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Feb 16th - 15:11pm | RickyAZ
After watching the recent American Experience on Ruby Ridge, having the gov't avoid going straight to Defcon 1 seems like a wise move. It's the low season for most law enforcement Rangers anyway.
Feb 16th - 13:38pm | Rick B.
Using gasoline in today's society does not equal wanting oil spills in the cemetaries of others. You are conflating too much, wildplaces. Just like needing to use the toilet a couple of times a day does not equal wanting to leave an offering in your particular punchbowl.
Feb 16th - 12:52pm | wild places
Wow, first no one is denying the Indians anything. Second, most of you would be fine and even cheer if the Rangers were called as you state to protect the protestors or the water but that is not their job either is it? And unless you have given up your gasoline powered vehicles and petroleum made products or any product that get to you via trains, trucks, planes etc.
Feb 16th - 10:33am | Freddy Demuth
Special Enforcement Team (SET). Not uncommon for federal LE staff to be loaned out in such fashion.
Feb 16th - 09:36am | NPS_Ret_in_2016
I remember getting called up to assist a presidential visit to a National Park. Not this. Sad!
Feb 16th - 07:54am | FalloutRanger
It's my understanding that SRST does not want any more protesters camping on the rez. They have publicly said their fight will now be in the courts. Therefor NPS LEO'S would be there to help the tribe keep unauthorized persons from making camp on tribal lands and the help keep the land free of trash and debris.
Feb 16th - 07:45am | Love this Rangers
what is the "order" and who can actually do that? Secretary?
Feb 16th - 05:54am | Neicie
This is awful. NPR are not security guards or private mercinaries working for corporate interests. This is an abuse of power.
Feb 15th - 23:12pm | KMuench
Our guardians, those that protect US land, should be focused on protecting our water. DAPL already had a significant leak in Dec.
Feb 15th - 22:59pm | StillG
See you there. Bring a vest. Rangers done changed some since you left.
Feb 15th - 21:41pm | Nps vet
i don't believe this. LE is not the national guard. You can't just call upon them, they have parks to patrol. If this is the case I will be in uniform at standing rock next weekend defending the sacred.
Feb 15th - 21:15pm | michele curran
http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fancestralpride.org%2F953-2%2F... _ekJEar7IX1giuvzXMeI1WlVYCEkFqrz6YwBWW39gcK0u6sdvXtDna_A98NqRwEI5m7clg_XQ3plRGiwY_BKQxUWG8JK6 Not sure about the veracity of this.....
Feb 15th - 19:22pm | ecbuck
Unless they are there to protect the water protectors, it is a misuse. Either it is a misuse or it is not. Who they are protecting is irrelevant. But in your (and the left's in general) ususual fashion, the law doesn't matter, only the ideological outcome.
Feb 15th - 18:50pm | S. Garrison
I am so sick of this crap with the so called government again rape the land then shitting on it till it becomes inhabitable. Who are they to deny the Indian people the right to live on the land that was once useless to the white man just to be thrown off again due to white greed! These whites are the lowest scum of the earth, that means you, you fat.
Feb 15th - 18:43pm | Rick B.
Classy way for Trump to get back at the seditious little Park Service.
Feb 15th - 17:48pm | Lee Dalton
This is completely disgusting.
Feb 15th - 17:15pm | Rick B.
Unless they are there to protect the water protectors, it is a misuse.
Feb 16th - 14:34pm | lmf
People ruin everything. Such a shame.
Feb 16th - 09:09am | Kurt Repanshek
Fastharv, we share a number of your questions, and are working on a follow-up to the initial report from CAP.
Feb 16th - 08:56am | fastharv
What this article fails to point out is that all the assets occupied by park concessioners are federally owned. Condition assessments are conducted and deferred maintenance is identified on any assets that will be included in a potential concessions contract. If financially feasible, the cure of the DM is included as part of the contract. However, there ar
Feb 14th - 21:40pm | Rip
Feb 16th - 04:55am | paranoid too
Well said. They may be down some employees due to the hiring freeze and want to cut their workload in an offical sounding way. It's your park! (for the benefit and enjoyment of the people" Write or call the superintendent, Kate Cannon at: Mailing Address: PO Box 907 Moab, UT 84532 Visitor Information: (435) 719-2299
Feb 15th - 23:45pm | Rick B.
And you stutter in double posting, Mr Hide Behind a New Name. "And the our government employees (Rick B.) are quick to use the tried-and-true post World War II tactic of all civilians are crazy."
Feb 15th - 22:31pm | Mr. Paranoid
And that's how it's done ladies and gentlemen, make an obvious observation, as all American citizen should do. And an Government employee Rick B. Will use the post World War II tried-and-true tactic, of deflecting it back to you like you're crazy.
Feb 15th - 22:24pm | Mr. Paranoid
And thats how it's done ladys and gentlemen, point out something that is wrong. That all good citizen who are thinking adults are supposed to do. And the our government employees (Rick B.) are quick to use the tried-and-true post World War II tactic of all civilians are crazy.
Feb 15th - 17:28pm | Rick B.
Thanks for pointing that out backpacker. I'm seeing docs right now for both my arthritis [my typing is lousy] and my vision [cataract surgery soon]. You understood what I was saying and my observations were still spot on. Just watch out for them black helicopters.
