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  • Invasive Insects Killing Pines At Acadia National Park   1 day 12 hours ago

    Is Pine scale actually "invasive" or just a natural occurrance that in the long run, improves the health of th forest?

  • Photographer QT Luong Puts Focus On Acadia National Park   1 day 15 hours ago

    Thanks for sharing the profile of QT Luong! We had a lot of fun doing it. Here's a link to the original post if readers would like to click through on some of the many links in the article.

    www.acadiaonmymind.com/2014/09/photographer-qt-luong-focuses-acadia-nati...

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  • Five Incredible National Park Excursions By Boat   2 days 8 hours ago

    How in the world can you skip over Isle Royale NP? You have the option of open water rides in Lake Superior from Grand Portage, MN, Copper Harbor, MI, and Houghton, MI. Then, when you get there, there are 6 different boat tours on the MV Sandy at the north end of the island. Canoe, kayak, and motorboat rentals are available to do your own exploration.

    Regarding Waterton Lakes, if you are a hiker, the Carthew-Alderson Trail is a must do hike that should be on every hiker's bucket list. You can get a shuttle to drop you off at Cameron Lake (elevation 5446 ft) and hike one way back to Waterton (elevation 4200 ft). The 1st 4 miles or so is a steep switchback climb of 2136 ft, mostly through forest and eventually on a well worn trail of scree. Once you get to Carthew Summit, the next 10 miles is all down hill to Waterton. The views of Glacier NP to the south are incredible and the decent into Waterton from Carthew Peak follows a chain of small lakes and water falls and is highlighted by an approach to Alderson Lake where you start high on the lateral edge of a cirque and switch back down to the lake with incredible views of the cirque and the lake. There is a campground there if you wish to stay overnight. The final leg is a leisurely 5 mile downhill walk in the forest along the stream whose headwaters you started from at the Carthew Summit. Total distance is 12.5 miles one way.

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  • Sweating The Trail Details In The National Parks: Building Trails At Acadia National Park   2 days 22 hours ago

    Ive been checking the weather report, its definitely getting cold, but peak foliage might not happen for another week or two. I bet it will still be very busy on MDI this weekend!

  • Big Cypress National Preserve To Conduct Wilderness Inventory   3 days 9 hours ago

    That's cool. In that case you are fine with wilderness.

    Good luck on your wilderness ride!

  • Sweating The Trail Details In The National Parks: Building Trails At Acadia National Park   3 days 9 hours ago

    I'll be in Acadia next weekend, so this is timely.

  • Big Cypress National Preserve To Conduct Wilderness Inventory   3 days 10 hours ago

    Gary,

    Re. Europe. One needs to not ignore history. In 1900, there were about 1M inhabitants in CA, and the west was similarly sparsely populated. While carving out parks (national or not) was a stroke of genius, it was also made possible by the vast emptiness of the land, again especially after displacing and killing off the natives. Europe has not been in that situation since the 19th century. So, by default ,carving 1000 of square miles of land devoid of human presence is not exactly possible there.

    As for your other points, your argumentation is nothing more than gross exxageration. Nobody calls for jetskis and ATVs everywhere. You need to read my posts more carefully.

    Off to riding... maybe in Wilderness!!!

  • Sweating The Trail Details In The National Parks: Building Trails At Acadia National Park   3 days 12 hours ago

    Let's hope the skies over Acadia National Park this weekend are as clear as this article. People should be grateful that this kind of content is free.

  • Dramatic Time-Lapse Video Captures Meadow Fire At Yosemite National Park   3 days 12 hours ago

    That is pretty impressive. And a good capture of a once in a century event.

  • Dramatic Time-Lapse Video Captures Meadow Fire At Yosemite National Park   3 days 17 hours ago

    Looking forward to Sunday!

  • Sweating The Trail Details In The National Parks: Building Trails At Acadia National Park   3 days 17 hours ago

    Yes, trails connect one place to another. They also connect people to history, and with one another, especially in Acadia. See our recent blog post about how the Otter Creek trails may help make such connections and help address some of the historic tension between the village of Otter Creek and the park.

    www.acadiaonmymind.com/2014/09/acadia-national-park-hearing-otter-creek-...

