Your used mask needs to make it to the trash can

They’re on beaches, in parking lots and on sidewalks. You probably won’t catch the coronavirus from a discarded mask, but the litter poses a risk to the environment.
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Sara Green: Federal act holds promising future for SC public lands and wildlife

South Carolinians and the wildlife that call the Palmetto State home have a promising future thanks to the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act. The bill could be the most important environmental law since the days of Teddy Roosevelt and now is on its way to the president's desk.


Congress is poised to pass Great American Outdoors Act

A bill that would provide billions of dollars to the National Park Service, the Forest Service and the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been called one of the most important environmental proposals in decades.

Bishop warns conservation bill could rob eastern states of forest money

Bishop’s push faces long odds given the Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has already announced a late July vote on the legislation.

Move to end 'ugly glow' pollution spilling into national park

The custodians of a national park look set to work with councils surrounding the protected area to tackle the "ugly glow" of light pollution spilling into the protected area.


Listening to silence: Why we must protect the world's quiet places

As more people push into once-remote areas, truly quiet spots have become increasingly scarce. Now, a coalition of activists, scientists, and park officials are trying to preserve the last quiet places on the planet.


Janice Brahney: You’re probably inhaling microplastics right now

A new study found plentiful evidence of these tiny particles in dust in the nation’s most remote places.

National parks are being overrun by invasive species

Causing more habitat damage than natural disasters, these creatures put native wildlife at risk. Here’s how you can help stop them.

How can the National Park Services work to be anti-racist?

Efforts are underway to make the outdoors more inclusive. But many Black travelers are still cautious to embrace America’s ‘best idea.’

Your road trip is not more important than Indian Country

Americans are itching to get out of the house while Native communities remain under quarantine.

Parks vs. people: In Guatemala, communities take best care of the forest

When Guatemala created a major reserve 30 years ago, environmentalists complained that too much land was entrusted to local people and not converted to parks. Now, community-run lands are well preserved than parks.


Discover the planet’s last few ‘naturally quiet’ places

From Taiwan to Washington state, peaceful places remind us that quiet has the power to heal, especially in these pandemic times.

Senate passes major bill, allocating $9.5 billion for national parks

Bipartisan legislation to fix up national parks and fully fund efforts to acquire and protect federal recreation holdings was seen as a way to help a pair of Western senators hold on to their seats.

Senate moves toward preserving public lands, and political careers

Despite some resistance within their ranks, Republicans are pushing a popular public lands bill that could help endangered colleagues, with an eye toward protecting their majority in November.
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