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Politicians, Conservationists, And National Parks

Apr 24th - 17:19pm | Lee Dalton

Here's the latest from Utah and Bears Ears National Monument.

Crude Oil Refinery Proposed Next To Theodore Roosevelt National Park Raises Concerns

Apr 24th - 17:19pm | Kurt Repanshek

Perhaps we should look at more recent articles, EC, which suggest the jury is still out on the damage to the Gulf:

Apr 24th - 16:53pm | ecbuck

Yes kurt, deepwater was drilled and as the article suggested it has largely recovered in 5 years, well short of a life time. The Valdez was not Drilled

Apr 24th - 15:54pm | Lee Dalton

The Artful Dodger is dodging again.

Apr 24th - 13:42pm | Kurt Repanshek

Wasn't the BP well drilled? Thanks for the link to that article. Interesting, but they also note:

Apr 24th - 13:18pm | ecbuck

We are discussing oil drilling/extraction not shipping.  I cant find any bona fide organization to say six years isnt a "lifetime" as that is self evident but i can find this:

Apr 24th - 12:41pm | Kurt Repanshek

Ask the folks in Alaska affected by Exxon Valdez if the impacts have been"minimal." Can you cite any bonafide organization that says, and has the science to show, the impacts from Deepwater have been minimal?From an NPR story:

Apr 24th - 12:31pm | Stephanie Ryan

The stink from the cracking plant can be filtered with scrubbers.  However I don't want to see all sorts of other development popping up all around this park.

Apr 24th - 12:31pm | ecbuck

Deep water has been six years, far from a lifetime and has minimal residual effects on the landscape, particularly relative to the predictions

Apr 24th - 11:19am | Kurt Repanshek

Well, EC, some would say the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico will live up to that. While it's only been six years, if you look at the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez spill of more than a quarter-century ago, it seems likely that the aftermath of Deepwater Horizon will linger for quite some time.

Apr 24th - 09:47am | ecbuck

Jeffery, could you provide an example of an oil drilling/extraction accident that led to a lifetime of ruined landscape?

Apr 24th - 09:04am | Jeffrey J. Hill

Putting oil exploration equipment & a oil refinery so close to park boudaries is reckless.  The oil industry's record for land preservation is not good, "How can it be?"  Their primary motive is to pull oil out of the ground in the most cost effecive manner.  And that is n-e-v-e-r good for the environment. One accident and the landscape is ruined for a lifetime, if not more.

Apr 20th - 17:29pm | Michael Kellett

Aside from the obnoxiousnouss of this particular refinery, there is the big issue of cumulative impacts.

Apr 20th - 11:12am | Alfred Runte

Unfortunately, Lissa, those "green" sources of energy aren't so green, either, and now threaten 40 million acres of "life and environment" across the public lands of the American Southwest. If it is wrong to place an industrial facility on private lands adjacent to a national park, how is it any less wrong to actually plan for them on our public lands adjacent to our national parks?

Apr 20th - 10:14am | WM Rine

Um, that's not how property law actually works in this country. You have the right to do on your land what it has been zoned for (and this land is zoned agricultural). You have to get variances to do something different, which is not an unusual procedure but it does require analysis and possibly testing. You don't have the right to do something on your property that negatively affects mine.

Apr 20th - 09:48am | Lissa Kahl

I agree with Judy and Lee.  The oil refinery emits odors and toxins into the air that will reach the park.  Nothing that has that kind of destructive reach into our National Parks should be allowed.  There really is no place that is appropriate for that.  Money should be put invested into green sources of energy that preserve life and environment - not this toxic crap.

Study: National Parks Contributed $32 Billion To National Economy In '15

Apr 24th - 16:56pm | warren mcguffin

Taht amount of money is why some politicians wan to privatize the parks.

Apr 24th - 14:02pm | Acadia on my mind

It's interesting to note the state by state, and park by park breakdowns are available on an interactive tool accompanying the new national report. We made use of that for our blog post the other day on Acadia National Park's impact on the Maine economy.

Days End At Banff National Park

Apr 24th - 16:47pm | Lee Dalton

Wow, Rebecca, that is one fantastic photo.

UPDATED: Biscayne National Park Threatened By Discharge Waters From Nuclear Reactors

Apr 23rd - 22:18pm | Tom Mallard

Consider San Onofre's effluent changed the entire bottom ecosystem as a result of warmer water, with a warming ocean with acidification it's added a negative influence, how can the outcome using Steam Age technology for electricity?

