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Past articles by Rob:

Federal effort on NYC bridge helps boost poor neighborhoods

The renovation of the 1848 High Bridge is part of a wider effort to rebuild urban waterways. → Read More

Tribes push to co-manage public lands in historic hearing

At the first congressional hearing ever to focus on the dispossession of their land, Native American tribal members said they should have more authority → Read More

NATIONAL PARKS: Point Reyes National Seashore gets new superintendent

The National Park Service has chosen a 37-year agency veteran to lead Point Reyes National Seashore. → Read More

NEWSMAKER: From poverty to power: Deb Haaland's fast Washington rise

Rep. Deb Haaland holds a senior position on the Natural Resources Committee and is running for leadership. She's also being talked about as a potential Interior secretary in a Biden administration. → Read More

INTERIOR: Racist roots, lack of diversity haunt national parks

National parks, often romanticized as "America's Best Idea," are also one of its whitest. → Read More

NATIONAL PARKS: Democrats fume as NPS taps entry fees to pay for Trump bash

The National Park Service is under fierce attack following revelations the agency diverted $2.5 million of its entrance and recreation fees to pay for President Trump's Fourth of July military bash. → Read More

NATIONAL PARKS: Emails show scramble to dump Stonewall pride flag: 'Oy vey'

Fifty years after the historic Stonewall riots, emails released under the Freedom of Information Act show how Trump administration officials reacted to the first flying of the gay pride flag at a national monument. → Read More

NATIONAL PARKS: Trump's nominee to lead NPS lands new job

David Vela, President Trump's pick to lead the National Park Service, has received a new assignment as the agency's acting deputy director of operations, effective today. → Read More

FISHERIES: 'Frankenfish' is coming, but opponents vow to fight on

If all goes as planned, a Massachusetts biotechnology company will soon begin importing salmon eggs from a Canadian hatchery to its plant in Indiana, where they'll grow into the first genetically modified salmon ever produced in the United States. → Read More

NATIONAL PARKS: Grand Canyon chief resigns

Chris Lehnertz, the embattled superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park, resigned this morning, shocking the National Park Service and employees at one of the nation's most popular parks. → Read More

NATIONAL PARKS: Farewell to a historic farm: 'It's the ending of an era'

Catherine Anderson isn't sure what her next job will be, but she'll spend tomorrow packing up the gift shop at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm, a store she's managed for six years. → Read More

NATIONAL PARKS: Grand Canyon investigation triggers another shake-up

A federal probe has prompted a sudden leadership juggle at Grand Canyon National Park, with a new acting superintendent expected to arrive Sunday. → Read More

NATIONAL PARKS: 'OMG' — flag uproar after McCain's death

Newly released emails show how the National Park Service struggled hard to respond to the death of Sen. John McCain on Aug. 25, uncertain of how to fly its flags to honor the Arizona Republican. → Read More

YELLOWSTONE: This judge packs bear spray, protects bison, quotes Zappa

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK —- Judge Mark Carman says wildlife pose a greater threat to his safety than any angry defendants. → Read More

NOMINATIONS: Trump picks leaders for Park Service, EPA chemicals office

The White House said today the president had picked David Vela, the superintendent of Grand Teton National Park, to become the new director of the National Park Service and Alexandra Dapolito Dunn to lead EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. → Read More

INTERIOR: NPS scraps plan to ban sports on National Mall

The National Park Service has abandoned its plan to ban sports on the National Mall after a public outcry. → Read More

OCEANS: Sharks win the day as scientists promote more research

President Trump may still hate sharks, but they found a lot of love on Capitol Hill yesterday. → Read More

PUBLIC LANDS: To RSVP or not to RSVP? Parks face the question

California's Muir Woods National Monument made history last week, becoming the first national park to require year-round vehicle reservations. The controversial idea is gaining traction as more parks across the country face extreme crowding. → Read More

INTERIOR: Zinke juggles Park Service leadership

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today appointed P. Daniel Smith as the new acting director of the National Park Service, replacing Mike Reynolds, who's taking over as superintendent of Yosemite National Park. → Read More

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Trump admin proposes vastly expanded leasing

In a huge win for the oil and gas industry, the Trump administration today unveiled a new five-year plan that would allow more drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans. → Read More