How sad, another tourist comes to our town, never leaves the one street consisting of 6 blocks of the tourism area (we are 23 block by 4 blocks), and thinks he knows what our beautiful alaskan community is like. Did you hike our trails that hold beauty that is second to none? did you visit our school that provides an iPad for ever single student?
Sep 23rd - 06:57am |
Well, as a journalist, I found your story about the town I lived in and was the town's editor for six years, snarky and missing of come important history. Skagway has always been a town where people come off of boats in droves, if as a Parkie you know the town's history. During the gold ruch toruists came to just watch the stampede, and yes, ride the train.
Thanks, Rick. This was my first experience in Alaska and even with Skagway, it was incredibly astonishing. I want very much to return soon. When I do, I may even include Skagway and may stay longer than just 24 hours. I didn't make it to Dyea, I didn't go looking for Orcas or humpbacks or salmon, I didn't do any real hiking, and honestly, I didn't really carefully explor
It sounds like Skagway has changed drastically since I was last there in 1973, before the Klondike National Historic Site even existed. I'm sorry to hear it. The trip we made that year piqued my interest in the gold rush, and, forty years later, I wound up writing a novel set in that time and place.
SELC is a wonderful conservation organization with dedicated lawyers and staff. Their advocacy in trying to stop an ill conceived plan of bridges on a national wildlife refuge was commendable. The state's plan called for 2 additional bridges to be built on the refugee, keeping the refugee in a perpetual state of construction for 10 to 20 years.
The SELC (Southern Environmental Law Center) is responsible for at least 10 years of litigation and tens of millions of dollars spent at their law firm opposing the bridge replacement in the name of saving the birds of Pea Island NWR into which the bridge returns people to land on highway 12 in NC.
was there several years ago and it is an eerie feeling...the high walls and unsure footing of rocks and river stones ...the Rangers all over the Park Service DO tell people of the rules and dangers...it has always amazed me how people think it will never happen to them. This area is not safe...it can be warm and sunny and in seconds you can be swept up and banged against the walls.
The video is spectacular. But we need to note that its location WAS NOT IN THE NARROWS. This was actually right at the end of the paved Gateway to the Narrows Trail. The Narrows themselves are about a mile upstream.
I hope they gave the park service a copy and that it will be used in some way to try to educate visitors.
Mackie, Thanks again for the book reference. I have been reading it for the past few days and find it captivating. I can related to some of the writer's experiences, especially the intrusion of politics into the managment process.
Regardless of whatever they may be called, the primary issues remain implementation and accountability. My first NPS career job was as an environmental planner working as an assistant to John Kauffmann, Chief Planner for what eventually became Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.
That's not entirely true, as evidenced by the just-released GMP for Everglades and the one a bit earlier this year for Biscayne NP. And Ozark National Scenic Riverways produced a GMP recently, too, I believe. But more and more Foundation documents are appearing.
Sep 18th - 13:51pm |
The NPS is no longer doing GMP's. They now do a Foundation document instead. https://parkplanning.nps.gov/foundationDocuments.cfm
Thanks for the feedback, Mackie. I definitely will try to get Binnewies book. In re: to park GMPs and other plans being shelved, sadly I have to agree. The Park Service is required to formulate plans - but it they are not required to implement them.
Sep 17th - 21:26pm |
There is a lot to chew on here, particularly in terms of reference over the decades. How do these definitions and guiding policies play out on the nps ground currently?
Nice post Ray. My own limid experience with long term planning processes is that, after all the effort, they tend to get shelved. Yosemite's GMPs are a classic example. The politics behind these efforts are interesting, the best book I have read on the subject, at least for Yosemite, is "Your Yosemite" by Bob Binnewies. I think you would find it very interesting.
There are a host of guidelines that park managers can use when faced with the need to make a management decision. Most have been referred to by other commenters. However, of them all the park General Management Plan (GMP) should be at the top of the list. Each park is required to produce a comprehensive GMP that is intended to be the prime management guideline.
Rabies is a very serious illness. Bats get a bad rap however. Only between 3-5% of bats have rabies. But when in doubt, leave it alone. http://www.getbatsout.com/rabid-bats-arent-cool-even-look-cute-fuzzy/
"Why not set up feeding stations in locations (away from human activity) where bears would normally find berries etc.? It would supplement in times of low berry production & help prevent the bears 'intrusion' into populated areas," Anonymous.
This sad tale highlights some important concerns of managing the interface of people and wildlife in the parks. A bear or other wildlife that seems docile or even "tame" around humans is still fundementally a wild animal and should be treated with respect and caution. The more we intrude on wildlife habitat the greater the possibility of unfortunate conflicts taking place.
Sep 19th - 14:39pm |
Why not set up feeding stations in locations (away from human activity) where bears would normally find berries etc.? It would supplement in times of low berry production & help prevent the bears 'intrusion' into populated areas.
Time to spend a winter planning!Professional cartographer Ted Hitzroth thru-hiked the Trail in 1983 and has annually updated his maps ever since. His current version is available at the link below for free download if you wish to print his excellent maps yourself.
They may be gone but they lived doing what they love. Although they will be missed dearly, their lives are a tribute to really living, which takes great courage. Being afraid and not taking chances in life is not really living at all. Do as they do follow your dreams and love what you do.
Sep 18th - 10:38am |
A job well done by the rescuers from all the agencies. A tragic incident for sure but at least the families have closure and all the parties have been recovered.
This is a nice video. The ranger in the video is Bob Schuster, who has been working summers at Glacier since 1967. I had the pleasure of being a member of his hiking groups and attending his lectures in 2009 and 2010, and apparently he is still going strong (and stronger than me at his more advanced age). He works at Many Galcier, where the daily hike starts for the Grinnell G
Same thing happened to me. I was young and extremely foolish back in 1973. I joined many visitors in jumping off the cliff at the "swimming hole." But then it rained for 4 or 5 days. We went back and the river was so much stronger. My friends warned me. Like an idiot, I went ahead and body surfed through the canyon all by myself, out of view. Whooosh!
can't expect the park to go after them just because a flash flood warning was issued
Sep 17th - 19:16pm |
Flash Flood Warning was issued at approx 2:00 PM, not at 9-10 AM.
Sep 17th - 15:48pm |
Permit was issued~7:30am, FlashFloodWarning issued~9-10am-FlashFlood occured~LateAfternoon/EarlyEvening; Knowing how deadly FlashFloods can be in the canyon, ParkAuthorities can certainly obtain an immediate helicopter warning in the afternoon hours?
Sep 17th - 14:45pm |
Knowing how dangerous the slot canyons can be in AZ and UT .. I can't believe a tour compNy would take that chance. I know I never would, cuz death by drowning is my worst nightmare. When we were at Zion a few years ago, I climbed Angels Landing with no fear, but could only wade in the Virgin River till I was knee deep.
This group was already in the canyon when a flash flood warning led park officials to announce they were closing their canyons. By that time, park officials say, there was no way to alert them to the violent floodwaters coming their way
I'm all for Lee Dalton's suggestion of respecting the parks and those who staff it. I wonder how many people actually stop and think about that. I try to pick up after others, but I admit to forgetting about thanking those people who clean up after *me* as well as others, and who are there to provide assistance and information.