White Sands officially becomes the 62nd national park

December 26, 2019 by  
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Last week, President Donald Trump signed legislation, seen here , designating White Sands National Park as the 62nd national park. Since 1933, the country’s largest gypsum dunefield has been a national monument. The recent signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (the 2020 defense spending bill), with a provision on White Sands, has now upgraded the national monument to its new national park status, thereby protecting its glistening white sand dunes, which are visible even from outer space. In 2018, a study conducted on eight national monuments that were upgraded to national parks found that redesignation increased visits by an average of 21 percent in the five years after redesignation. Projections further estimate that White Sands’ redesignation will bring $7.5 million in revenue and $3.3 million in labor income. Related: How national parks benefit the environment Wondering why the provision was included in the 2020 NDAA? The reason stems from White Sands National Monument sharing land with White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), the long-standing national military weapons testing area and site of the first atomic bomb detonation. By 1963, NASA established the White Sands Test Facility at WSMR, which eventually became the primary training ground for NASA space shuttle pilots and a rocket research test site. However, White Sands’ appeal goes beyond strategic military and aerospace history, extending to its geological, biological and anthropological assets. For instance, the endless dunes’ surreal beauty makes White Sands one of Earth’s natural wonders. Gypsum, which makes up the dunes, is a common sedimentary mineral, usually forming via precipitation from highly saline waters. Thus, White Sands’ landscape formed because Lake Otero dried up millennia ago . Its predominantly desert habitat today supports unique wildlife , with five endemic species and many well-adapted flora and fauna. Archaeologically, the area was home to hunter-gatherers as far back as 10,000 years ago and even has the planet’s largest collection of Ice Age fossilized footprints. “Our staff are very excited for White Sands to be recognized as a national park and to reintroduce ourselves to the American public,” shared Marie Sauter, superintendent of White Sands National Park. “We are so appreciative of our partners, local communities and congressional leaders who made this achievement possible and look forward to continued success working together.” With national park 36 CFR 2.1 protections, desert sand and other resources cannot be removed from White Sands. This ensures the ecosystem thrives and remains in tact for future generations to enjoy. + National Park Service Via EcoWatch Image via White Sands National Monument

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The World’s First Smart Microhabitat

February 16, 2016 by  
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One of the most devastating consequences of the destruction we’ve wreaked on this little blue and green planet of ours has been the extinction of so many flora and fauna. From strange looking dodo birds to great auk’s, and innumerable plant and…

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Keiko Suzuki Creates Charming Artwork with Hand-Teared Pieces of Recycled Newspaper

January 29, 2014 by  
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Keiko Suzuki  of Bless Hue carefully hand-tears pieces of newspaper, such as advertisements and photos, and turns them into a whimsical works of art . To assemble each work, all she uses is water, starch glue, an awl, an eraser, some paint brushes, and watercolor paper for her base. A mix of Keiko’s Japanese origin and inspiration taken from flora and fauna make each of her pieces one of a kind. + Keiko Suzuki The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bless Hue , Keiko Suzuki , paper art , paper artwork , recycled newspaper art        

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Carbon Nanotubes in Environment Affect The Growth of Algae

November 4, 2011 by  
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It’s still difficult to say how carbon nanotubes that make their way into the environment will affect flora and fauna, but some possibilities are already known

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10,000 Tar Sands Protesters Expected to Join Hands, Encircle White House

November 4, 2011 by  
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This weekend, Obama’s home will literally be surrounded. Thousands of Americans are expected to join together to call on the president to stop the Keystone XL.

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Oceana Launches Expedition to Learn Long-Term Effects of Gulf Oil Spill

August 9, 2010 by  
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Photo via Southerntabitha As BP pushes hard to shift attention away from the spill itself and on to clean-up and wrap-up efforts , Oceana has launched an expedition that will study the long-term effects of the disaster on the Gulf’s flora and fauna. Hopping aboard the 170-foot Oceana Latitude and using remotely operated vehicles, specialized divers and satellite tags, the team will investigate how the spill is impacting coral, fish, shark and other wi…

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Best of Green: Travel & Nature (Slideshow)

April 7, 2010 by  
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When it comes to reducing our carbon footprint and paying attention to how we treat the planet, we’re doing it for two main reasons – so that we can provide a healthy home for all the flora and fauna of the globe, and so that we get to enjoy those very plants and animals across the planet. That’s what’s behind this year’s Travel and Nature winners – ways to enjoy everything life has to offer, and celebrate all the amazing living creatures that call our planet home.

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NOAH iPhone App Lets You Document and Explore Local Wildlife

March 2, 2010 by  
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Images via NOAH There’s a reason to practice your iPhone photography skills like Trevor Reichman has done – more and more citizen scientists apps are popping up that put you in the driver’s seat for documenting the flora and fauna around your for science’s sake.

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Best and Worst of 2009: Critically Endangered Species at the End of the Year (Slideshow)

December 21, 2009 by  
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Image credit: Tim Herman/ IUCN This year, an incredible number of new species were discovered . Still, as 2009 draws to a close, the outlook for biodiversity on the planet is grimmer than ever.

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Sarah Wigglesworth Designs Christmas Tree From Bike Parts

December 21, 2009 by  
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TreeHugger favourite Sarah Wigglesworth has built a an eco-friendly Christmas Tree out of bicycle wheels borrowed from Re~Cycle , the UK charity that restores bikes and ships them to Africa.

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