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  • Tule Elk Deaths At Point Reyes National Seashore Bring Charges Of Mismanagement   4 days 14 hours ago

    On May 3, 2012, Stewart filed his reports, determining there were no disturbances attributable to the oyster farm's boats. (There was one case, however, where a curious kayaker caused several seals to flush into the water.) But when the USGS published its final report that November, Stewart discovered that his findings had been altered and that the study reached conclusions his research directly contradicted. "It's clear that what I provided to them and what they produced were different conclusions and different values," says Stewart. "In science, you shouldn’t do that."

    Buxton, that DOI report was done in 2011, but no one would expect the DOI to report honestly. The NAS report was done later, proving otherwise.

    Its interesting to me that the USGS dishonestly altered thier reports, like they did with their faking of peer review for the "Survey protocols for managing threatened and endangered species at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore".

  • Tule Elk Deaths At Point Reyes National Seashore Bring Charges Of Mismanagement   4 days 15 hours ago
    Sorry I can't find the bill's legislation to read it and quote directly but one commenter in a different article did mention that the wording concerning the oyster farm was "may" not "would" be renewed which if true does not convey to me that the oyster farm was intended to be renewed. Also the fact that this was an incredibly political and controversially decision that the courts decided in favor of not renewing the lease tells me the intent of the sponsors was not clear in the language of the bill. May, would, could, will, should are usually words chosen with forethought in legislation. Also interesting to note about the science in question is that the solicitor for DOI concluded that no NPS employes misstepped in any manner that could be described as criminal or scientific misconduct. Which I found in the link below.

    http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageid=238859

  • NPS: National Park System Is An Economic Engine, And Valuable Carbon Dioxide Sink   4 days 18 hours ago

    Lee, I am all for "starting" somewhere, so long as the somewhere makes biological sense. Where is it written that I have to give up my public lands to "save" planet earth from disaster? Ms. Ackerman is a stray following the herd on that issue. Many greater minds--greater scientists--have forewarned us about destroying any part of the natural world, whether or not it was "preserved" in parks.

    I say again: If the national parks are worth preserving as "carbon sinks," ALL land is worth preserving as carbon sinks. If land (and plants) absorb carbon, it would seem incumbent on us to be protecting the land itself, no matter what it is called.

    That is "old-style" environmentalism, I know. Pardon me, then, for being an old-style environmentalist. It was Aldo Leopold who taught me to know the difference between preservation and expedience. In which case, I fear that my government prefers the latter, since it was my government that just drew a distinction between preserving the earth and preserving parks. I do not draw that distinction--and never have. I have forever believed that we need a "land ethic" as much as we need the national parks.

  • NPS: National Park System Is An Economic Engine, And Valuable Carbon Dioxide Sink   4 days 22 hours ago

    The dollarizing distresses me. I've mentioned before that I feel the National Parks are one of those places where the nation decides the intangibles are self valued. A scenic overlook should inspire a 'wow', rather than looking around for the box to drop a quarter into or quibbling over the price of the turn-out's parking lot. The more such sights that are lost due to unscrupulous development or factory smokestacks, the more priceless value the remaining ones build.

    That, to me, is the meaning of Earth Day in the National Parks.

  • Tule Elk Deaths At Point Reyes National Seashore Bring Charges Of Mismanagement   4 days 22 hours ago

    ?????? Oysters = Elk ???????????

    I reckon we can take that as another admission that you can't back up another of your fabrications with facts.

    Really, what this all goes back to is the old buggaboo that plagues so many parks with conflicting portions of their management mandates. When Congress tries to keep everyone happy, there ain't nobody happy.

    In the meantime, some poor soul who was brave (or foolish) enough to become a park superintendent gets all the blame from all seventy six sides of the argument.

  • Tule Elk Deaths At Point Reyes National Seashore Bring Charges Of Mismanagement   4 days 22 hours ago

    ec, why not share the language you claim supports your interpretation of all this?

