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  • Fall From Tokopah Falls Kills Visitor to Sequoia National Park   5 years 32 weeks ago

    Hi Diana,

    I was not present when this happened to your brother, but my best friend's daughter had taken a photo of Scott and his friends just before. I had breakfast with my friend this morning and she is still struggling with this tragedy, so I can only imagine what you and your family are going through. I just wanted you to know that people are thinking of you and that my heart goes out to you all. Sequoia is a place where my family spent many summers, so it really hit home with me when I heard about this. Very sincerely, Juliet

  • With the Fall Rut Beginning, Wind Cave National Park Rangers Leading Elk Bugling Programs   5 years 32 weeks ago

    Olympic National Park's native Roosevelt elk are now bugling, their calls echoing across the high valleys throughout the Park. In rut, they reopen wallows in the high meadows, habitat they inadvertantly maintain for rare amphibians. They are the major reason T. R. designated Olympic Game Reserve, and FDR designated this National Park, so it is fitting that, as each autumn renews their eerie calls, we remember their name.

  • House Natural Resources Committee OK's Legislation For Upper Stehekin Road in North Cascades National Park   5 years 32 weeks ago

    This legislation would simply allow the NPS to realign the wilderness boundary onto the historic 1890 wagon road, which is well away from the Stehekin River, outside of the flood plain. This route is slightly shorter (2.2 vs 2.4 miles), so results in a slight increase in wilderness area. The NPS Environmental Assessment concludes that this reroute "would allow the 100-year and 500-year floodplain reclamation and revegetation initiated by the 2003 flood to continue between Car Wash Falls and MP 15.3. These floodplains, riparian, and wetland areas are high value wildlife habitat, and this would be a major, long-term beneficial affect. Individuals who would like motorized vehicle and bicycle access to southern portions of the Wilderness reestablished would perceive implementation of Alternative D (Road Reroute) as a moderate to major, long-term beneficial affect compared to the No Action Alternative."

    See the full EA at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/documentsList.cfm?parkId=327&projectId=15383

  • Various Care-Taking Projects Under Way in Rocky Mountain National Park   5 years 32 weeks ago

    I am gratified to see NPT's implicit support of these projects, even though they involve use of a mini-excavator and construction of a new cabin within a Federally-designated wilderness area. This work is essential for visitor access, safety and administration of the Park. However, it would be illegal within USFS-administered wilderness areas, and within National Parks in western Washington (due to the misguided 2005 Burgess decision http://www.peer.org/news/news_id.php?row_id=562). A more reasonable, uniform, national wilderness policy would go far to increase public support and decrease tensions over wilderness areas.

  • Off The Usual Paths   5 years 32 weeks ago

    This is interesting. Multicolored rock tells us about different ages and interesting geographic facts.

  • A Drowning-free Summer at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Wasn't Just Good Luck   5 years 32 weeks ago

    Its undoubtedly a fact that the proactive action taken by the staff of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in putting up warning signs and reaching over 7.7% of the visitors during last summer is a milestone in the park history. With no incidents reported during the active period means alot to the people of this country and hence i wish to congratulate the entire staff of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore led by Consta Dillon and all the volunteers who made this possible. I also say thank you to the over a million visitors who toured the beach and behaved as requested hence leading to the success of the program.

  • Several New Trails Proposed at Denali National Park. Comments are Now Being Received   5 years 32 weeks ago

    Denali National Park; Alaska is 6 million acre land of exotic mammals, birds & small animals as well. Famous black & grizzly bears, wolves, dall sheep, moos, caribou & elusive kinda animals like foxes, hoary marmots, arctic ground squirrels, beavers, pikas & snowshoe hares. It’s a bird paradise with Raven, owls, ptarmigan, waxwings, Arctic Warblers, pine grosbeaks & tundra swan.

  • Woman Drowns In Yellowstone National Park's Backcountry   5 years 32 weeks ago

    Drowning confirmed by autopsy; not clear whether the illness had anything to do with the drowning. http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/article.php?art_id=5060

    Jim Macdonald
    The Magic of Yellowstone
    Yellowstone Newspaper
    Jim's Eclectic World

  • At New River Gorge National River, an Iconic Bridge Attracts Suicide Jumpers   5 years 32 weeks ago

    I thought of you often this past week, and can only image how hard it had to be for you. I miss him dearly...as I closed my pool this weekend, the thing he & I did together every year, I still have a hard time believing he is gone. My thoughts and prayers are always with you.

