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Walking Le Chemin De St. Jacques In France - Part 1

Jul 23rd - 06:38am | Chris Hoare

I enjoyed your article. Thanks for posting it. 

Legendary River Runner George Wendt Passes

Jul 22nd - 23:52pm | Tom Martin

While George was a great guy, this article states "His company, O.A.R.S. was the first oar-powered rafting outfitter on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon." George would be the first to admit that the first oar-powered rafting outfitter on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon would have been Norm Nevills and Nevills Expeditions, running in Grand Canyon the year George was born (1941).

National Park Service Leadership Team Explains Zero Tolerance Sexual Harassment Policy

Jul 22nd - 18:48pm | Retired Ethical...

With the Director's past performance on this issue, one should be excused from being a little skeptical about his words, especially "Zero tolerance".  We've heard it all before, but nothing changes.  And, the last thing we need is another survey, especially when the Director refuses to recognize or act upon the results of previous employee surveys.  These are the o

Jul 21st - 16:33pm | aargle bargle

'Some have asked what it means for the National Park Service to have a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment," Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said Wednesday in memo emailed system-wide.'

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

Jul 22nd - 18:24pm | plainview

And from the info booklet that came with it:  Q.  Can lost or stolen passes be replaced?  A.  No.  Due to privacy and logistical considerations, passes cannot be replaced; a new Pass must be purchased.

Jul 22nd - 18:20pm | plainview

Yes.  From the back of mine : NOT RESPONSIBLE for misplaced, lost or stolen cards.  Non-Refundable"

Jul 22nd - 15:34pm | Mary Kimball

I bought a pass that hangs in my window but lost it, do I have to buy a new one?

Take A Closer Look At Proposed Ancient Forest National Park

Jul 22nd - 14:42pm | argalite

Scotsman, it is the dams that have affected the salmon more than resource extraction and the "gold rush"

Jul 22nd - 14:40pm | argalite

A map would have been nice.

Jul 22nd - 06:44am | Jenny Romanini

Admirable, gracias a las personas que se preocupan por mantener la esencia de vida y la belleza en la natuaraleza 

Terry Tempest Williams To Speak At Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Jul 21st - 21:43pm | rmackie

Thank you for post Lee, yes she is excellent. 

Jul 21st - 16:32pm | Lee Dalton

I'm about halfway through reading this.  It's an excellent book.

Outside Magazine Dug From Its Archives A Photo Promoting Illegal Camping In Arches National Park

Jul 21st - 18:36pm | ecbuck

when you assume things. I have assumed nothing.  I asked what rules were violated and indicated that if they had been broken it wasn't OK.  I was later shown the exact rules and indicated they had been broken.  

Jul 21st - 16:41pm | Lee Dalton

Y'know what they say about assumptions, Esteemed Comrade.  Seems like you're making yourself one of those things that results when you assume things.

Jul 21st - 09:33am | ecbuck

Once again Gary - I said if they broke the rules it was not OK.  I acknowledged later, after someone showed me the rules you linked to, that they broke the rules.  Of course, that is assumming they didn't get a permit.  Do you know for a fact they didn't?

Jul 21st - 09:30am | Anonymous

Simple logic would dictate that the NPS would not have approved this photography crew of setting up a prop and illuminating the bowl for this image, since the shot violates quite a few of it's own rules - and promotes an idea that is against park regulations  Obviously, National Park Service staff are quoted in this very article stating rules that were broken.  So, it's highly doubtfu

Jul 21st - 08:40am | Gary Wilson

I think it's evident that this article mentions some of the regulations they broke.  I mentioned another one - using a prop for commercial photography without securing a permit.  Tossing up a tent that is not permitted in a camping exclusion zone would be considered using a prop for commercial interests.  If they didn't use a tent, nor lit the area, they could have took the photo

Jul 21st - 07:50am | ecbuck

Gary - can you read or are you overcome by your desire to make personal attacks?  My words "What regs did they violate?  If they did, then no it isn't OK...."

Jul 21st - 07:46am | Gary Wilson

Yep, anytime one sets up a prop to be used in commercial photography, which is the case here, one would definitely need to secure a permit.  In this case, the NPS would not have approved of the image, since it would have promoted illegal camping in a sensitive area. 

Jul 20th - 11:20am | ecbuck

No evidence, which is why I used "likely" and didn't make an assertion.  But to make you happy, Kurt provided some regs that indicated even that activity would be illegal.  

Jul 20th - 11:13am | muddymoose

Submitted by ecbuck on July 17, 2016 - 10:22am. Its likely this was a planned and staged shot and after taken, everyone packed up and left. Much ado about nothing.   Do you have evidence for that otherwise baseless assertion?

Jul 18th - 10:37am | Tim M.

You're a good man, Kurt. I'm amazed you keep responding. 

'Bearcam' Study Looks At Human Emotional Connection With Wildlife, Parks

Jul 21st - 02:04am | John 1138

I'd like to see a third component compared: zoos. 

Bear Hazing Attempt Goes Wrong At Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Jul 20th - 19:24pm | Mike McMonagle

Maybe lethal slugs and rubber slugs should be in different colored casings?....

Jul 20th - 13:36pm | Pasakhosht

Outrageous!  I bet that officer would have let a polar bear off with just a warning.

Centennial Series | The National Park System In The Next Century

Jul 20th - 17:31pm | Carole Hamann

We agree with you George. Been camping for 40 years. Mostly on the west coast.   Living in California we have a lot of opportunity to  see Utah, California, oregon,Washington,, Idaho, Montana and  Wyoming.  Newly retired we're  just getting started.

UPDATED: Golden Gate National Recreation Area Superintendent To Take Grand Canyon National Park Helm

Jul 20th - 16:13pm | Bruce Sanders L...

