Oil exploration should not be allowed in Big Cypress National Preserve because of the risks it poses to the environment, wildlife, and potential wilderness, five congressional Democrats from Florida say in a letter asking Interior Department and National Park Service officials to halt energy exploration and development there.

Efforts by Burnett Oil Co. to extract oil from beneath the preserve's landscape also conflict with President Biden's commitment to halt “new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters" and to work to slow climate change, said the politicians.

We are among the Women of Bears Ears — Indigenous women who support our families and communities in the protections of ancestral lands. We come from Diné, Nuche, Pueblo and other allied Native Nations. From these Southwestern lands, twin buttes rise; they are known as Bears Ears.

We have been birthed into these lands. The umbilical cords of our ancestors are buried here. Our genealogies are intertwined.

BIG BASIN REDWOODS STATE PARK, Calif. (AP) — Eight months after a lightning siege ignited more than 650 wildfires in Northern California, the state’s oldest park — which was almost entirely ablaze — is doing what nature does best: recovering.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park is closed, but during a backcountry guided tour earlier this week, clusters of chartreuse shoots were budding on blackened redwood branches and trunks. Bright yellow bush poppies, white violets and star lilies dotted the scorched landscape. Hillsides of purple California lilac shrubs were fixing nitrogen in the soil. And new Knobcone pine trees, which need temperatures above 350 degrees to pop open their cones and drop their seeds, were sprouting.

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