportunity to build a crude oil refinery in the state. However, its proposed location just three miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park has raised concerns from the National Park Service and conservation groups about how it will impact the park."

Source: National Parks Traveler, 04/19/2016

"Living With Less Snow In The West"

"Among firs and cedars high in the Sierra Nevada, scientists are using an array of instruments to monitor the health of the forest, measure the snowpack and track the water that melts and seeps into the soil. As they collect data, they’re taking snapshots of a landscape in the midst of major changes."

Source: Palm Springs Desert Sun, 04/15/2016


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