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Sep 17th - 11:27am | Tim M.
calling someone a "stupid tree hugger" is a very convincing argument. Discussions on NPT have really gone to crap.
Sep 15th - 16:43pm | Ronda
If a bear charges at 35 mph at me or my family time is critical...you can't over think. Sometimes common sense screams self preservation. I've been mauled before. Don't think I'll say oh nice Mr. Bear while he snacks on me. Split judgement split reaction. Human before animals.
Sep 16th - 15:55pm | Kurt Repanshek
Right you are, gentlemen! I was fortunate to be there earlier this week and enjoy the mountains.
Sep 16th - 15:52pm | Jim Gramann
I agree. Shenandoah National Park.
Sep 15th - 10:15am | Brandon Strohl
Big Meadows Entrance Road in Shenandoah National Park.
Sep 16th - 15:03pm | Rick B.
Great images to go along with the article.
Sep 16th - 06:47am | Gustopher
My wife and I visited Jasper only one month ago. We marveled at the majestic beauty all about, and were especially excited to come across a black bear with two cubs during a hike one day. We'll not soon forget this trip.
Information Sought By Park Users, And That Provided By The National Park Service, Can Be Miles Apart
Sep 15th - 18:57pm | SmokiesBackpacker
We lowly taxpayers are too stupid to understand the complicated matrix that is the NPS. Thank you Dana Soehn for making us feel like the doormats we are to you. And you wonder why locals are fed up with the Smokies "cognoscenti". Everything you bureaucrats do is to suit yourselves.
Sep 14th - 11:54am | redstate guy
The Roman Empire all over again.
Sep 14th - 10:44am | Jim Casada
This unfolding fee saga is nothing new, and what is particularly exasperating is that spokeswoman Dana Soehn, whether intentionally or not, comes across as singularly condescending. Many who follow NPS matters closely have ample reason to think that an attitude of "we know what is good for you" or "we have the expertise" is their standard mindset.
Sep 14th - 10:05am | tahoma
Besides hills and curves, that "information highway between park managers and park users..." also contains some notable dead-ends in my experience. NPS management whines constantly for more money, but good luck getting them to disclose how they spent the last batch.
Sep 14th - 09:59am | NoEditButton
*grateful *Southern Forest Watch #proofread
Sep 14th - 09:38am | ecbuck
Unfortunately this is just a minor example of what is terribly wrong with our federal government today. Spinning information, avoiding transparency and providing minimal information in order to gain support for a predetermined outcome (and often unrelated agenda) is par for the course. At least for the NPS it is a Constitutionally granted power.
Sep 14th - 07:16am | BAhiker
This has been happening for years in our national park system. I thought everyone knew by now that the "public comment" thing is just some extra red tape that the bureaucrats have to jump through. It almost never really changes the outcome of what the government wants to do.
Sep 14th - 07:15am | A Deal's a Deal!
'no toll or license fee shall ever be imposed...' - No spinning it. That is the agreement. No 'if', 'ands' or 'buts'. Our park and our way of life is under attack. The efforts of the Great Southern Forest Watch has brought this to my attention very clearly. I am greatful for Kurt Repanshek for telling it like it is in this article.
Sep 14th - 06:49am | SmokiesBackpacker
It's gonna be hard for Cash to spin this one. The NPS own is criticizing the process. What Kurt didn't mention is that over half of respondents OPPOSE this fee increase. So here is what Ca$h will do. Instead of a 25%, he will modify to %20 and act like he is doing everyone a favor. The public comments are nothing more than a checked box on FLREA.
Sep 15th - 18:33pm | Ed Pomphrey
Keep in mind afternoon heat and chance tunderstorm (lightning). Otherwise go for it and have fun. Ed Pomphrey Rumosn, N.J.
Sep 14th - 21:42pm | Lynn M Cates
About time. Can't wait to see.
National Park Mystery Photo 13 Revealed: Listening Chairs at Yellowstone's Grant Village Visitor Center
Sep 14th - 12:36pm | orville bach
I have worked as a seasonal ranger in Yellowstone for over 40 years and remember them well. In fact, I still have a copy of the wonderful 6 minute message that was played. It was about why we need wilderness. The message applies today even more so than it did in the 70s. If you are in Bozeman on Oct.
Sep 13th - 07:27am | Anonymous
Love the heart shaped cactus!
Sep 12th - 12:11pm | Rick B.
Sep 12th - 10:57am | ecbuck
CJ - As discussed earlier, the legislation I cited doesn't seem to require the NPS to get authorization. Yet, we have had many Congressional Authorizations in the past. Is there some other legislation that requires it? Perhpas Kurt could contact Bishop's office and ask where the requirement for Congressional Authorization is spelled out.
Sep 12th - 10:32am | CJDillon
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acquires land by purchase and donation as a regular course of business and does not need Congressional approval for adding to refuges or establishing new refuges. By contrast, the NPS cannot establish a new park on its own and is restricted by law (as identified in this discussion) as to how much and how it can acquire land.
Sep 11th - 18:01pm | ecbuck
Ethical, perhaps you are right. I was reading the limitations of Paragraph 2 as applying to all actions of Paragraph 1. On deeper inspection those limitations seem to only apply to the changes in (i) - minor boundary adjustments.
Sep 11th - 16:42pm | Ethical Retired...