  • Big Cypress National Preserve To Conduct Wilderness Inventory   4 days 2 hours ago

    Trust me, i'm not the only one making that judgement on Europe. Even Europeans that I know make that judgement about their own lands when compared to the US, and other countries in places like Africa. Even David Attenborough talks about this subject in a few documentaries. And yes, European expansion did vastly alter Native American populations in the United States, and South America. However, Europe has had their chances, and now they are playing catch up by trying to restore ecosystems. At this point, it will take 300 to 400 years to rewild any considerable section of about 300,000 acres on the European continent outside of Scandanavia where the population density is much less.

    And I did address many of your points, and you never commented about any of them, other than the part about the European continent. I posted an article that is based on facts, and observations about the Big Cypress and how ORV's altered them - You seem to have skirted that issue completely. So what is YOUR solution for the Big Cypress? Let it be like BLM lands? Just let people carve it up with ORVs and Jetboats? Who needs wilderness? It has no intrinsic value, and off with the cougar, since it's unnecessary? What's your solution for long term preservation?

    Can you present solid concrete ideas? This board is filled with a lot of snipers, but never any ideas that lead the way and show a better path. It seems the sniper solutions are always one that erodes or destroys the natural values as a wildland. And yes, there is a difference between the wild areas and the urban areas in our country. Many of our national parks and wilderness areas fit the wildland criteria.

  • Crater Lake National Park: It's More Than Just Blue, Blue Water   4 days 4 hours ago

    I need to get back down there one of these days (although given that it's going to start snowing sooner rather than later, probably not till next year <g>).

  • Big Cypress National Preserve To Conduct Wilderness Inventory   4 days 5 hours ago

    This argument is both circular and quite funny. Let's go through the argument timeline

    I make a negative judgement on wilderness

    I'm being told that I'm not cogent enough

    I make a cogent pointed argument

    You answer by quoting authors and not addressing my salient points.

    Throughout this thread, it's going back to a forced choice between Wilderness and land development, while completing avoiding the fact (because that takes the whole Wilderness argument down...) that there are other land designations that protect wilderness without being overly restrictive.

    As for Gary, so you spend 3 months in the Bavarian Alps, and somehow you can make a judgement about all Europe... It's obvious that north America had more room for parks since there was more room, less people (especially after killing off the natives).

  • Big Cypress National Preserve To Conduct Wilderness Inventory   4 days 9 hours ago

    "Without tangible benefits..." - perhaps a confession, from those too numb to perceive the intangible benefits of wilderness. If you get it, you don't need more explanation. If you can't get it, words alone will not be enough to enlighten you.

  • Crater Lake National Park: It's More Than Just Blue, Blue Water   4 days 10 hours ago

    Move over, Ken Burns.

    Here comes Kurt!

  • Big Cypress National Preserve To Conduct Wilderness Inventory   4 days 11 hours ago

    Without any tangible benefits?

    You mean the preservation of a few almost really wild places produce no tangible benefits?

    What was it Wallace Stegner said? "“[The modern age] knows nothing about isolation and nothing about silence. In our quietest and loneliest hour the automatic ice-maker in the refrigerator will cluck and drop an ice cube, the automatic dishwasher will sigh through its changes, a plane will drone over, the nearest freeway will vibrate the air. Red and white lights will pass in the sky, lights will shine along highways and glance off windows. There is always a radio that can be turned to some all-night station, or a television set to turn artificial moonlight into the flickering images of the late show. We can put on a turntable whatever consolation we most respond to, Mozart or Copland or the Grateful Dead.”Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

    As for me, I hope we will be able to prevent those who simply cannot, or will not, understand what wildness really is from destroying it before my great grandchildren may experience it. I believe Stegner was exactly right when he wrote:

    "Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed; if we permit the last virgin forests to be turned into comic books and plastic cigarette cases; if we drive the few remaining members of the wild species into zoos or to extinction; if we pollute the last clear air and dirty the last clean streams and push our paved roads through the last of the silence, so that never again will Americans be free in their own country from the noise, the exhausts, the stinks of human and automotive waste . . . ”

    What exactly, is a tangible benefit? Can a tangible benefit be something deep within the human heart and mind that simply cannot be defined? That, to me, is what wildness is really all about and why it must be preserved.

