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The most visited national park in the nation will now be run by a woman for the first time in its 85-year history. As CNBC explained, Tennessee native Lisa Hendy will become the Great Smokey Mountains National Park‘s chief ranger in April and help look after the 522,419 acres of protected land that runs between Tennessee and North Carolina, reports CNN. She will make the move after finishing her stint as the chief ranger at Big Bend National Park in Texas. Before that she served at a host of other national parks such as Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone.
CNN explained that a chief ranger oversees the division of the park that performs law enforcement duties, wildland fire operations, emergency medical services, search and rescue operations, and backcountry operations, according to the National Park Service. The position also has responsibility for staffing an emergency communications center. About 240 permanent and 80-plus seasonal employees work at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Catherine Flowers is an environmental justice advocate in Lowndes County, Ala., where she began her advocacy work after watching raw sewage leak into the yards of poor residents who lacked access to a municipal sewer system. Lowdnes County is one of the ten poorest counties in Alabama’s Black Belt–a part of the United States where […]
This week we talked with Justin Onwenu, a Sierra Club community organizer in Detroit working on environmental justice and the COVID-19 pandemic. Justin is a member of Michigan Governor Whitmer’s Environmental Justice Advisory Task Force and the Democratic National Committee’s Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis. Here are some of the highlights. On Environmental […]
In New Zealand, the votes from their election over the weekend are tallied and Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern notched a huge victory — the biggest for her Party since 1996. She received a mandate with the support of a majority in Parliament, and delivered the first 30 seconds of her victory address was […]
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