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Ancient sequoia trees threatened by growing wildfire in California’s Sierra Nevada

The Paradise and Colony fires have combined to create the KNP Complex fire which is burning through Sequoia and Kings Canyon parks.

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How crowded are America's national parks? See for yourself

Americans are flocking to national parks in record numbers, in many cases leading to long lines and overcrowded facilities. Here’s what four parks looked like over the holiday weekend.

Thawing permafrost prompts Denali National Park to reimagine its future

Much of the ground in Alaska's Denali is losing its top layer of permafrost, resulting in landslides and a sometimes-blocked park road.

Deb Haaland wants to restore national monuments slashed by Trump

Deb Haaland, the interior secretary, has advised President Biden to reinstate boundaries at Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, and also in a marine area off New England. All were reduced by former President Donald J. Trump.

Fisher rewilding: How Washington State is restoring a native carnivore

Years of work in the Pacific Northwest is paying off. It started with preserving the ecosystem so native species would have something to return to.

Pathways to net-zero emissions; climate change in our National Parks

How can we get to net-zero emissions by 2050? And, can we save our National Parks from climate change?

Allegheny National Forest grows over 500 acres with land transfer

Land transfer from the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to ANF will protect views along Wild and Scenic Clarion River corridor.

Climate change shifts how we protect national parks

The National Parks Service has issued new guidance on how best to prioritize conservation efforts in the face of intensifying climate change.

Governments achieve target of protecting 17% of land globally

An area greater than the land mass of Russia has been added to the world's network of national parks and conservation areas since 2010, amid growing pressure to protect nature.

What to save? Climate change forces brutal choices at national parks

For decades, the core mission of the Park Service was absolute conservation. Now ecologists are being forced to do triage, deciding what to safeguard - and what to let slip away.


Nine fires were started in the Everglades in two months. Federal authorities want to know who caused them

While human-caused fires are not unheard of at the park, officials with the National Park Service said they haven't seen them at this frequency.

Opinion: Women of Bears Ears are asking you to help save it

Will sacred lands protected by President Obama be protected once again?

Tracking environmental actions under Biden

President Biden is unwinding Donald Trump’s environmental legacy, while forging his own. The Washington Post is chronicling every step.

Timothy Egan: Visited a national park this year? Now, help save it

More people than ever visited national parks during the pandemic. We need to harness that interest for change.

David Roberts: A sacred place undone by Trump must be saved by Biden

Bears Ears is one of the nation’s most compelling and mysterious landscapes and a place of worship for Native Americans.
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