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Trash Gathered at National Parks Reveals Need to Speed Plastic Phaseout

Trash Gathered at National Parks Reveals Need to Speed Plastic Phaseout

From July 1 to September 30 of this year, more than 500 citizen scientists recorded the litter they encountered at national parks and federal lands across the country as part of the Plastic-Free Parks TrashBlitz. Now, the results are in and they indicate that policy makers need to speed up their timeline for getting single-use […]

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    Join the Plastic-Free Parks TrashBlitz

    Join the Plastic-Free Parks TrashBlitz

    People visiting U.S. national parks and other wild spaces are advised to leave no trace of their presence on the plants, animals and ecosystems they visit. Despite this, the Department of the Interior (DOI), which manages the nation’s parks, produced almost 80,000 tons of solid waste in 2020, much of it plastic. But what if […]

    More Than 30 Yosemite Sites Vandalized With Spray Paint

    More Than 30 Yosemite Sites Vandalized With Spray Paint

    The National Park Service is calling on the public to help track down the culprits who used spray paint to vandalize sites throughout Yosemite National Park last month. Spray paint was found on rocks and other sites along a popular trail in the park. NPS rangers began receiving calls about the vandalism on May 20, […]

    Hudson Canyon Proposed as Next National Marine Sanctuary

    Hudson Canyon Proposed as Next National Marine Sanctuary

    President Biden has announced interest in designating the Hudson Canyon, located from the New York/New Jersey Harbor and stretching 400 nautical miles out to the ocean, as the next national marine sanctuary. The Hudson Canyon is the largest underwater canyon in the U.S. side of the Atlantic Ocean, reaching about 2 miles deep and over […]

    U.S. Voters Want Plastic Out of National Parks, Poll Finds

    U.S. Voters Want Plastic Out of National Parks, Poll Finds

    A vast majority of U.S. voters want to ban single-use plastics from national parks.  Ocean conservation group Oceana released the results of a poll Thursday that found that 82 percent of registered U.S. voters surveyed would be happy if the National Park Service (NPS) stopped selling and distributing any single-use plastic items.  “National parks have […]

    Up to 900 Bison to Be Removed From Yellowstone This Winter

    Up to 900 Bison to Be Removed From Yellowstone This Winter

    As many as 900 bison could be removed from Yellowstone National Park this winter. Wildlife officials and tribal entities agreed on Wednesday to the number of the large mammals that could be either hunted, slaughtered or quarantined this winter, The New York Times reported. “Allowing the bison population to grow indefinitely could cause overgrazing in […]