National Parks

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

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.

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...

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.

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.

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...

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...

Canberra cold snap revives winter a week after fire alerts

Snowfall at Thredbo.

Tom McIlroy Canberra's wet weather is set to continue for the rest of Monday, with forecasters predicting another 5 to 10 millimeters.

Survival is winning the numbers game

Animals

Peter Hannam, Nicole Hasham In a world dominated by big data and Google algorithms, we perhaps shouldn't be surprised the fate of a species facing extinction can hinge on a mathematical equation.

Blue Mountains panther spotted again

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Eamonn Duff Weeks after the government declared the Blue Mountains big cat file closed, a Sydney father has spoken of a terrifying encounter with a panther-like creature outside his home.

Western Sydney Conservation Alliance vows to keep native emu population running free

Father Emu

Anne Tarasov A western Sydney community has vowed to keep fighting to keep the last wild emu population living in the Sydney metropolitan area from being relocated by a housing developer.

Drinking water: Call for halt to coal mining as contamination level increases

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Peter Hannam Iron concentrations in a rivulet that feeds the Woronora Reservoir have doubled since the expansion of the Metropolitan Colliery, to levels which exceed Australian Drinking Water Guidelines by 30 per...

Suicide song: cicada sex racket risks death for chance at love

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Peter Munro The male cicada's mating call is as romantic as an AC/DC concert. It's more a slap in the face than sweet serenade.

Graziers rage at parks service's bushfire strategy

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Tim Barlass Animals are still dying a year after the devastating Coonabarabran bushfire as the first submissions to the upper house inquiry make more damning allegations against the National Parks and Wildlife...