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November 21, 2013 1:33 PM

Downgrading of Mexican park raises suspicions about development plans

Mexico’s iconic Nevado de Toluca National Park had been around for 77 years. Then, last month, President Enrique Pena Nieto decreed it out of existence. It’s now a “protected area.” Conservation officials say they had little choice, as logging and other degradation within the park had become so severe that the national park designation made no sense. Some environmental activists are livid.

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