National Parks

Prospectors get green light to search in national parks

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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.

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

A lone dolphin herds beachgoers off Shelley beach today.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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 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.

Log protected areas, government advisers say

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Nicole Hasham Protected forest areas should be logged and native trees burnt for electricity or sold as firewood and sawlog, under recommendations from the Baird government's natural resource advisers.

Fears proposed land clearing changes put threatened species at risk

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Nicole Hasham Environmental laws that protect threatened species and limit how farmers clear native bush will be rewritten, prompting fears from conservationists that vulnerable plants and animals are under attack.

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.

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.

Anglers warned to look out for illegal yabby traps in ACT waterways

Megan Gorrey Canberra anglers have been urged to look out for illegal yabby traps which have been spotted in territory tackle shops, and pose a serious threat to native wildlife.

Woronora Reservoir source dries up: longwall coalmining gets blame

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Peter Hannam Coalmining under part of Sydney's water catchment has resulted in an important feeder pool being completely drained and has also triggered extensive iron contamination, water specialists said after...

Obama unveils plans to combat climate change

President Barack Obama, who has vowed to make fighting global warming a focus of his remaining years in office, unveiled initiatives to mitigate what aides say are the effects of an already changing...

Cattle return to Alpine National Park

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Tom Arup Cattle have returned to the Alpine National Park for the first time in three years, with animals released in recent days under the Napthine government's grazing trial.

Push for NSW to develop world-class walking tracks

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Kirsty Needham Virgin Australia founder Brett Godfrey has approached the NSW government with a proposal to operate the state's first ''great walk'', building private lodges within the Blue Mountains national park.