  • With the Fall Rut Beginning, Wind Cave National Park Rangers Leading Elk Bugling Programs   5 years 32 weeks ago

    I heard my first elk bugling on this very ranger program 2 years ago. The various participants drove out in their own cars to a pullout north of the campground. When we got there we discovered a huge bull bison grazing just feet away in the dark. The ranger thought about it for a while and decided that if we were quiet and stood at the other end of the pullout we'd probably be okay. We listened and heard elk bugling in the valley below us. I was really elated to finally hear bugling in person and so glad they happened to be offering this program when I was visiting. As it turned out, every night in my tent I could hear elk bugling in the hills around the campground.

  • Traveler's Checklist: Acadia National Park   5 years 32 weeks ago

    The horse stable at Acadia had a park carriage horse drop dead the other day, apparently from exhaustion. It is being investigated and a public report will be issued. Horse people across the state of Maine are understandably pretty uspset. Although Acadia has too many accidents and "incidents" and has a local reputation for being poorly managed... it is a very beautiful natural place and certainly worth the Twenty Dollars entry fee.

  • Traveler's Checklist: Acadia National Park   5 years 32 weeks ago

    After recently spending time at Acadia National Park, I love this article.

    I am hoping to make it back to Mount Desert Island during the fall foliage season and traverse the Carriage Roads - although not by bike, but by horse. Wildwood Stables, located in the Park, offers both horse-drawn carriage rides and horses that you can ride on your own. The park's website has some great information about horseback riding in Acadia National Park, and a link to Wildwood Stables.

  • Trial Over What Constitutes a "Road" In Canyonlands National Park: Vestiges of Sagebrush Rebels   5 years 32 weeks ago

    Jarbidge is in Nevada..... Tearing down signs and gates is breaking the law. Be sure to take lots of pictures (including a clear view of your license plate), then post them to the web.

  • Traveler's Checklist: Acadia National Park   5 years 32 weeks ago

    Don't forget to check out the Schoodic Point section of Acadia National Park! Even during high summer the crowds are much thinner and the beauty matches that of the Mt. Desert section. Come and stay a few days to discover and enjoy the beauty of Winter Harbor and the Schoodic Peninsula - and some great seafood!

    Seascape Kayak and bicycle rental in Birch Harbor ((207) 963-5806‎ - no affiliation!) can set you up for ocean or freshwater kayaking and canoeing. Schoodic is home to some pretty hikes, too, so check us out!

  • Trial Over What Constitutes a "Road" In Canyonlands National Park: Vestiges of Sagebrush Rebels   5 years 32 weeks ago

    I have two comments:

    1. This is another example of the NPS allowing the camels nose under the tent in years past, leaving current managers to clean up the mess. Like snowmobiles in Yellowstone, ATV's in Wrangell St Elias or Denali etc. yesterday's managers made ill-considered and lazy decisions putting problems in our way today. Makes you wonder what today's managers are royally screwing up for tomorrow (ungulate control in Rocky and Teddy Roosevelt, anyone?)

    2. If San Juan and Kane Counties hate the federal government so much, why don't they return the millions of dollars of federal payments in lieu of property taxes and grants payed into their county coffers over the years? Just another example of giving the finger to the government on one hand while holding out the other at the same time. I have no respect for these people and their small-minded leaders.

  • What Do You Think: Is The National Park Service Handling Advertising For Park-Related Businesses?   5 years 32 weeks ago

    Of course NPS should endorse concessioners whom it has deemed are good enough to operate in National Parks and partner with NPS is providing visitor services. These are services NPS views as necessary, but which it cannot provide itself. NPS goes through a rigorous process in awarding these contracts and both parties are trying to encourage people to visit our Parks by providing high quality visitor services. It seems that not allowing this would be nonsensical and only result in keeping the number of visitors down. However, the fewer people who visit our Parks, the fewer supporters for our Parks. I simply don't see how simple statements of available services or providing links to those services can be characterized as commercializing our Parks.

