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In new collaborations, tribes become stewards of parks and monuments

There's a growing movement to restore tribes’ role in managing the lands and waters within their ancestral territories. Many of America’s most cherished public lands were established only after the displacement of the Indigenous people who called them home.
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Oil and gas land sale nets $79M amid New Mexico climate concerns

A contentious auction of public land to the oil and gas industry brought in about $78.8 million to the federal government this week, amid outcry from New Mexico environmental groups calling for a halt on using the lands for fossil fuel drilling.

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Biden released a “nature-based-solutions” climate roadmap at COP27. What is that?

The phrase “nature-based solutions” is vague, and no one really knows what it means. “Is vinegar a nature-based cleaning solution?” one researcher joked with me.

Native guardians: Canada’s First Nations move to protect their lands

Native guardians: Canada’s First Nations move to protect their lands

Faced with mounting impacts from warming and a push for resource development, Indigenous communities in northern Canada are setting aside vast areas for protection and partnering with scientists on research that can help conserve their lands and way of life.

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Endangered status sought for snail near Nevada lithium mine

Conservationists are seeking Endangered Species Act protection for a tiny snail half the size of a pea that is known to exist only in high-desert springs near a huge lithium mine planned in Nevada along the Oregon state line.

How Australia’s Aboriginal people fight fire—with fire

How Australia’s Aboriginal people fight fire—with fire

They’ve revived the ancient practice of planned burning to renew and preserve their homelands, and help support their communities.

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The return of ‘good fire’ to eastern U.S. forests and grasslands

The return of ‘good fire’ to eastern U.S. forests and grasslands

Advocates say controlled burns are a critical solution to a range of problems, from biodiversity loss to wildfire risk to climate change. But they must overcome government regulations and a long-held view of fire as unnatural and threatening.

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