With all of the inclusions, exceptions, etc in this statute, my take is that Section 2, which places these limitations, is mandatory for the purposes of clause (i) of Paragraph 1. This donation is covered under clause (ii), which is less restrictive. In other words, I think clause (i) applies, not clause (ii).
Sep 11th - 15:27pm | ecbuck
Ethical, I don't see how you can come to that conclusion. The only authorization granted in the law cited above is for acquisitions that meet all the requirements of A through G. A says it has to be less than 200 acres, C says less than $750,000. The law does require publication in the Register and notification for these properties.
Sep 11th - 14:16pm | Ethical Retired...
My reading of this law is that the transfer is legal if the proposed acquistion was published in the Federal Register and the appropriate congressional committees were notified in writing. Was this done? Congressional approval does not seem to be needed here as Bishop alleges.
Sep 11th - 09:59am | ecbuck
(c) Boundary changes; donations; authority of Secretary
Sep 10th - 21:48pm | ecbuck
It is unfortunate that Congressman Bishop speaks out in such a negative and uniformed manner on this issue
Sep 10th - 21:41pm | rmackie
Thank you Rick B, the NPS policy stated by their officials is my understanding also. This is an important addition. Ackerson Meadow is one of the largest, if not the largest, meadows on the western boundary of the park. The Middle Fork of the Tuolumne Meadows flows through it, it is a beautiful place. Extremely important Great Gray Owl habitat along with other birds, animals etc.
Sep 10th - 21:23pm | ecbuck
So once again we have a baseless accusation from Lee. Glad you agree. only because he can't
Sep 10th - 21:06pm | Rick B.
Yeah. But only because he can't. He is still a bottom feeder.
Sep 10th - 20:11pm | ecbuck
Thanks Rick for confirming via the Chiicago Times that Bishop has no intention of forcing the transaction to be reversed.
Sep 10th - 20:09pm | ecbuck
she says he specifically stated several times in the broadcast that we was going to require cancellation of this plan
Sep 10th - 19:55pm | Rick B.
I too have not heard Bishop bloviate personally, however the Chicago Times report on his bloviating stated: Bishop said he does not want Yosemite to give back the land but wants answers. He said federal law requires approval of additions to a national park that are more than 200 acres and worth over $750,000.
Sep 10th - 18:03pm | Lee Dalton
As I said above, I heard that Bishop was on the radio blasting this. That information from a friend whose information is normally trustworthy.
Sep 10th - 17:59pm | ecbuck
Did you hear the broadcast? Nope, but I did see an independent third party's reporting of Bishop's comments which I cited. Nothing baseless about my comment. What is baseless is your hearsay report from a unidentified source which was obviously wrong.
Sep 10th - 15:06pm | ecbuck
As usual Lee, a total misrepresentation of the facts. Bishop is not blasting the acquisition or threatenting to stop it. He has specifically said he doesn't want to return the property. What he is blasting is the process. It is his belief that any acquisitions such as this needs Congressional approval and he is asking why that wasn't done.
Sep 10th - 14:43pm | Lee Dalton
I'm in Redwoods right now, but a friend just told me Rob Bishop is on the radio blasting this and threatening to stop it. No other details.
Sep 11th - 15:53pm | Bob Krumenaker
Hi Kurt, Nice addition. Please include Apostle Islands on your list of Junior Ranger links: https://www.nps.gov/apis/learn/kidsyouth/index.htm
Sep 11th - 10:02am | Kurt Repanshek
Good to go now, Lee. Thanks for pointing out the issue.
Sep 11th - 09:23am | Lee Dalton
I just tried to check this out and was thrice told "You are not authorized to access this page." I am properly logged in. Is it because only kids may access it and I haven't been a kid for a little over four hundred years?
Sep 10th - 17:45pm | Dick
Beautiful video! We camped at Obed two years ago and loved the rural character of the park.
Sep 10th - 17:27pm | tahoma
"Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly, man got to wonder why, why why?Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land, man got to pretend he understand."Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle
Sep 10th - 13:58pm | Alfred Runte
"Fish gotta swim, and birds gotta fly, but they don't last long if they try." Tom Lehrer, Pollution http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-solar-bird-deaths-20160831...
Sep 9th - 11:36am | Jhtlag
I found my small Kia was much more easy to navigate on moose Wilson Road then large SUVs that you see
Sep 9th - 10:16am | Anonymous
I believe that Devil's Postpile National Monument (a real gem, by the way, at the "end of the road" past the town of Mammoth Lakes, California and Mammoth Mountain Resort), protects a parcel of this land that was once within Yosemite, was withdrawn for the stated purpose above, and then was protected again by Presidential Proclamation amidst outcry over a plan to dynamite the postpile formation
Sep 9th - 10:07am | Anonymous
In Yellowstone, Fishing Bridge RV Park is the only campground that offers hookups, and no tent camping allowed. The second part is ostensibly becasue of potential bear problems, but it also provides space from the largest RV units camping in the park.
Sep 9th - 10:05am | Anonymous
Thank you for this opportunity to rant about modern American-branded motorcycles. Here we are in 2016, with vehicle engineering having refined muffler technology decades earlier, and yet legions of man-children continue to relive their teenage years on the back of ridiculously noisy beasts. Second only to the stupidity of "rolling coal", this hobby beggars logic.
Sep 8th - 20:27pm | Chet Yacek
I am deeply saddened with the loss of my good friend Masa. We climbed together and enjoyed sharing stories of our adventures. He was a good man. He loved his family more than anything. I will miss you my friend. May you be at peace.