Armchair Photography Guides

Apr 23rd - 14:17pm | Kurt Repanshek

Could you be more specific, Amarillobymorning. Not sure off the top of my head what photo guides you're referring to. Those by Rebecca Latson?

To Teakettle Junction And Beyond In Death Valley National Park

Apr 23rd - 07:13am | Cathy Janus

I agree, we rented from Farabee's & it was a great experience!

Apr 22nd - 19:32pm | Amarillobymorning

That's good to know, Lee. Thanks for adding it. Knowing this is available makes Teakettle Junction a "must" on my list.

Apr 22nd - 08:37am | Lee Dalton

A visit to the Racetrack is a great adventure.  But as Kurt points out, it's not a highway leading out there. 

"The Last Spike" - Separating Fact From Tradition At Golden Spike National Historic Site

Apr 22nd - 17:49pm | Lee Dalton

On page 363 of Stephen E. Ambrose's book NOTHING LIKE IT IN THE WORLD, we find that the engineer of the Union Pacific's locomotive Jupiter was George Booth.  The fireman was R.A. Murphy.  The train's conductor was Eli Dennison. Sam Bradford was engineer on 119 with Cyrus Sweet as fireman and Benjamin Mallory, conductor.

Apr 22nd - 16:09pm | Gaylel Gale

  do  you  have  the  names  of  those  who  actually were working on  either  engine during  the ceremon  or regular  workers  who actually  brought  the  engines  tgether?  

Lifetime "Senior" and "Access" Park Passes Now Available By Mail

Apr 22nd - 17:01pm | Aubry Collins

My local park said that I can obtain an all access pass due to my disabilty by bringing in documentation from my physician. Do I have to disclose all my medical inforamation to get this pass and do I have to hand over this letter with my personal information on it to park personnel? I don't want my HIPPA rights violated or to risk identity theft or theft of medical information.

Grand Canyon National Park Searching For Ways To Replace River District Operation

Apr 22nd - 15:46pm | To Lori, You do...

Its natural to assume the harrassment was by men towards women, but the actual truth is women were also the harrassers in this situation. Some employees did lose their jobs, some were reassigned, both MEN and WOMEN. There are male and female victims here, so know the whole story before you criticize.

The Monkey Wrench Gang Movie?: Forty Years Later

Apr 22nd - 13:11pm | JohnBick

"Had Abbey written MWG in 2016, would the Gang's targets have changed? In addition to oil wells and coal trains and bridges, would he have expanded his list to include trophy homes and elevated bikeways and luxury tour companies?" -- Probably. And toss in industrial wind farms and solar panel arrays on public lands, too.

Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument Latest Addition To National Park System

Apr 22nd - 12:24pm | Anonymous

Why don't you post the address???

Exploring The Parks: Musings From Island In The Sky At Canyonlands National Park

Apr 22nd - 00:41am | Testarossa Travel

I really loved the end of this article. This is what travel is all about, isn't it? The opportunity to see how we're all alike, no matter our language or culture. Nicely done.

Lake Mead Wants To Make Summer Closures Permanent At Two Dangerous Trails

Apr 21st - 23:46pm | Chris M

I simply state hiking in those areas in the Summer results in one simple conclusion. "Exit your vehicle! Join the food chain!" The only predators found in the Summer are Sun, Heat, Ignorance, and Thirst. Take the first letters of those words to describe your situation. Don't become another statistics stating that word! Sensible people do not hike those trails in the Summer!

Utah Delegation Asks President Obama Not To Use Antiquities Act In Utah

Apr 21st - 19:24pm | Lee Dalton

Trevor, respectuflly disagree with you.  All the land is already federal land.  None is private, although grazing has been allowed -- and may perhaps continue.  (That will depend upon how the monument's creation is written.)  I may well remain under adminstration by the Forest Service.  There are many unknowns at this point.

Apr 21st - 17:26pm | Trevor V

I Agree that we as a nation should protect certain areas as "National Parks".  But I invite you to visit the proposed area in San Juan County, to see what they are trying to do.  In a majority agricultural community it would devistate the cattle ranchers and their familys in the area.  This is not a good plan. 