Christine -- Are you Robert's wife? Son of Julius? I (Bruce Lehnertz, son of George who was brother to Julius) inherited the Genealogical duties of the Lehnertz clan. Love to connect! Friend or Message me on Facebook?

Jul 20th - 15:27pm | Ethical Retired...

Good luck, Christine.  GRCA has suffered because of cronyism, and at least the NPS Director is now publicly acknowledging that an "Outsider's perspective" is needed.

Jul 20th - 13:34pm | Shelly S

Wow- Chris what a great career you have had. When I'm near a river here in Colo. I think of you and "fish shocking." Good luck with your new position!

Jul 20th - 11:14am | Rick B.

Congressmen have asked for lots of things. This article is about Christine Lehnertz, not about your personal vendetta.

Jul 20th - 08:33am | SmokiesBackpacker

Congressman have asked for Jarvis to step down but he refuses.  We all predicted this arrogance from someone who identifies himself as a "risk taker".  I suppose the sexual abuse is also an example of "risk taking". Except all parties got caught.  And one is scott free being funded by taxpayer dollars.

Jul 19th - 21:56pm | Rick B.

I wish her all the best in a difficult situation.

Jul 19th - 21:38pm | Julie, tucson

Good luck with your battle!  Proud that you are brave enough to take on such an enormous responsibility! 

Rocky Mountain National Park's Trail Ridge Road, Not A Good Place For Vertigo

Jul 19th - 23:41pm | Karen

Oh "flatlander", I feel your pain. I'm back in my hotel after a similar experience today. I knew I was scared of heights, but I had no idea it would be this bad. I got numbness in my hands and came very close to a full-blown panic attack, including some illogical thoughts of getting out of my car in the middle of the road and paying somebody else to drive it down without me.

Exploring The Parks: A Visit To The Harry S Truman National Historic Site

Jul 19th - 20:08pm | Steve Nelson

Kurt - from the article - "Secret Service protection was provided following the "assignation" of President John Kennedy."  Is that a Freudian slip or what? This is the funniest thing I have ever seen on this site!    

Great Basin National Park Campers Will Be Challenged This Summer

Jul 19th - 11:19am | ecbuck

Perhaps because that is what your want to hear.  But the sound is actually someone questioning the sense of the policy.

Jul 19th - 10:49am | Lee Dalton

Gee, do I hear some echoes of the Great American Entitlement Mentality here?  

Jul 19th - 10:13am | oldbuffalo

Try the Silver Jack Inn and Lectrolux Cafe in Baker, great craft beer selection, and they offer free camping - FREE PRIMITIVE CAMPING - When you make purchases in the restaurant/grocery store which has WI FI access. Just across the street from the restaurant and motel, sited by a stream and in trees, is our free camping.

Jul 19th - 08:02am | ecbuck

I have called the park - as did a rep for  Grey Cliff is the only campground that takes reservations and it has a two night minimum.  Campgrounds fill most weekends and frequently during the week according to the ranger.  Question is, why a two night minimum and why aren't more sites in such a remote area reservable?

Jul 18th - 23:01pm | Lee Dalton

GRBA campsites have always been first come.  But a quick check indicates that may be taking reservations now.  (It's a bit confusing.  Maybe a phone call to the park might help.)  

Jul 18th - 21:44pm | Artemesia

In the past "overflow" campers were allowed to use the large group camping area.  I'd call the park...

Jul 18th - 20:58pm | ecbuck

Best I can tell, there are no concessionaires involved with Grey Cliff or the other campsites, only Lehman Caves and cafe.  Was told by that it was NPS policy. 

Jul 18th - 19:41pm | Rick B.

Probably decisions made by the job creators who own the concessions.

Jul 18th - 15:30pm | ecbuck

If that is not bad enough, the only campground that takes reservations is Grey Cliff, the least developed of the campgrounds.  Even worse, there is a two night minimum.  I am trying to stay there on my way back from Yosemite in August.  The day before I want to arrive is open but not the day after.  Therefore there is no way I can make a reservation that will be held.

Scientist’s Research On Dark Skies Above National Parks Aids In Study Of Light Pollution

Jul 19th - 10:39am | Owen Hoffman

This is a very important article.  I am very happy to see the NPS promoting the night sky as a park resource worthy of protection and interpretation.

Star Party Coming To Fossil Butte National Monument In August

Jul 19th - 10:24am | Owen Hoffman

I am thrilled to see the NPS actively promoting the night sky as a park resource in areas of the East and West.  This coming Saturday, July 23rd, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will host a public star gazing program at Nemo Bridge across the Emory River near Wartburg, TN (beginning at 9:30 PM).

Discovery Channel Version Of NPS Mystery Also Offers A Challenge For Sharp-Eyed Viewers

Jul 19th - 07:31am | Jeff Moser

Besides the gun being a Glock semi-automatic instead of a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolver, in the clip the weapon was shown ipointed it different directions before being removed.

Jul 19th - 07:17am | Jeff Moser

His gun was a .357 magnum revolver, not a Glock semi-automatic pistol.

Entrance Fees Generate Hundreds of Millions of Dollars A Year for National Park Service

Jul 18th - 20:40pm | El caption

To valley camper point yes you are correct  and the park left the campground in a wreck with the restrooms rotting away for years after the 1997 flood terrible, a waste of "our monies" it was very dangerous just to walk thru that deserted camp ground accross from houskeeping  what a rip off! 

Why Dry Tortugas National Park Should Be At The Top Of Your Bucket List

Jul 18th - 17:44pm | Rangerskip

I visited the Park back in the early 1990's. It is one of the most incredible locations on the planet. It is out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by beautiful blue green waters. And when you realize just how challenging it had to be in order to build the impressive brick fort, you become awestruck. A definite bucket list but I did not know it at the time. 

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