  • Big Cypress National Preserve To Conduct Wilderness Inventory   4 days 14 hours ago

    I spent a little time in Berchtesgaden. While the alps are scenic, they are not anything close to being as wild or protected like we have in the US. Europe is a mess.

    Regardless, your claims provided zero studies that showcase that ATV's don't erode trails. So, until I actually see more than just words from you, I'll go by real world accounts. Maybe this is why a lot of the BLM lands in the US are trashed when compared to the wilderness areas. Its like night and day.. But for some reason, you have all this BLM and USFS land at your disposal to play in and have your 21st century playground experiences with your motor toys, and that's not good enough.

    Then you provide zero studies that canoes do anywhere near the damage that airboats do. Interesting that the park management way back in the day saw the damage that airboats were doing to the everglades. The damage they do to the ecosystem is very well documented, if you look at the image in this link. Theres also been a lot of times where drunk people have tossed their motor boat into a fragile bed of sea grass, pretty much desroying the micro-ecosystem which would take many years, if not decades for it to recover with human involvement. I don't believe that I can recall hearing the same sort of destruction occuring, in regards to those that canoe and kayak the same region.

  • Big Cypress National Preserve To Conduct Wilderness Inventory   4 days 21 hours ago

    Gary, what specific parks did you go to?

    Lee,

    Your comment is no more than chicken little fears. Wilderness restrictions could be easily relaxed without destroying their characters. As for the use of pack strings to deliver supplies, what a joke! Seriously, in 2014 we still have to use 1850 means to move supplies... It's a true waste of resources. A guy in a UTV could probably get more done at a fraction of the cost. It would not have that period piece charm, but then again, if I want to see 19th century reenactments, I can always watch PBS.

    Ultimately, these inane restrictions drive up the costs of managing those places without any tangible benefits.

  • A Step Back In Time: Charit Creek Lodge Offers Glimpse Into Tennessee's Pioneer Past   4 days 22 hours ago

    Lee, you are gonna have a hard time finding a Motel-6 for that rate these days.

  • Big Cypress National Preserve To Conduct Wilderness Inventory   4 days 22 hours ago

    Backpacker, I was the one who used the term 'hyperbole', not Lee. It's defined as "exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally."

    That's an honest and accurate term for "I'm not the one who's trying to close every single square inch of outdoors to the chosen few recreationists..". It isn't ad hominem to point it out.

  • Big Cypress National Preserve To Conduct Wilderness Inventory   4 days 22 hours ago

    Zeb,

    Actually, I do think that banning chainsaws in firefighting and other aspects of wilderness management is a bit extreme. I question your claim that agencies are "forced" to use helicopters in wilderness except in emergencies. All the wilderness areas I'm familiar with use pack strings to deliver supplies.

    I also don't think many "wilderness believers" think resources are limitless. In fact, I'm pretty sure almost all of us believe the opposite. Resources are NOT limitless and too many have already been squandered. That is why we need to hang on as hard as we can to the few wild places that have survived.

    As for the idea that existing restrictions on use are "incredible," I shudder to think of the consequences that would ensue without them.

    I sincerely hope that my great grandchildren and their children may still find wild places when their turn finally comes.

  • Big Cypress National Preserve To Conduct Wilderness Inventory   4 days 22 hours ago

    I spent 3 months there.

  • Big Cypress National Preserve To Conduct Wilderness Inventory   4 days 23 hours ago

    Gary, so how much time have you spent in Europe?

  • Big Cypress National Preserve To Conduct Wilderness Inventory   4 days 23 hours ago

    Gary, so how much time have you spent in Europe?