Natural Resources

Heeding J-Groups, Senate Panel Exempts Journos from Park Fees, Permits

After journalism groups protested federal rules imposing fees and permits on journalists working on public lands, the Senate Energy Committee November 19 approved a bill that would exempt newsgathering. By voice vote, the panel first approved an amendment containing the exemption, and then approved the underlying bill, S. 556, known as Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015.

"US, Cuba Sign First Environmental Accord Since Thaw"

"The United States and Cuba signed an agreement Wednesday to join forces and protect the vast array of fish and corals they share as countries separated by just 90 miles (140 kilometers), the first environmental accord since announcing plans to renew diplomatic relations."

Source: AP, 11/19/2015

Scientists Work With Cuba To Bring Lost Orchids Back To Fla. State Park

"With their garish blooms, there's something special about orchids, and in the U.S., no place has more native species than Fakahatchee Strand Preserve. The state park in Southwest Florida was the setting for the 1998 book The Orchid Thief. Scientists there are working to bring back varieties lost through the years to poachers and habitat destruction."

Source: NPR, 11/11/2015

"Manhattan Project National Historical Park Formally Established"

"A celebratory signing on Tuesday of a memorandum of understanding between the Interior Department and Energy Department formally established the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, one that will span three states and recount a pivotal moment in world history."

Source: National Parks Traveler, 11/11/2015

"Louisiana's 50-Year Coastal Master Plan Seen as $71 Billion Short"

"Louisiana's projections for funding its 50-year master plan for coastal restoration and hurricane storm surge protection are at least $71 billion short of the inflation-adjusted $91.7 billion price tag, according to a study released Friday (Nov. 6) by the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 11/10/2015

"Few Answers And 28 Still Missing Three Days After Brazil Dams Burst"

"MARIANA, Brazil -- "Three days after a massive mudflow and flood caused by ruptured dams at an iron ore mine, Brazilian authorities are still struggling to determine a cause or even recover the bodies of as many as 28 people possibly swept away in the torrent."

Source: Reuters, 11/09/2015

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