National Parks

Bottlenose dolphin is an 'attention seeker', says National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger

Esther Han "She is an attention seeker," says Peter Bergman, a ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, of a bottlenose dolphin that has been making friends up and down the NSW coast for 18 months.

Prospectors get green light to search in national parks

Francine Gilbert.

Tom Arup Weekend gold and gem hunters will be allowed to operate in more national parks in Victoria after the state government gave the green light for eight areas to be opened up.

O'Farrell government rejects call for logging in national parks

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Peter Hannam The O'Farrell government has rejected calls from an inquiry led by the Shooters and Fishers Party to allow logging in reserved areas

Forestry industry backs call for logging in national parks

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Sean Nicholls, Peter Hannam The forestry industry has accused the state government of failing to meet its commitments to timber supply and backed the recommendation of a parliamentary inquiry that national parks be opened up...

Logging looms in national parks

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Sean Nicholls Logging would be allowed in NSW national parks and a freeze imposed on the declaration of new conservation areas under recommendations of a state parliamentary inquiry.

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Recreational hunting in national parks under fire after joey shot by stray arrow

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Anna Patty THE government's decision to allow hunting of feral animals in national parks has raised concerns that native animals will be caught in the crossfire.

National parks to be opened up for development

Baillieu government green-lights private development in national parks.

Tom Arup Victoria's national parks will be open for private development under a shake-up unveiled by the state government.

World's national parks expand - but short of target

Protected areas for wildlife have expanded worldwide to cover a land area the size of Russia in the past two decades, but far more parks and reserves are needed to meet a 2020 target, a study shows.

Party locked and loaded to go hunting in national parks

Brian Robins The Shooters and Fishers Party wants the new state government to allow the hunting of feral animals in national parks along with a review of marine parks, saying ''political'' factors underscored...

Beached whales point to population rebound

Dead humpback whale at Wallabi Point on the NSW Mid-North Coast.

Peter Hannam Two dead humpback whales have washed up on NSW beaches in recent days, prompting a reminder for swimmers to avoid getting too close to the giant “shark magnets”.

What lies beneath

NOT FOR SYNDICATION - FAIRFAX PHOTOS OUT - A Salt Water Crocodile surfaces at Dawn on Yellow Water Billabong in Kakadu National Park Photo Glenn Campbell

Stephanie Wood The Top End's crocodile population has bounced back since the animals were protected, and stakeholders agree that resolving the sometimes deadly conflict between crocs and humans is a priority.

Native vegetation bill a seed of contention

Peter Hannam Coalition divisions over native vegetation clearing laws are likely to be tested on Monday with the Baird cabinet expected to discuss a bill by the Shooters and Fishers party that green groups say...

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Little does it: A little penguin plays in the sun at Manly.

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NSW logging review a farce, green groups say

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Nicole Hasham A coalition of environment groups has quit a state government logging review in disgust, saying the process is “deeply flawed” and threatened species and streams are imperilled.

South Africa to evacuate hundreds of rhinos

White rhino in Kruger

South Africa plans to evacuate hundreds of rhino from Kruger National Park to safe havens out of horn smugglers' reach.

Tourist crashes drone into famous hot spring at Yellowstone National Park

The Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone National Park.

Park puzzles over how to find and extract the drone after it sank into the depths of Grand Prismatic Spring.

Forest thinning in conservation areas should be subsidised, NSW report recommends

Forests near Coonabarabran

Peter Hannam Taxpayers are being asked to subsidise logging in four ecologically sensitive state conservation areas in northern NSW, according to a draft report of the Natural Resources Commission.

Snow finally falls on the Alps with more on the way

Crowds turned out for the first decent snowfall of the year at Perisher on June 15.

Henry Belot The long wait for snow on the peaks of the Snowy Mountains came to an end on Sunday with meteorologists predicting perfect conditions for snow making and further falls this week.

Planning ignored NSW state agencies in giving coalmining expansion the nod

Waratah Rivulet,  which supplies as much as half of the inflow to Woronora Reservoir.

Peter Hannam The Baird government has been accused of ignoring the advice of its own agencies in allowing the expansion of underground coalmining into Sydney’s protected water catchment area.

NSW state budget 2014 pays scant attention to climate change, coal seam gas

More resources set aside for fire fighting.

Peter Hannam Two of the biggest environment issues – climate change and coal seam gas – are all but ignored in this year's state budget with neither terms appearing in the 511-page budget estimates 2014-15 tome.