Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness in Arizona
Every couple of years, the Bureau of Land Management asks for public input on lands that might be landlocked or hard to reach, but the latest window for public comment is about to close.
Jun. 27, 2022
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park had four and a half million visitors last year, which helped boost the northern Arizona economy. A National Park Service report shows that visitors spent more than $710 million last year in the Canyon’s gateway communities.
Jun. 27, 2022
sea turtle
Seven species of sea turtles swim the world’s oceans, nearly all of them threatened or endangered by climate change, poaching and entanglement in fishing gear, among other threats. Five of those turtle species make their way into Mexico’s Gulf of California, where a family in the small Sonoran fishing town of Kino Bay is working to protect the turtles that reach its coasts.
Jun. 26, 2022
Payson sign
Researchers say too much fuel in the forest can lead to bigger and hotter wildfires. So a coalition of government agencies and private interests are working to thin the forest near Payson. With wildfires burning throughout the state, it’s easy to forget that fire is part of nature.
Jun. 22, 2022
A female Mexican gray wolf in Saguaro National Park
A program to reintroduce Mexican gray wolves into the wild has been controversial, and new reporting in the Intercept finds abuse in the system to compensate ranchers whose livestock were killed by wolves.
Jun. 22, 2022
The Bureau of Land Management is seeking input on lands access.
Jun. 21, 2022
Lees Ferry
Arizona Sens. Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema announced last week that Arizona will receive more than $5 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for outdoor recreation and conservation projects.
Jun. 20, 2022
Colorado River in Yuma
Dams serve a variety of purposes, from energy generation to flood control. But new research on China’s Yellow River suggests dams actually can raise flood risk by altering the makeup and structure of lowland riverbeds.
Jun. 17, 2022
Monsoon season is just beginning, but mosquitoes are already carrying the West Nile virus.
Jun. 17, 2022
Alamos Conservation
Sonoran legislators have unanimously approved a measure that will help conserve private land across the state. Conservation experts see it as a major step forward in protecting habitat and wildlife.
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Jun. 17, 2022
Lake Powell
Arizona’s largest reservoirs generate electricity for a number of western states and are widely considered sources of clean energy. But conservationists are beginning to question how clean that power is.
Jun. 15, 2022
Humpback Chub
A key fish that has dwelt in the Colorado River since ancient times, and whose presence indicates a healthy river, is now up against a threat from a giant dam above.
Jun. 15, 2022
solar panels
Renewable energy is considered critical in the effort to reduce impacts of climate change, but large wind and solar projects can also have environmental consequences.
Jun. 14, 2022
border patrol patch
Some Border Patrol agents in Arizona will be equipped with heat stress kits this summer — with tools to respond to migrants suffering from heat-related illnesses amid triple-digit temperatures.
Jun. 13, 2022
plastic bags
Last week, Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland announced that her department would look for ways to phase out single-use plastics on public lands by 2032.
Jun. 13, 2022
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has confirmed cases of avian influenza, or bird flu. This strain of cases has killed 37 million birds across the U.S., but these are the first cases found in the Southwest.
Jun. 12, 2022
Arizona eryngo flowering
A rare plant that depends on wetlands for survival is now on the federal endangered species list, a designation that environmentalists say will boost efforts to protect the last free-flowing river in the desert Southwest.
Jun. 11, 2022
Prescribed Burn
As the wildfire seasons continue to get worse in the West, the American Lung Association says air quality is getting worse, too. A new report from the Association says prescribed burns are key to maintaining a healthy environment.
Jun. 9, 2022
Colorado River
A new study led by the Bureau of Reclamation found an extreme drought impacted the upper Colorado River Basin almost 2,000 years ago.
Jun. 9, 2022
Grand canyon interior
The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources heard testimony on the Grand Canyon Protection Act on Tuesday.
Jun. 7, 2022


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