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Information Sought By Park Users, And That Provided By The National Park Service, Can Be Miles Apart

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.

Photography In The National Parks: The Great Rewards Of Lowered Expectations

Sep 13th - 07:27am | Anonymous

Love the heart shaped cactus!

Fish Continue To Return To Elwha River After Dam Removal In Olympic National Park

Sep 12th - 12:11pm | Rick B.

Good news.

Yosemite National Park Grows By 400 Acres With Donation Of Meadow

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 8th - 19:26pm | justinh

Great news!  Thanks for the article.

Move Over Baseball, National Parks Have Trading Cards, Too

Sep 11th - 15:53pm | Bob Krumenaker

Hi Kurt, Nice addition.  Please include Apostle Islands on your list of Junior Ranger links:

Exploring The Parks: Obed Wild And Scenic River

Sep 10th - 17:45pm | Dick

Beautiful video! We camped at Obed two years ago and loved the rural character of the park.

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

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

Traffic Limitations Likely Coming To Moose-Wilson Road In Grand Teton National Park

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

Study: Roughly One-Third Of Yosemite National Park Lost For Resource Extraction

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 8th - 13:13pm | Alfred Runte

The principal reductions to Yosemite occurred in 1905, and another in 1906 when Yosemite Valley was "returned" to the federal government. There is nothing new in this "study," other than to forget the original "studies." No one perceives the original parks as "sacrosanct" if they have bothered to read those studies. So this is graduate study today--inventing another acronym--PADDD?

Sep 8th - 12:01pm | [email protected]

Sep 7th - 22:55pm | rmackie

Kevin, and I am certainly not an expert, but the Merced Wild and Scenic River designation, signed into law by President Reagan in 1984, included the river corridor in Yosemite.

Sep 7th - 13:31pm | Rick B.

Incredible.   A voice advocating for resource extraction ["for the health of the forest"\ turning around in 1984 Newspeak to call environmental conservationists'greedy' is pushing irony to the N'th degree.

Sep 7th - 12:35pm | Kevin D. Barry

The park is big enough.  We need to keep doing resource extraxtion for the health of the forest and the surrounding communities.  The park service has created the illusion of ovecrowding by eliminating thousands of parking spaces and hundreds of camp sites.  They hijacked the "Wild and Scenic River" designation to remove amenities in the park.  The Merced WSR designation was

Keeping Things Quiet In The National Parks

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 - 19:13pm | ecbuck

Another "camper" that want to tell others how to enjoy the parks.  Places should be available for both RV and Tent campers, just not in the same spot.  My experience is that most parks are handling it this way, offer RV/tenting spots and tent only spots.  

Sep 8th - 12:17pm | Mark Kennedy

If you "must have" electricity to "camp" then go to an RV park or stay in your driveway!

Japanese Climber Dies Of Unknown Causes On Denali

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.

Michael Frome, A National Advocate For Environmental Stewardship, Dead At 96

Sep 8th - 19:44pm | Greg Lais

l'll always remember going to Listening Point with Michael. We talked through the night while my newborn son slept in Sigurd Olson's bed. One of a kind.

Sep 6th - 16:16pm | Tim McNulty

Michael was the dean of American conservation writers, an uncompromising environmental journalist, and a teacher who inspired a generation of environmental writers. His defense of wilderness was intimately bound to an ethic of non-violence and a respect and reverence for all life.

Would You Love Zion National Park As Much If It Were Called Mukuntuweap National Park?

Sep 8th - 19:44pm | Eliza

are you sure that this is actually true? where are your sources? I honestly wont believe this unless you tell me your sources, but the only thing i believe is its original name, so what were your sources? Are you making this up?

Remembrance Set For 9/11 Victims At Flight 93 National Memorial

Sep 8th - 14:07pm | Kirk Hamlin

flight 93, America's greatest Heroes  Let's Roll

Is The Time Right For A "Maine Woods National Park"?

Sep 7th - 18:12pm | Cassidy

She chose to gift the land to avoid paying taxes. The government says that each person coming to the area will supply $10 per person who goes, however the last calculated amount of visitors acording to wikipedia is 63,000 from 2008. So that times $10 is $630,000. 

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

Sep 6th - 17:46pm | ecbuck

Bill - Spend $10 and get a new one.  

Sep 6th - 16:58pm | William H. VIVRETT

For years I have owned a Lifetime Senior  Pass .  I have lost it and do not have its'  number .   How can I get a replacement ? thanks,   BILL   VIVRETT

Op-Ed | Will The National Parks Get Their Trademarks Back?

Sep 6th - 17:32pm | Anonymous

The National Park Service was incredibly negligent, in my opinion, the cost of ignoring its History Division and what were once its fine scholars there. Scholars can write all of the books they want, but still the rank and file need to READ them--starting with the director. Water under the bridge, I suppose, but we should hope the next bridge-builders have more common sense.

Sep 6th - 10:57am | Heather Brooke

Thank you for taking the time to write this article.  

Conversation With A National Park Lodge Manager

Sep 6th - 05:31am | Nk

Great article!

Trails I've Hiked: Grinnell Lake By Boat And Boot In Glacier National Park

Sep 5th - 23:51pm | Bronwyn Kairuz

Can you do this hike in winter? In Deceeber? 

Some Eye Candy, Grand Teton National Park Style, For Labor Day

Sep 5th - 20:55pm | Rick B.

Ya can't just shut it down for a couple of minutes to enjoy a pretty picture. You ust be loads of fun at home.

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