Is America’s ‘Best Idea’ at Stake?

Republicans and the Trump administration are trying to reduce the number of national monuments, which would put once-protected land up for commercial use.

House Proposal Would Drastically Overhaul National Monument Guidelines

Critics are saying the legislation is a "radical attempt to undermine the Antiquities Act, which is really one of our nation’s most important conservation tools."

Controversy Continues to Dog New National Monument in Maine

But North Woods residents hope it will generate more activity in their fading economy.

For Governors, Zinke’s National Monument Recommendations Remain a Mystery

“Our staff has been actively requesting the information from the Interior Department, as well as the White House, and we have not yet received it,” according to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s press secretary.

Zinke’s National Monument Review Sent to Trump

Details are mostly under wraps, but the Interior secretary said no monuments would be eliminated. There could be, however, unspecified changes to a “handful.”

Minnesota Officials Face Baffled Fury Among Walleye Anglers. Again.

Fishing enthusiasts continue to seethe with anger at the state as it seeks new solutions to a tricky problem.

25 Boats Full of Angry Walleye Protesters Surround Minnesota Governor During Lake Outing

Also in our State and Local Weekend News Digest: Large swath of Los Angeles loses power; Dallas pension debacle finger-pointing; and Spokane’s ozone pollution problem.

Chris Christie's Day at the Beach

The New Jersey governor was photographed at a beach he’d ordered closed because of a budget impasse.

How Denver Is Preparing to Battle a Catastrophic Tree-Killing Pest

“I’m beautiful, I’m nasty, and I’m coming to kill your ash tree,” according to the “Smart Ash” campaign.

Interior Secretary Recommends That Bears Ears National Monument Should Be Shrunk

Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted an initial report to the White House about the national monument in Utah, which some GOP officials have characterized as an Obama-era land grab.

Indiana County Returns Artifacts Taken From Tribal Graves

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Kentucky’s AG threatens lawsuit over education board reorganization; an obscure Texas election code; and Minnesota’s meth problem.

A New Kind of Park Along Memphis’ Waterfront

RiverPlay highlights the city’s effort to connect its civic assets to promote integration.

Trekking Up the ‘First Road’ in the Last Frontier

PHOTOS: This historic—and stunningly beautiful—mountain route put Alaska’s capital city on the map.

Outsourcing Proposal in Maine Worries Parks Advocates

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Ohio prisoner plan would pay county governments; Pa. Senate bill would undermine rules from Philly and Pittsburgh; and flu numbers jump in Connecticut.

Can Trump Undo Obama's California Coastal Protections?

While some believe that Congress has the right to claw back the decisions, there has not yet been a legal challenge to a presidential monument proclamation.

Video: Parks as Drivers of Social Equity

Cities from Portland, Oregon to Denver are exploring how the even distribution of civic resources can improve opportunities for all residents.

How a Park Gave Wellston, Mo., a Sense of Place

The National Recreation and Park Association teamed up with St. Louis' regional parks and trails district to create a community center.

Are Taxpayers Willing to Pony Up for Parks?

They were in Seattle and elsewhere. And counties from California to Ohio have proposed parks levies for the November ballot, whether it’s to simply maintain park space or add more in underserved areas.