The 2020 elections will determine which voices dominate public land debates

Republicans and Democrats take sharply different positions on managing US public lands, but there's solid consensus on some issues.

James R. Skillen, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Calvin University • conversation
Oct. 6, 2020 ~10 min

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National parks may also preserve trait diversity

In addition to providing homes for endangered and threatened species, national parks can protect the trait diversity of mammals, new research finds.

Jeff Falk-Rice • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

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American environmentalism's racist roots have shaped global thinking about conservation

US ideas about conservation center on walling off land from use. That approach often means expelling Indigenous and other poor people who may be its most effective caretakers.

Prakash Kashwan, Co-Director, Research Program on Economic and Social Rights, Human Rights Institute, and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science., University of Connecticut • conversation
Sept. 2, 2020 ~11 min

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National parks – even Mount Rushmore – show that there's more than one kind of patriotism

President Trump is scheduled to appear at an Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore on July 3. For some, this event will symbolize love of country. Others will see it very differently.

Jennifer Ladino, Professor of English, University of Idaho • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~9 min

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Invasive species threaten most protected areas across the world - new study

Our research investigated 900 'alien' species across almost 200,000 protected areas worldwide.

Tim Blackburn, Professor of Invasion Biology , UCL • conversation
June 8, 2020 ~6 min

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Why West African lions don’t avoid hunting areas

Images from camera traps show West African lions venturing out of protected areas and closer to humans. Researchers have an idea why.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~7 min

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How a Serengeti park road could alter lives

Would a road bisecting Serengeti National Park reduce poverty and aid conservation, or facilitate poaching and disrupt animal migration?

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
March 22, 2019 ~4 min

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National parks in Senegal may save chimps

Gold and iron mining in West Africa eat up space where chimpanzees like to hang out, but national parks may keep them safe.

Kayla Zacharias-Purdue • futurity
March 20, 2019 ~5 min

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