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Monday, December 12th, 2011

  • The Obama administration is proposing a change in the language of the Endangered Species Act that is worrisome to some conservation groups concerned that it could significantly diminish the preservation of species.

    At issue is whether the "historic" range of a species should be considered when evaluating its need for protection under the act.

  • Proponents of motorized and non-motorized recreation on public lands in the West will collaborate on a study to measure their combined economic impact, the Western Governor's Association has announced.

    Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire, who chairs the association, announced the project last week during the WGA's meeting in California.

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

  • Just in time for the holidays, the national parks are heading to the Big Apple to check out the bright lights!

    And if you're in Times Square sometime during the next 38 days, keep an eye out for the grizzly bear and the cannon.

  • Winter days are short and nights cold even in Utah's redrock country, but that's no reason not to visit Arches or Canyonlands national parks in the coming months.

  • While many head to Yellowstone National Park in winter to explore by snowmobile, many visitors also like to get out on foot -- either with snowshoes or cross-country skis -- to move about the park.

    Here's the rundown on how to safely enjoy those activities in the park this winter.