Feb 15th - 17:21pm | tomp2
Feb 15th - 14:00pm | SmokiesBackpacker
"Parnoid Fantasy". (Try spell checking Rick B., but I swear I'm not out to get you.) The NPS frequently employes "resource degradation" as a justification for reducing backcountry camping. Yet they provide no data to back it up. The NPS has successfully reduced backcountry camping throughout the system. But, guide services are BOOMING.
Feb 15th - 12:07pm | wild places
Looking for an education. Why can't this be done with people using the back country overnight? Or at least using it on a smaller scale? Guess I'm struggling to come up with how allowing back country camping would interfere with a study but not day hiking.
Feb 15th - 11:14am | Rick B.
Beyond 'broad statement' it sounds closer to 'parnoid fantasy'.
Feb 15th - 10:30am | Trailbuilder
That is a pretty broad statement to say that all National Parks do not want backpackers. This article suggests they are looking into ways to protect the resource not keep out backpackers.
Feb 15th - 08:47am | SmokiesBackpacker
This is where the NPS would like to go with all backpacking. They would like to end it permanently outside of guided trips by concessionaires. The NPS doesn't want people in the backcountry and their fee schemes are a great way to do it.
Feb 15th - 22:08pm | Kellie Etherson
The exhibit, once the HVAC system is worked out, ABSOLUTELY should be at Chaco and not anywhere else! The drive in is part of the experience of getting to Chaco and I cannot wait to visit again. It was an amazing journey and an incredible visit. I am disheartened to hear of the staffing problems and was sorry to hear that resource staff is based at Aztec (also an amazing exper
Feb 15th - 12:23pm | Patrick Christman
An obvious question: whom from the Park Service "signed off" as the original HVAC system was acquired, installed, tested, and certified as to meeting the contract specifications and performance requirements?
Feb 14th - 20:01pm | Lee Dalton
Good comments, Barbara and Robert. At least a good decision by the current superintendent should be a reasonable starting point.
Feb 14th - 17:46pm | Robert0117
I noticed what Barbara West mentioned on my visit to Chaco last spring. There was far less staff at the park and they were not as knowledgeable as staff I have dealt with in the past.
Feb 15th - 18:38pm | Acadia on my mind
You might also want to add to the reading list, the 3rd edition of our "Hiking Acadia National Park," which won the 2016 National Outdoor Book Award in the outdoor adventure guide category. A digital copy of the book is also included in the Acadia Bicentennial Time Capsule, so it serves as a message to the future about Acadia's trails, and is a bit of living history.
Feb 15th - 18:33pm | Acadia on my mind
If you're interested in the complete list of all items in the Acadia Bicentennial Time Capsule, check out our blog post: http://acadiaonmymind.com/2017/02/message-to-the-future-in-acadia-time-c...
Feb 15th - 17:25pm | Rick B.
With two caveats [this is from an allied agency, USGS, and that it is dated 2013 so the dollar amounts have changed] I believe this link will help with your questions: https://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html
Feb 15th - 16:47pm | Barbara Tanks
If I want to camp at National Parks, what does the Senior Pass do for me?
Cell Phone Tower Issue At Theodore Roosevelt National Park Raises Questions Of Connectivity In National Parks
Feb 15th - 15:17pm | SteveM
This is another effort to dictate how, when, and where people can visit Wilderness. High-tech cookware and clothes are allowed, but invisible waves passing through air are not?
Feb 15th - 13:26pm | justinh
Feb 15th - 12:50pm | Jason Abrams
As a member of the Greater Big Bend Coalition, I can tell everyone that we will aggressively battle any plans for a wall or remote surveillance towers in Big Bend. We are taking this issue to Congress.
Feb 14th - 21:11pm | Gary Wilson
The wall won't happen. It's a big empty promise, that trumpty dumpty used to get both sides riled up into hysterics. When all is said and done, we will probably have closer ties to Mexico than we do now when the next administration comes about, because of these hysterics.
Feb 14th - 16:27pm | Pam S
I can't even imagine a wall going thru Big Bend National Park. Not to mention the sheer logistics of building said wall. An insane idea form an isane man.
Feb 15th - 12:23pm | Matthew Wakelee
Glacier is probably my favorite National Park. I've been there three times, but never in winter. Great photos Rebecca. I absolutely loved the bottom one.
Feb 15th - 07:31am | randy muir
Feb 15th - 06:19am | Rebecca Latson ...
Hi There, Amarillobymorning - Thanks for the kind words. As for any armchair guide in the near future, I have my national park visits all mapped out for this year and I'm afraid I won't be in Utah this year. The places you plan on visiting certainly sound like a good stop for me at some point in time, perhaps in 2018 (I have visited Canyonlands, but only for a day). Enjoy your travels!
Feb 15th - 06:14am | Rebecca Latson ...
Thank you, Dewayne, for your kind words. I didn't know about the telescope - that sounds really cool and I'll bet it's amazing on a clear night.
Feb 14th - 16:38pm | Danny Bernstein
What a great story! International visitors focus on the western parksIt's a red letter day for me when I meet international visitors in Great Smoky Mountains National Park or on the Blue Ridge Parkway - even better when I see them on a hiking trail.!!I always volunteer to take their photos (got to use those international words).Danny Bernstein