The majority of the National Park Service board just resigned

January 17, 2018 by  
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The majority of the 12-person National Park System Advisory Board (NPSAB) resigned this week because President Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke was unwilling to meet with them, according to NPR . Democrat Tony Knowles, former governor of Alaska, said in a resignation letter “…from all of the events of this past year I have a profound concern that the mission of stewardship, protection, and advancement of our National Parks has been set aside.” The National Park Service (NPS) advisory board was first authorized in 1935, and today more than three-quarters of its members have left their seats. In the January 15 letter Knowles said that he will remain dedicated to the success of America’s national parks, but “For the last year we have stood by waiting for the chance to meet and continue the partnership between the NPSAB and the DOI [Department of the Interior] as prescribed by law. We understand the complexity of transition but our requests to engage have been ignored and the matters on which we wanted to brief the new Department team are clearly not part of its agenda.” Related: Ryan Zinke recommends shrinking two more national monuments Nine board members signed that letter, and all of their terms were set to expire in May. Today a tenth member – whose term doesn’t expire until 2021 – resigned as well. Project Concern International CEO Carolyn Hessler Radelet submitted a similar letter to Zinke. According to The Washington Post , this move means the federal government lacks a functioning body to “designate national historic or natural landmarks.” The publication said it also shows how federal advisory bodies have been marginalized in Trump’s administration . Zinke suspended outside committees back in May of last year for his staff to review their work. Interior spokesperson Heather Swift said boards restarted in an email to The Washington Post earlier this month, but didn’t provide other details. The two people remaining on the board at this time are University of Maryland professor Rita Colwell and Harvard University professor Linda Blimes, who told The Washington Post she didn’t resign as she’s currently conducting research funded by the National Park Foundation and wants to finish. Their terms are up in May. Via NPR and The Washington Post (1 , 2 , 3) Images by Casey Horner on Unsplash , Gage Skidmore on Flickr and NPS

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President Obama establishes controversial new National Park in Northern Maine

August 25, 2016 by  
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In honor of the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary, President Obama declared the establishment and protection of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, a new National Park site in Northern Maine . Katahdin Woods “may be one of the last, large national parks that we see in our lifetime,” said Theresa Pierno, chief executive of the National Parks Conservation Association. More than 87,500 acres of woodland wilderness were donated to the National Park Service by Roxanne Quimby, co-founder of Maine-based Burt’s Bees. President Obama’s declaration puts an end to a contentious process, which has pitted conservationists against local residents and Maine politicians. The region is home to lynx, bears, brook trout and moose, as well as rare birds such as gray jays, boreal chickadees and the American three-toed woodpecker. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is located in the North Maine Woods region, where the decline of the paper industry has left the economy weakened. Locals expressed concern that a National Park designation would further threaten their livelihoods through increased regulations and restrictions. The Maine Legislature and Governor also opposed the creation of the Monument. “It’s sad that rich, out-of-state liberals can team up with President Obama to force a national monument on rural Mainers who do not want it,” said Governor LePage (R). Related: Tiny Off-Grid Cabin in Maine is Completely Self-Sustaining Despite the requirement of an act of Congress to create a National Park, Maine’s congressional delegation refused to introduce such a measure. President Obama maneuvered around this opposition by using the authority granted by the Antiquities Act of 1906, which allows the President to create National Monuments without Congressional approval. To accommodate this strong opposition, the establishment of Katahdin Woods has been shaped by compromise. The new National Monument will be the only National Park Services site that allows hunting , though the killing of bears will remain forbidden. Snowmobiling, a popular local pastime, will also be allowed on all existing trails at the site. The site is not without its supporters in Maine. Angus King, independent US Senator and former governor of Maine, said that “the benefits of the designation will far outweigh any detriment” and a National Park site “will provide much-needed diversity to the region’s economy .” “This isn’t the only monument that has been criticized, and our governor isn’t the only governor who has criticized a monument,” says Lucas St. Clair, organizer of the pro-park campaign. “From the Grand Tetons to the Everglades , it’s a theme in the creation of these parks. But I think time will help heal these divisions.” Via Washington Post Images via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region  and North Maine Woods Inc.

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Unexplained Holes Capable of Swallowing a Human Appear at National Park Sand Dunes

April 29, 2014 by  
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The Park Service has to close down portions of parks all the time for wide range of reasons, but this is the first time we have heard of one being shut down because it can swallow a person whole. Officials have announced the indefinite closure of a large sand dune near Lake Michigan known as Mount Baldy after mysterious quicksand-like holes began opening up in dune. Last summer one of the holes swallowed a 6-year old boy as he crossed the sand, and though rescuers were luckily able to recover the boy  at this point no one is sure why the holes have appeared or what can be done to stop them. Read the rest of Unexplained Holes Capable of Swallowing a Human Appear at National Park Sand Dunes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Erin Argyilan , erosion , erosion Mount Baldy , Lake Michigan erosion , Lake Michigan national parks , Lake Michigan sand dune holes , manmade soil erosion , Mount Baldy , Mount Baldy closed , Mount Baldy dune , Mount Baldy holes , Mount Baldy Indiana Dunes , Mount Baldy Lake Michigan , Mount Baldy mysterious holes , Mount Baldy park , Mount Baldy quicksand , Mount Baldy sinkholes , National Park Service , sand dunes , soil erosion

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Crissy Field Center is Dedicated to Environmental Youth Education in San Francisco

April 22, 2013 by  
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Crissy Field Center is Dedicated to Environmental Youth Education in San Francisco

April 22, 2013 by  
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50 Year Old Buckminster Fuller Project Gets a $7 Million Upgrade

November 8, 2011 by  
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Solar Cucumber Harvests Fresh Drinking Water From the Ocean

November 8, 2011 by  
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The ‘ Solar Cucumber ‘ is an innovative desalination plant design with the potential to help water-starved communities in coastal environments. The solar-powered desalination unit turns seawater to drinkable freshwater at source, rather than miles away from the scene of a shortage. The mini bus unit uses multiple-effect humidification to evaporate and condense seawater while removing its salt content. Multiple-effect humidification replicates the normal environmental water cycle. In the case of the Solar Cucumber, it uses solar power and reverse osmosis to separate water from other substances, including salt. The system uses advanced non-stick-style materials to reduce maintenance and create an effectively self-cleaning system that produces fresh water and sea salt at source while reducing the need for costly and impractical transportation of water. In permanent off-shore installations, the Solar Cucumber’s anchor system would form part of an artificial reef encouraging the growth of local marine habitats and biodiversity. + Pauley 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: green design , multiple-effect humidification , phil pauley , social design , Solar Cucumber , Solar Power , sustainable design , water desalination , water issues , water purification

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London’s Deptford Cafe Transforms an Old Train Carriage Into an Eco Eatery

November 8, 2011 by  
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