National Parks

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Meridian Energy Group said Tuesday that it has begun site work for an oil refinery about 3 mi. from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota, though the project still faces hurdles, including a lawsuit by environmental groups.

BEIJING (AP) — The Bank of China has pledged at least 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) to create a massive giant panda conservation park in southwestern Sichuan province, the forestry ministry said March 8. The Sichuan branch of the central bank signed an agreement with the provincial government to finance the Giant Panda National Park's construction by 2023.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner announced on July 22 that the National Park Service is teaming up with partners across the nation to distribute nearly $50 million in high priority maintenance and infrastructure projects at 42 parks in 29 states.

Work is under way on a $15 million project to reconstruct all paved roads and pullouts in Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. Construction spans 26 mi. of roadway. Campground roads, housing roads and parking lots would not typically be part of reconstruction work, but additional funding has been secured to reconstruct the Devils Garden campground road, the residence road and the maintenance yard parking area.