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National parks see decline in ranger force, even as the number of rescues increases

by KJZZ | July 25, 2022
“Well overall Park Service staffing has been going down for the last 20 years, even as visitation has been going up, there are new parks, and new acreage, and things like that,” said Jeff Ruch of the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. “And law ...

Report gives Biden administration’s Bureau of Land Management mixed reviews

by KJZZ | July 20, 2022
The nonprofit says the administration has made progress in fixing agency-wide problems, but there is plenty of room for improvement, particularly in the area of climate change. “Oil and gas leasing on public lands contributes to greenhouse gasses, emissions, and also the livestock ...

Watchdog Group Says National Parks Lack Long-Term Planning

by KJZZ | September 8, 2021
“Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility has released a report that says a number of America’s national parks have failed to create long-term plans. The lack of planning comes as parks face growing problems. The National Park Service has been without a director for about ...

Zion National Park’s cell tower secret

by KJZZ | April 30, 2021
“As the weather warms up, many of us are thinking about getting outdoors. For a lot of Utahns, that means enjoying one of our Mighty Five national parks. But the 2News Investigative Team found that one park was operating in secret — at least when it came to adding a cell tower ...

Investigating cell service, tower permits in Utah’s national parks

by KJZZ | April 27, 2021
“Cellular service inside National Parks in the United States used to be a foreign concept. But more and more our national parks are adding cellular towers. In fact, a recent inventory from the park service shows 109 towers in 33 parks. However, the Public Employees for Environmental ...