    I already did.

    http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20110813/former-legislators-back-poi...

  • NPS: National Park System Is An Economic Engine, And Valuable Carbon Dioxide Sink   4 days 23 hours ago

    i agree Megaera and Dr. Runte, the secretary should have started with the ecological value of parks and public lands and the importance of thinking about that in our daily lives. Thanks for posting Traveler.

  • Tule Elk Deaths At Point Reyes National Seashore Bring Charges Of Mismanagement   5 days 59 min ago

    ec, why not share the language you claim supports your interpretation of all this?

  • NPS: National Park System Is An Economic Engine, And Valuable Carbon Dioxide Sink   5 days 1 hour ago

    But mega, in America if it's not tied to money, it just doesn't merit any attention at all.

  • NPS: National Park System Is An Economic Engine, And Valuable Carbon Dioxide Sink   5 days 1 hour ago

    But Dr. Runte, doesn't there have to be a starting place? And aren't parks a good one -- hopefully of many?

    Shouldn't the U.S. be a leader in this and not be dragged, kicking and screaming, into efforts to become the best Earth stewards we can be?

    Even if the only thing important to some is money, our reluctance to look forward and our insistence on looking backward is costing us many opportunities for jobs and businesses.

    Again, let me highly recommend the book, The Human Age by Diane Ackerman.

  • NPS: National Park System Is An Economic Engine, And Valuable Carbon Dioxide Sink   5 days 1 hour ago

    Earth Day. The most important thing about the national parks they can think of for Earth Day is that they're an economic engine. This is so wrong on so many levels I can't even begin to list them all.

  • Tule Elk Deaths At Point Reyes National Seashore Bring Charges Of Mismanagement   5 days 3 hours ago

    Because the bill's language is much more clear that the area was suppose to become Wilderness area with no oyster farm.

    I ask again Buxton - can you share that language with us?

  • Tule Elk Deaths At Point Reyes National Seashore Bring Charges Of Mismanagement   5 days 7 hours ago

    AMOYs are most definItely part of CHNS unque fauna.

  • NPS: National Park System Is An Economic Engine, And Valuable Carbon Dioxide Sink   5 days 7 hours ago

    I would feel a whole lot better about this "carbon dioxide sink" business if Interior Secretary Jewell, et al., conceded that this applies to ALL open land, including the public lands surrounding the national parks currently targeted for massive, renewable energy projects. So, how about it, Secretary Jewell? Can we do those environmental impact statements properly for a change, or is it just the national parks you intend to credit for reducing carbon?

    Forty-five years ago, Earth Day meant the earth. I would like to hear how that "economic engine" is doing, but yes, that may be above everyone's pay grade. That level of preservation would take real discipline. Just don't preach to me about reducing my carbon footprint if you think the problem is resolved with a boundary. Inside the parks--we will save the land. Outside the parks, have at it.

  • Tule Elk Deaths At Point Reyes National Seashore Bring Charges Of Mismanagement   5 days 8 hours ago

    Or maybe the Feds should take a lesson from the State since they manage and have more experience with these populations then the Feds do. So you agree that the AMOYS are not unique to the Seashore.

  • Tule Elk Deaths At Point Reyes National Seashore Bring Charges Of Mismanagement   5 days 10 hours ago

    Beachdumb,

    They are unque to the specialized habitat and phisiographic properties of the Seashore. The word unique has meaning in the EL or it would not be there. By your definition nothing would be unique. In addition NC has these birds listed as species of concern. It is not up to the state of NC to dictate how federal mangers manage resources in a National Park (Seashore) which are consistently held to a higher standard than other federal land. It is enough that NC has identified AMOYs has having issues, maybe the state should take a lesson from how the Feds are managing these birds and if succesful they could be removed from the state's list.

  • Tule Elk Deaths At Point Reyes National Seashore Bring Charges Of Mismanagement   5 days 12 hours ago

    unique to CHNS nesting birds

    Unique? These birds are found all over VA and NC coastal regions.