  • Federal Judge Issues Scathing Opinion in Blocking "Concealed Carry" In National Parks, Wildlife Refuges   5 years 32 weeks ago

    Chris, the regulation allowing concealed carry in national parks that fall within states that allow the same is scheduled to take effect in February 2010.

  • Visiting Badlands National Park is Like Stepping Into the Past   5 years 32 weeks ago

    Thanks Chuck. The proof readers obviously took the weekend off:(

  • What Do You Think: Is The National Park Service Handling Advertising For Park-Related Businesses?   5 years 32 weeks ago

    A linked list of licensed concessionaires seems appropriate, since there have been client accidents and fatalities at Mount Rainier involving people representing themselves as mountain guides. This should be separate and subordinate to the Park Service information.

    I'm uncomfortable with the idea of anything resembling ads on government websites. The in-park concessionaries already have low fees, little or no direct competition, and the opportunity to match competing bids at renewal time. Why make these dynasties stronger?

    I'm even more uncomfortable with listings/ads for gateway businesses, because it could increase the reach and power of government and the potential for abuse. For example, those that may have criticized NPS management or didn't follow the party line closely enough might find themselves unlisted, or bypassed by shuttle systems originating outside the boundary.

  • Federal Judge Issues Scathing Opinion in Blocking "Concealed Carry" In National Parks, Wildlife Refuges   5 years 32 weeks ago

    Any updates on this?

    I drive my Jeep through National Forests quite often and I'm a CWP holder in NC.

  • Visiting Badlands National Park is Like Stepping Into the Past   5 years 32 weeks ago

    It's the "Pine Ridge Indian Reservation", not Blue Ridge>

  • What Do You Think: Is The National Park Service Handling Advertising For Park-Related Businesses?   5 years 32 weeks ago
    Ian

    Ian Edlind
    www.trailvoice.com

    I'm very interested in this issue in relationship to my website, Trail Voice. Trail Voice provides free promotion and advertising to National Parks - could they, in turn, exchange the favor? I'd like to think so but there of course regulations, as you detailed in the post.

    Thanks for exploring this topic.

  • What Do You Think: Is The National Park Service Handling Advertising For Park-Related Businesses?   5 years 32 weeks ago

    I think the NPS should be allowed to advertise inside the park, commercial services that are available outside the park. This helps ties between the parks and their communities and economic ties to a park can be an important part of garnering local support for a park. The NPS should control how and where this advertising is done so that it is appropriate for the site and within developed areas. Bulletin boards and similar venues seem right. After all, it is NPS policy that they do not allow building commercial services in a park if they can be found outside the park. It seems only logical that the NPS would then help visitors find those services.

  • Traveler's Checklist: Acadia National Park   5 years 32 weeks ago

    Great Acadia primer, Kurt. I'd like to add a few things:

    I've never hired Coastal Kayaking Tours, but my wife and I went out with National Park Kayak this summer. They do wonderful tours on the remote west side of the island, giving you a Mount Desert Island history lesson on the van ride from Bar Harbor to the west side. We took an evening paddle that was infested with seals, osprey, otters, and porpoises. On the way back our guide turned it into a fog navigation lesson as it was pea-soup conditions and we had to paddle from rock to rock to safely find our way from Bartlett Island back to MDI.

    If Kayaking and salt water aren't your thing, there's some good canoeing in Acadia too. A lot of the ponds on MDI are used for drinking water and don't allow swimming or boating, but you can rent a canoe from National Park canoe and Kayak and head out on Long Pond on the island's west arm. The south and west shores of the pond are some of Acadia's most remote forest, and there's a pristine island in the pond for a lunch stop.

    Finally, if you want an awesome breakfast and a cool T-shirt, check out 2 Cats in Bar Harbor. The muffins are unreal.

  • Bison Hazing Operations Inside Yellowstone National Park Fuel Controversy   5 years 32 weeks ago

    montana ranchers,sta out of yellowstone,how much do you pay the gov. for grazing rights on fed land...get over it,and leave the buffalo alone,you rats.....