Environment

Grand Canyon National Park
Laundry, camp showers and other services are back to normal at Grand Canyon National Park, which has imposed water conservation measures a number of times this summer.
Sep. 28, 2022
a cactus against a sunset
The Bureau of Land Management has been working to update a management plan for the Sonoran Desert National Monument, and, after years of work, the agency is winding up the public comment period for the latest version of the plan.
Sep. 28, 2022
Apache trout
After years of restocking and recovery efforts, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that it will recommend delisting it at the end of the year.
Sep. 27, 2022
This is the Echo Canyon Trailhead entrance area at Camelback Mountain.
The Echo Canyon Trailhead near Camelback Mountain will be closed Monday due to an ongoing pavement project. The Town of Paradise Valley will be making road improvements on McDonald Drive located near the trailhead.
Sep. 25, 2022
Scottsdale
Last week, the Scottsdale City Council approved an ordinance preventing homeowners’ associations from forcing people to overseed their lawns. Overseeding is a popular fall procedure in Arizona used to convert summer grass into a more lush winter variety.
Sep. 24, 2022
Smoke curls in the air above the Pipeline Fire burning near Flagstaff
Wildfire season in Arizona turned out to be mild compared to past years. Last year, 1,600 fires burned about 530,000 acres of forest in the state.
Sep. 23, 2022
Bureau of Land Management sign
Conservationists say that the Bureau of Land Management could have a major role to play in the Biden administration’s America the Beautiful Initiative, which would set aside about a third of American public lands for conservation. Arizona conservationists want their state to be part of that effort.
Sep. 21, 2022
Tonto National Forest
Arizona has millions of acres of public land that residents can use for outdoor recreation. On Saturday, parks, monuments and forests around the country will celebrate that legacy.
Sep. 21, 2022
Wildfires are growing more frequent and severe, and wildfire season has lengthened by almost three months since the late-1970s. Experts say it’s time to think beyond battling these inevitable blazes and find a way to live with them.
More Arizona science news
Sep. 20, 2022
javelina family
A pair of conservation groups are looking at how wildlife is affected by the 30-foot steel bollard border wall built by the Trump administration.
Sep. 19, 2022
Raindrops on flowers
Much cooler weather is on the way later this week in Phoenix. While the workweek is expected to begin with high temperatures above 100 degrees, Phoenix National Weather Service Meteorologist Gabriel Lojero predicts wet conditions soon.
Sep. 18, 2022
Flagstaff Arizona sign I-17 North
The city of Flagstaff is receiving $32.5 million from the federal government as part of the Downtown Mile project to invest into pedestrian safety and infrastructure.
Sep. 16, 2022
sprinklers
Fall is overseeding season in Arizona — when residents transform their lawns to a greener, winter turf. But with the Southwest battling a historic drought and water cuts, the city of Mesa is encouraging residents to limit or forgo their overseeding efforts this year.
Sep. 16, 2022
children lined up to view electric school bus
The largest school district in the Navajo Nation has received its first electric school buses. Some students in the Chinle Unified School District experienced their first rides in electric vehicles this week.
Sep. 15, 2022
Electrify America electric car charging station connector
The Biden-Harris administration announced that plans were approved for 33 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, for developing infrastructure to support a nationwide charging network for electric vehicles. Arizona's plan is one of them.
Sep. 15, 2022
l Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve
Conservation groups in Sonora, Mexico, are circulating an online petition to keep power lines out of a protected area near the Arizona-Sonora border.
Sep. 15, 2022
Camelback Mountain
After being closed for two years, Camelback Mountain’s Cholla Trail is set to reopen on Sept. 30. The Phoenix trail closed for construction and a realignment that moved the start of the trailhead from Cholla Lane to Invergordon Road.
Sep. 14, 2022
Raúl Grijalva
A House subcommittee took up three bills to advance tribal co-management and preservation Wednesday, and one of the bills focused on a proposed Arizona conservation area.
Sep. 14, 2022
downtown tucson
Community leaders in Tucson hosted an online meeting this week on emergency preparedness as climate change forces cities to address and plan for natural disasters.
Sep. 14, 2022
Lake Mead barrels
Average water levels at Lake Mead rose by 4 feet during the month of September, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. Orestes Morfin, a senior planning analyst at the Central Arizona Project, says not to get too excited with the high levels.
Sep. 13, 2022

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