I visited the museum maybe 10 years ago. It's like no other museum I've ever seen. Rather than dusty antiquities behind glass, it showcases wonderful living and breathing species. My favorite? The Elf Owl! Definitely worth a visit. I envy people who live nearby and can visit regularly.
Feb 2nd - 22:04pm |
Hmmm, "Non-Recreational" makes me wonder... Organ Pipe is on AZ Route 85, which is the road that leads to/from Puerto Pensaco, Mexico, a popular recreational destination for Arizonans.
Dick, you raise an interesting point. Using nps.gov/stats, if you look at the annual visitation by year, you get the 224,548 figure you cite, but if you go to Monthly Public Use stats they show the stats mentioned in the story. But what's even more interesting is that the monthly "non-recreational visits" are more than double the "recreational visits."
Feb 2nd - 14:10pm |
Organ Pipe Cactus NM is certainly a spectacular destination, but I think the visitation numbers for both 2014 & 2015 are way too high... much higher than even at the more-accessible Saguaro NP. According to nps.gov/stats, visitation to Organ Pipe was 224,548 in 2014; that's the most recent year for which they've published figures.
I just trademarked the word "trump."
As soon as I collect, I'll fund some really neat stuff for the parks and everyone else.
Feb 2nd - 18:16pm |
All parties have some fault here.The court system needs to fix the wrong. I don't know how DNC could even own the rights to the name Yosemite National Park. Doesn't the American people own it? Does that mean I can buy the rights to the name "America?" Let's be real.
. I want to hear birds chirping and waterfalls flowing
What makes your "wants" any more relevant than someone elses? You can "hear birds chirping and waterfalls flowing" whether there is wifi in the park or not.
Feb 2nd - 18:01pm |
I totally agree. The visitors center and that's all. I want to hear birds chirping and waterfalls flowing. They're call natural wonders because they're not man-made. We get away for the peace and quiet.
Feb 2nd - 17:59pm |
Almost every time Congress wants to do something for the National Park Service, it's not for the right reasons. Ie- trying to kill the antiquities act. Need I say anything else. It's a place for us to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A way to disconnect from the demands we go through, and connect with Mother Nature.
Why is it people feel it is their right/obligation to dictate how others enjoy a Park? You enjoy it your way, let others enjoy it theirs. Someone looking at their texts or browsing the web has no impact on your ability to enjoy.
Feb 2nd - 12:00pm |
Please - NO! Cut the electronic umbilical cord! Be absorbed by the wilds. Shed the digital security blanket. National parks should be more than just scenery. They should be places of solitude and personal adventure where visitors can at least briefly experience some surviving semblence of what the natural world has to offer.
I have no problem with wifi in the Parks. You dont like it, don't turn it on. At the same time, I think NPS monies could be better spent. Let the wireless companies fund it. Its a service to their paying customers.
Feb 1st - 22:51pm |
No, Hell No! There's enough distracted people walking around outside the National Parks. The Natiional Park Experience is not about being distracted and disconnected from what the best gift these parks give to folks, peace and something bigger than their gadgets.
backpacker--just how many politicians does Jarvis (by the way, Smoky the Bear is a USFS symbol) have in his pocket? Have you ever watched a Congressional hearing when he was a witness? The ones asking the questions must have slipped out of his pocket. Get real.
Feb 1st - 13:39pm |
Many parks need the bandwidth to support existing users before we add more demand.
Wait a minute. The NPS is screaming that visitation is out of control and the sky is falling, but they want to provide WIFI to attract more visitors? I also go to the parks to get away from that crap. It's just another way Jarvis can scream for money. He is unbelievable.
Feb 1st - 10:21am |
Parks Canada has embraced adding wifi which has allowed users to receive park updates & book campgrounds.
It's kind of disappointing to see that list of august names as authors, though they don't provide any details as to the location or kind of services they're talking about. And you know what they say about the Devil being there ...
Jan 30th - 11:57am |
Noooooooo!!! That's why I go to the Parks -- to get away from the electronic assault.
Apples and oranges, John Quillen. The llamas are not allowed to graze on park vegetation, and do very little to any damage on the trail. Llamas and horses are also allowed for transport in wilderness areas as stated by rules and regulations within the wilderness act. Not that the wilderness act applies in the Smokies, but they still follow similar guidlines Horses and ll
What irony to see someone pontificate about the devastation wrought by stock on public lands who makes videos promoting the use of llama trains to "stock" a private lodge in the Smokies.
Thank you for my daily share, gary. We are thoroughly amused.
Lee, perhaps one of the best things to do is toss some donations at Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, and keep pounding the pavement at these meetings. It's evident, even in the comment section of most publications based in Utah that these bills are not supported by the majority of citizens in that state.
Trust me, Lee, i've seen my share of it over the years. I spent over a decade of my life living in Central Idaho. I used to hike and climb in the Pioneer mountains of Idaho and knew the range extensively, and this was an area that was a wilderness study area.
Thanks, Gary. You get it. Probably because you've actually witnessed it. That's refreshing.
Truth be told, however, there are a LOT of my fellow Utahans who get it, too. We just have to keep trying to spread the word to the rest of the world.
Gary, remember that cattle raised on most western BLM grazing leases -- particularly those on rangeland in dry areas like Utah and southern Idaho -- are NOT grass fed. Native grasses in these dry lands are long gone. These poor critters have to walk a mile for a blade of grass. As a result, they easily overgraze the land and wind up foraging on whatever they can manage to find
You must think I care what you do. I don't. I rarely come on this board, because Kurt let's you have free range to inflame and constantly incite on this board. Most cattle are sent off to holding pens in feedlots before they are slaughtered, where they are fed gen modified feed, and steroids regardless if they grew up on the range or not.
Lee, very troubling, here in California it has yet to come that. It is not that I oppose people speaking their piece, presenting their views, but the hostility and weapons permitted at these meetings, if that is the case, is very alarming. As a former Army Training officer preparing troops for Vietnam and a commissioned NPS Ranger for 34 years, I have no problem with responsible gun ownership.
I hope that Traveler and other similar publications will help get this information to our fellow Americans who live in eastern states. My family members back there -- say they had never heard of any of this stuff. It would be interesting to hear from some eastern Traveler readers. What do you guys think? These are your lands, too.
The BLM allotments Western ranchers use are not really public land, but rather grazing reserves to which ranchers hold a "property right" that the federal government has no authority to infringe.
Pure fantasy - if in fact that is what is being taught.
This from an article in the Tribune:
"Boise * The BLM allotments Western ranchers use are not really public land, but rather grazing reserves to which ranchers hold a "property right" that the federal government has no authority to infringe.