Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Saguaro National Park, Other Park Units, Ban Campfires

Fire danger in the Southwest has gotten so bad that a ban on campfires is being implemented in a handful of national park units, including Saguaro National Park and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
Birding the Southwestern National Parks (W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series) Just in case I wasn’t aware that I very badly need to do more birding in the Southwest, a copy of Birding the Southwestern National Parks by former Park Service employee Roland Wauer arrived in my mailbox. Now I find myself checking plane fare to Las Vegas, El Paso, and Los Angeles. This may be one of the most expensive book reviews I’ve ever written.

List Of Candidate Species Under Consideration For Endangered Species Act Protection Include At Least 12 From National Parks

In its annual list of species considered to be candidates for Endangered Species Act protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has cited at least 12 species that either can be found, or were found, in the National Park System.

U.S. House To Consider Legislation Opponents Believe Would Degrade Public Lands, National Parks

A package of legislation that sponsors call the Conservation and Economic Growth Act and which critics maintain would severely cripple the nation's environmental laws and pose a threat to the National Park System is expected to come up for a vote in the House of Representatives this week.

Warmer Temperatures From Climate Change Likely To Change Vegetative Landscape In Southwestern National Parks

While desert-thriving vegetation commonly is thought to love heat, too much heat can doom them. A new study into the likely impacts of climate change says higher temperatures will recast the native plants we find in places such as Saguaro National Park and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

Wilderness At Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument: A Challenge To Manage These Days

One of the most trampled units of the National Park System is Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southwestern Arizona, where drug runners, illegal immigrants, and pursuing Border Patrol and Park Service agents have zigzagged through the monument's wilderness. But, as Organ Pipe officials note in the following article, plans are being made to restore the resource.

Slain Mount Rainier National Park Ranger 9th In Park Service History To Be Murdered In Line of Duty

When Mount Rainier National Park law enforcement Ranger Margaret Anderson was shot and killed on New Year's Day, she became the ninth ranger in the history of the National Park Service to be murdered in the line of duty, according to Park Service records.

National Park Service Moving To Let Tribes Collect Plants, Minerals From Parks For Traditional Practices

A move by the National Park Service to allow Native American tribes to collect plants and minerals from units of the National Park System for traditional purposes is being condemned by Public Employees for Environmental Purposes.

Distilling The Facts About Securing The Southwestern Border With Mexico Can Be Tricky

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop's continued attacks on environmental laws he maintains are preventing the U.S. Border Patrol from securing the Southwestern border with Mexico raise conflicting accounts and accusations that the Department of Homeland Security sees the issue as a cash cow not to be corralled.

Musings From Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument has taken on a somewhat dark connotation since park Ranger Kris Eggle was killed by drug runners in August 2002. While some parts of the park remain off-limits to casual tourists, and researchers are suggested to go into the field accompanied by security, guest writer Lee Dalton found the park fascinating during a February visit.

GAO Study Says More Interagency Coordination Needed To Address Illegal Border Crossings in Southwest

Six years after a Government Accountability Office review found poor coordination between federal land managers and Border Patrol officials tasked with combating illegal border crossings in the Southwest, a new analysis finds not much has changed.

House Republicans Continue To Blame Environmental Regulations for Border Security Woes

Despite two Government Accountability Office reports that say environmental regulations are not impeding the work of the Border Patrol, Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee are standing by that claim.

By The Numbers: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Arizona's Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument boasts Sonoran Desert flora and fauna, interesting geology, traces of the historic Camino del Diablo trail, gorgeous scenery, and more.

GAO Report: Environmental Laws Don't Greatly Impede Border Security In the Southwest

A nearly year-long review by the U.S. Government Accountability Office determined that while environmental regulations at times slowed Border Patrol operations in the Southwest, a strong majority of agents-in-charge "reported that the overall security status of their jurisdiction is not affected by land management laws."

Report Counters GOP Arguments That Environmental Regs, Agencies Hampering Border Security

For months Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee have claimed that environmental regulations are hampering border control in the Southwest. But a new study notes that "there are numerous examples" of how various federal agencies are working together on border control.
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Reader Participation Day Bonus Survey: Should Border Security Trump Wilderness, Endangered Species?

Should The Wilderness Act and the Endangered Species Act be suspended in areas along the U.S.-Mexico border to allow the Border Patrol to perform its job?
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Fall and Winter Are Prime Seasons for Camping in These Parks

Campsite at Organ Pipe Cactus Nat. Mon.
It's just too hot to enjoy camping in some parks during the summer, but fall and winter are prime times for outdoor activity in those areas. Here's a sampling of NPS sites where the "off season" in the rest of the country can be the best season for camping.

Rules! Rules! Rules!

Yes, yes, I know that you always consult the Superintendent’s Compendium of designations, closures, permit requirements and other restrictions as required under Title 36 Code of Federal Regulation § 1.7(b) before visiting a national park. But do you really know all you need to know to be a responsible park visitor?
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