  • Tule Elk Deaths At Point Reyes National Seashore Bring Charges Of Mismanagement   5 days 12 hours ago

    Because the bill's language is much more clear that the area was suppose to become Wilderness area with no oyster farm.

    Show me the language that said the oyster farm had to leave so that the area could become Wilderness.

    What would you do with a tenant that signed a lease to leave and you had different plans for your property that you intended to pursue.

    Tenants don't sign leases "to leave". I have several lease tenants and it is my hope and expectation and theirs that when the lease expires we will negotiate another one to keep them in place.

  • National Park Service Maintenance Backlog Approaching $11.5 Billion   5 days 13 hours ago

    Don't tell me - trickle-down is a compassionate and effective theory too, eh?

    Worked very well thirty years ago. What has your socialism gotten you since?

  • Tule Elk Deaths At Point Reyes National Seashore Bring Charges Of Mismanagement   5 days 14 hours ago

    Ecbuck,

    It is to bad those sponsors didnt make their intentions clear when they sponsored the bill. Because the bill's language is much more clear that the area was suppose to become Wilderness area with no oyster farm. And then there is the lease that was signed. What would you do with a tenant that signed a lease to leave and you had different plans for your property that you intended to pursue.

    It is why these things are written and not done with a handshake and a promise.

  • Tule Elk Deaths At Point Reyes National Seashore Bring Charges Of Mismanagement   5 days 15 hours ago

    It is a symbolic fence intended to keep people from disturbing unique to CHNS nesting birds, as specficed in that Park's EL.

    "and no development of the project or plan for the convenience of visitors shall be undertaken which would be incompatible with the preservation of the unique flora and fauna"

    I don't think it really matters much that AMOYs are not a listed species. I thought Kurt's intention was just relating similar instances not implying that wild birds were being fenced in a national park.

  • National Park Service Maintenance Backlog Approaching $11.5 Billion   5 days 21 hours ago

    Wow, and you tea guys think we progressives drink kool-aid. Don't tell me - trickle-down is a compassionate and effective theory too, eh?

  • National Park Service Maintenance Backlog Approaching $11.5 Billion   5 days 21 hours ago

    . Neo-liberalism simply does not work

    It worked thirty years ago. It has been rejected since and that is why we are where we are.

  • National Park Service Maintenance Backlog Approaching $11.5 Billion   5 days 23 hours ago

    Interesting post loyalconserve. In my own opinion, the NPS maintenance backlog is just part of the nations failing infrastructure, it is a huge problem. This is not the site to get into the economic policies that most major political figures have bought into the last 40 years, but I agree, change is needed. Neo-liberalism simply does not work. In any case thanks, I might add that I do think we pricing many citizens out of the National Parks.

  • National Park Service Maintenance Backlog Approaching $11.5 Billion   6 days 28 min ago

    NPT thank you for not just printing the AP article that so many other outlets did and state that the "National Parks suffer from $$ maintenance backlog and a visitor base that is elderly and mostly white". Divisive, racist, insulting, discriminatory.

    Parks within the National Park System are here for current and future generations and lets not forget the past generations that protected them in the first place.

    Congress is not totally to blame for lack of operational funds. Initiatives of the Administration also impact the ability of funds to actually reach the ground. Along with the staffing at the national and regional levels, dollars take a big hit within the agency before getting to the parks-you've covered that before.

    Americans from all backgrounds, parties, and ethnicity love Americas parks. They are made relevant and welcoming by reaching out to everyone, and not constantly stating they are not diverse enough as far as employees, visitors, and legislative intent. America's politicians and special interest groups need to quit categorizing everyone into a particular group and address the values that are uniquely American. Asians, African-Americans, American Indians, Hispanics, "Whites" individuals do not all think, enjoy, value, and respect as one group! That itself is stereotyping.

    Enjoy and support our parks everyone.