NorCal Family Defends Decision to Fatally Shoot Young Mountain Lion After the Killing Sparks Outcry — KTLA

The fatal shooting of a young mountain lion in Northern California that was part of a research project has set off angry criticism and left a family defending its actions. The Press Democrat reports Tuesday the mountain lion was trapped last week and fitted with an electronic collar as part of an Audubon Canyon Ranch research project.…

via NorCal Family Defends Decision to Fatally Shoot Young Mountain Lion After the Killing Sparks Outcry — KTLA

18 Million Trees Died In California Since End Of Drought — CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Eighteen million trees have died in California since the fall of 2017, even as the state emerged from a years-long drought, according to the USDA Forest Service. Federal and state officials say that tree mortality in the state has actually slowed since the drought was declared over in 2017-2018…

via 18 Million Trees Died In California Since End Of Drought — CBS Los Angeles

N.S. Highway 104 twinning project gets environmental approval from province — National Post

HALIFAX — The environmental assessment of a plan to twin a deadly 38-kilometre stretch of Nova Scotia’s Highway 104 has been approved by the province’s environment minister. In a decision released Tuesday, Margaret Miller says she’s satisfied any adverse or significant environmental effects can be mitigated…

via N.S. Highway 104 twinning project gets environmental approval from province — National Post

With Joshua Tree National Park Closed Amid Shutdown, Volunteers Struggle to Clean up After Unruly Visitors — KTLA

In this high desert enclave, Rand Abbott is a well-known man of action. He’s a paraplegic rock climber; a vocal lightning rod at town hall meetings; and a tireless promoter for the desert landscape and its resident creatures. So it came as little surprise to friends two weeks ago when he volunteered to clean restrooms…

via With Joshua Tree National Park Closed Amid Shutdown, Volunteers Struggle to Clean up After Unruly Visitors — KTLA