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    PNS Weekend Update - May 23, 20150 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown: The U.S. Senate shoots down a comprise on domestic spying; a new survey finds a majority of voters in the Lone Star State oppose LGBT discrimination; and a safety mindset for boaters over this long Memorial Day weekend.

Endangered Species & Wildlife

PHOTO: Summer vacation adventures on public lands could change dramatically if the push to turn federal lands over to state control succeeds, and there have been moves to do that in both the U.S. House and Senate. Photo of beach-goers at Assateague Island courtesy of the National Park Service.

AUGUSTA, Maine – Summer vacation adventures on public lands could change dramatically if the push to turn federal lands over to state control succeeds. Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, warns allowing state control would lock up lands for private development, and other parc ...Read More

PHOTO: U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is being asked by New Mexico's U.S. senators to take a closer look at federal government's oil and gas development policies near Chaco Culture National Historic Park. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico's congressional delegation is asking U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to monitor a possible escalation of fracking in an area considered sacred by many Native Americans. In a letter to Jewell, Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan stress t ...Read More

PHOTO: A Kenyan university student inspired by Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai has spent the past five months learning about reforestation by planting spruce trees in West Virginia. Photo courtesy of CASRI.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Kenyan college student is getting ready to take home lessons he learned over five months working in West Virginia's spruce reforestation. University of Nairobi political science major Mart Kabochi, 22, has been in the state since the beginning of the year and has worked as an ...Read More

PHOTO: New analysis predicts that one in six species could become extinct as a result of climate change if no action is taken. Photo credit: Mbz1/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas – A new study predicts that as the planet's temperature rises, plant and animal species will become extinct at an increasing rate. The report combines data from every climate extinction model ever published to arrive at its conclusions. The study's author, Mark Urban, an ecol ...Read More

PHOTO: Bees are disappearing in Illinois and around the globe, and scientists say a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids are contributing to the decline in bee colonies.  Photo credit: miniperium/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The sound of a buzzing bee may signal the threat of a sting, but it also means the important pollinators are doing their job as part of a balanced ecosystem. Elizabeth Ouzts, communications director with Environment America, says not only do bees keep gardens beautiful, t ...Read More

PHOTO: Virginia's beach tourism industry groups are opposing plans to open up the Atlantic coast to offshore drilling. Photo by Krystle Chick and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's beach tourism industry is unifying against offshore drilling in the Atlantic. The state's beach resort, restaurant, hotel and tourism trade groups have issued statements against expanded drilling, something the oil industry is pressing for in Washington. According to co ...Read More

PHOTO: Charlotte recently was recognized as a Certified Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Photo courtesy: Chris North/NCWF

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Six North Carolina cities now are designated as Wildlife Friendly Communities by the National Wildlife Federation. Charlotte is the most recent to make the list and the largest city east of the Mississippi to receive the recognition, said Tim Gestwicki, chief executive of the Nort ...Read More

PHOTO:  The fisher is a medium-sized carnivore that is on the brink of extinction partly because of vehicle collisions. Californians can help biologists protect them by reporting roadkill to wildlifecrossing.net.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - About 1 million animals are killed on America's roads every day, pushing some species to the brink of extinction. The problem is particularly acute in California's national forests and parks, including Yosemite, where conservationists are building special tunnels for wildlife to ...Read More

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