Wolverine Sightings Growing in Rocky Mountain National Park

Apr 21st - 16:30pm | Tom 59

I was backpacking in the San Juans with 3 friends in early jJune 1978 or 79.  We were all very knwoledgeable about wildlife and we spotted a wolverine at the top of Endlich mesa above Durango Reservoir.  It was a particulrly heavy snow year and it took us 2 days to get to this area that typcially takes an hour and half.  Needless to say, we were the frist ones in that year.&

Grizzly Bear Shot and Killed By Hikers In Denali National Park and Preserve

Apr 21st - 12:39pm | Btoo

Well stated.  I had a solo encounter in Denali back 15yrs ago where it was a Grizzly and me coming head to head on the park road.  There was no option for me to escape.   I did exactly as the Rangers teach in the class, the bear bluff charged a couple times and then took off into the brush.

National Park Websites Get Extreme Makeover For National Park Week

Apr 21st - 10:31am | Harryb3570

Many promises here for creating a first class site but without funding and supportive management it will never happen. The National Park Service is a first class organization with a third class web site. The American people and the parks deserve a better site at least one without broken links and out of date information.

Op-Ed | The True Meaning Of Soda Mountain: The White House Is Giving Away Our Public Lands

Apr 21st - 08:10am | Lee Dalton

Agreed, Ron.  Earth is so full of humans and we are having such enormous impacts upon our planet that a growing number of geologists believe there should be a new epoch of geologic time -- the Anthropocene. 

Apr 20th - 22:47pm | Alfred Runte

A nice post, Ron. Thank you. I continue to imagine what the world would be like with only the 2 billion people it had when we were born. Saying that, I stir up another hornet's nest--Oh, you want everyone to be dead instead of you! No, I just want 5.5 billion people to wait their turn. Even if you believe in Mormon theology, must we have our trial on Earth all at once?

Apr 20th - 21:39pm | rmackie

Interesting Op-Ed Alfred. I agree that climate change is a natural process, all the geological and archeological evidence point to the fact. What is in dispute is the human impact factor and is it accelerating the process. It is a stretch to think the 7.5 billion of us, human beings with all our associated activities, is not exacerbating the situation.

Group Identifies 20 "Anti-Public Lands" Politicians

Apr 20th - 22:58pm | Lee Dalton

The lead story on one Salt Lake TV news show this evening was a squabble in the Utah legislature over the lawsuit idea that is being funded with taxpayer dollars.  A Louisiana law firm is being paid $1700 per hour and have apparently recently released a secret report.  The Republican leadership refuses to make it public.  They are claiming doing so would violate attorney / client

Trails I've Hiked: Half Dome, Yosemite National Park

Apr 20th - 15:54pm | ecbuck

In the preseason lottEry you can apply for up to 6 passes. If you win, you get what asked for. As to odds going down if you request 2 or more slots its not surprising. You are only allowed to apply for one. Full rules at 

Apr 20th - 13:08pm | Mark Sears

Not everyone gets 6 allotments.  Odds go down drastically when applying for more than 2 slots.  You still may be able to get someone to add you to their lottery win, but not very likely because most only have 2-4 slots.

Pssssst! You Can Find A Room In The National Parks This Year

Apr 20th - 12:29pm | Rick B.

Also, you can often net out to the same thing, staying a Forest Service site next door. A very good example is Lake Quinault Lodge, in the Olympic National Forest, literally next door to the NPS Olympic National Park. I've stayed there - a great lodge - and enjoyed hiking in the NPS Hoh Rain Forest.

Apr 20th - 11:43am | Kurt Repanshek

Man, I hate when that happens! Thanks Gila Monster, it's fixed now...

Apr 20th - 11:35am | Gila Monster

Seems like we have another new park: the John Muir National Monument. ;)

Lost to Hurricanes, the Flamingo Lodge at Everglades National Park Will be Hard to Replace

Apr 19th - 21:02pm | Marcia Hoffa Family

I also lived in Flamingo in 73-74, i would love to hear from anyone that lived there at that time. email address is [email protected] or can be found on facebook barbara hotchkiss lee in Milwaukee, WI

Apr 19th - 20:52pm | Family of Marci...

We also lived in Flamingo in the 70's and am wondering if we were there at the same time. My mom and her husband (Bob Hoffa) lived there for several seasons but me (Barb), my 2 younger sisters (Patty and Kimmie) and 1 older brother (Warren) lived there in 1973-1974. I believe the GM was Dan Tomlinson

Clingmans Dome Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Has Reopened

Apr 19th - 20:07pm | liz

Worth the hike.  Breath taking literally and figuritvly. 

Bears Lost Ironic Advocate in Jim Cole

Apr 19th - 19:30pm | Ingrid Cole

Gee, I would love to read Tim Rubbert's book, "Hiking with Grizzlies".  I know that Jim and Tim spent alot of time together in bear country.  Tim and Jim were very close friends.    

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