Costa Rica legislature to hear bill allowing ‘green’ geothermal projects in national parks
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Costa Rica legislature to hear bill allowing ‘green’ geothermal projects in national parks

John McPhaul - November 11, 2015

Despite declarations from the executive branch that the Costa Rican government will not pursue geothermal electricity development in national parks, the office of governing Citizen Action Party…

Ranchers near active Turrialba Volcano could get bought out by Costa Rica government
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Ranchers near active Turrialba Volcano could get bought out by Costa Rica government

Zach Dyer - November 7, 2015

LA CENTRAL, Cartago — Farmers and ranchers who have been forced to evacuate their land because of recent activity at Turrialba Volcano could expect a check from…

Costa Rica expands Braulio Carrillo National Park 
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Costa Rica expands Braulio Carrillo National Park 

Zach Dyer - October 16, 2015

President Luis Guillermo Solís signed a decree expanding by 2,386 hectares the Braulio Carrillo National Park, which lies northeast of Costa Rica's capital, during a ceremony on…

Cocos Island park rangers rescue fishermen, request resources
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Cocos Island park rangers rescue fishermen, request resources

Lindsay Fendt - October 6, 2015

A recent rescue near Costa Rica's Cocos Island National Park has raised concerns among park rangers about their ability to do an increasingly complex job with meager resources. Three…

Prison sentence for Costa Rica park ranger raises questions about on-the-job protections
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Prison sentence for Costa Rica park ranger raises questions about on-the-job protections

Lindsay Fendt - September 3, 2015

UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 3, 6:00 p.m. Criminal lawyer Juan Diego Castro said Thursday afternoon that he was reconsidering representing soon-to-be-jailed park ranger Mauricio Steller against attempted murder charges…

Costa Rica’s Environment Ministry to hire 150 new park rangers
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Costa Rica’s Environment Ministry to hire 150 new park rangers

L. Arias - August 25, 2015

Environment Minister Édgar Gutiérrez Espeleta said Monday he will hire 150 new park rangers to strengthen surveillance at Costa Rica's national parks and protected areas. Gutiérrez made the announcement during…

Man throws religious icons into Costa Rica’s Poás Volcano
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Man throws religious icons into Costa Rica’s Poás Volcano

Zach Dyer - July 3, 2015

Most people visit Costa Rica's volcanoes to admire their beauty, but one man apparently had a different idea. The news website CRHoy.com posted a video Thursday reportedly…

Costa Rican sets milestone upon reaching summit of Yosemite National Park’s notorious El Capitán alone
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Costa Rican sets milestone upon reaching summit of Yosemite National Park’s notorious El Capitán alone

The Tico Times - June 10, 2015

Alejandro Soto on Tuesday became the first Costa Rican to climb alone to the summit of El Capitán, an iconic rock formation in Yosemite National Park in the U.S.…

Nearly half of Costa Rica’s Diriá National Park consumed by wildfires
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Nearly half of Costa Rica’s Diriá National Park consumed by wildfires

L. Arias - April 22, 2015

Forest fires at Diriá National Park in Costa Rica's Guanacaste province have already consumed nearly half of the park's 5,400 hectares (13,000 acres). Wildfires started on April 5 and…

More than 500 hectares of protected areas destroyed by wildfires this year
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More than 500 hectares of protected areas destroyed by wildfires this year

L. Arias - April 8, 2015

Wildfires during the past week have consumed nearly 300 hectares within protected areas, bringing the total so far this year to some 530 hectares in 28 fires,…