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UPDATED: President Obama Designates National Monument In Maine's North Woods

Aug 25th - 11:09am | Steve K

Finally! Wonderful news. Over the past 20 years a remarkable amount of land has been conserved in the Maine Northwoods. Still a lot of work remains....

Aug 25th - 00:21am | rmackie

Lou Ureneck, this is nice letter. I can relate to the locals concerns, I live in a county that has a population of about 18,000. One small town basically, not a stoplight in the county. The locals do see the urban sprawl coming closer with the population growth and all the development that goes with it. I think some locals will have some resentments toward the Monument.

Aug 24th - 21:03pm | Lou Ureneck

Applause but also dissent

Aug 24th - 19:45pm | Kurt Repanshek

Congrats, Justin! You'll get back to'll just take a few years;-)

Aug 24th - 19:27pm | justinh

Thanks, Kurt.  New baby.  New house.  And a vague memory of sleep.  But never very far from the Traveler.

Aug 24th - 18:41pm | rmackie

Kurt, just great news, so many thanks to Mrs. Quimby, her family, those that supported this effort and President Obama for making it a National Monument. More good news, Kurt,  Alfred Runte, the Board of Supervisors voted down the Soda Mountain Industrial solar farm. 

Aug 24th - 18:26pm | Kurt Repanshek

$20 million, with another $20 million to be raised in three years, I believe. So a $40 millon endowment. 

Aug 24th - 18:18pm | ecbuck

What was the cash donation that will fund the maintenance of this new park unit?

Aug 24th - 17:15pm | Kurt Repanshek

Glad to see you're still lurking out there, Justin;-)

Aug 24th - 17:07pm | justinh

Excellent, excellent news!

Aug 24th - 12:42pm | Rick B.

Absolutely agree with Lee here.

Aug 24th - 12:14pm | Lee Dalton

Excellent news!  Now let's hope the President has enough gumption to do the same for Bears Ears in Utah.

Aug 24th - 11:33am | Mike Painter

Good news! Rep. Rob Bishop from Utah won't be happy after traveling to Maine to hold a sham hearing to prevent the designation.

Soda Mountain Solar Project Fails To Get Key Permits

Aug 25th - 10:09am | Alfred Runte

However, Lee. California is a leader in rooftop solar. My brother installed panels on his home last year, and LOVES them. This remains a commercial boondoggle intended entirely to stick it to the taxpayers--and the public lands. Meanwhile, here's more from the good people at the Desert Protective Council.

Aug 25th - 09:25am | Lee Dalton

Rooftop solar is a much better answer.  But until legislatures begin making such installations easier by removing blocks such as zoning regulations, that will be an uphill battle.  In many places around the country, opposition to rooftop installations is led by power and energy companies that see threats to their bottom lines.  And they have the dollars to spend on opposition.

Aug 25th - 00:55am | Tom Budlong

The Supervisors showed that they understand the value of undisturbed desert, and the indefencisble imbalance of a damaged pristine desert while the the countyu's huge roof-top acreage in the county stays naked. The board is to be congratulated in resisting the short term benefit of spending pristine desert.

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

Aug 24th - 16:16pm | Brad W

in the high areas the speed limit doesn't go above 35 Mph Most of the curves are 15-20mph. I averaged about 25 mph in the high elevation and if I was slowing down traffic I just pulled over for a second and let people pass

Reader Participation Day: Are You Avoiding National Parks This Year?

Aug 24th - 13:07pm | outdoorsygirl

I've adjusted my plans this year to avoid the frontcountry (except to pull permits!) and head straight into the backcountry. Total of 31 tent nights and 180 miles in three of my favorite parks this year, and (so far) no crowds, no tour busses - just humbling, awe-inspiring experiences. Our National Parks are incredible places.

Aug 24th - 12:45pm | Rick B.

We will be staying close to home for budget reasons, but luckily home incluses exploring North Cascades Ntl Park, our new home.  Next spring will include Glacier and Yellowstone enroute to a nephew's graduation.

Aug 24th - 10:32am | Ted

Already went to Yellowstone & Gand Teton in late June. I was surprised that the crowds were less than I expected. This fall I am headed to the Utah parks and N. Arizona.

Aug 23rd - 19:52pm | Robert Murphy

When you visit Acadia Nat park go over to the Schoodic Peninsula. Some locals told us to go there we were so glad we did it was very very nice and has all been renovated in 2015. Plus NO crouds and very few people. It is also part of Acadic. Enjoy you won't regret it. 

Aug 20th - 16:40pm | Lee Dalton

Leaving next Friday for Crater Lake.  Unfortunately will be there over Labor Day weekend, but can't avoid it because I just learned from the NPS Reports site that the trail to the lake from the rim -- and the boat rides -- will be closed after Sept 5 for construction.  But I called Xanterra's campground reservation number and scored a site in Mazama CG with no trouble.  Also rese

Aug 20th - 12:41pm | BB

We were at the Grand Canyon June 13-14, went down S Kaibab, stayed at the bottom, then up Bright Angel.  Saw maybe 20 people each day on the trails, was surprised how few were hiking.  Granted it was very hot, we were lucky enough to catch it right after the first extremely week and before the next very hot week and pipeline break.

Aug 19th - 07:31am | beachdumb

Going to my favorite National Seashore Recreational Area tomorrow for a week and then another National Seashore next month. Over the past decade the dramatic rise of restrictions, closures, regulations and "feel-good" rules have seemed to reduce vistors in the areas we try to go to. But I think that's what the NPS wanted.

Mesa Verde National Park Proposes Entrance Fee Increases, Longer High Season

Aug 24th - 12:20pm | Lee Dalton

Golly, it still costs more to go to a movie than it does to visit a national park for a week.  Even the popcorn and soda pop cost more.  (And, given the "quality" of most movies these days, the park sure beats the movies for quality.)  

Aug 24th - 11:20am | MaryE

I use and visit the National Parks and plan to visit Mesa Verde NP next year.  I don't mind supporting the NP system more and I think this is a reasonable increase in fees.

Impasse Means Yosemite Trademark Issue Could Drag On Deep Into 2017

Aug 24th - 10:47am | Ljchester

Just curious did the previous companies or contractor buy the trademark or have a expectation to it when contract ended.  I'm my opinion this is a ridiculous court claim wasting govt ( yours and mine) taxpayers dollars.  Dismiss this and move on, company didn't get contract happens every year.  It doesn't mean they own the names of long established hotels and campgrounds.

Changing Climate Conditions Will Affect Winter Use In Yellowstone National Park

Aug 24th - 09:45am | Lee Dalton

Or is it hubris to believe that 7.5 billion humans on this little ball of water, rock and air are having no effect upon the planet? Remember, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature."  

Aug 24th - 08:53am | J. Ewing

So, if weather and climate are two different things, which one tells us how much snow to expect in Yellowstone, and how accurate are those predictions?  Any thought that "Climate Change" can be avoided by humans is hubris when, as others point out, Nature controls.  What we CAN do is to adapt, if and when.  It is much cheaper and far more likely to address the problem than our sp

Is NPS Getting Ready To Toss Bluffs Lodge On The Scrap Heap?

Aug 24th - 09:37am | Matt Rose

Forever Lodging did a tremendous disservice to the Bluffs Lodge.  They offered no online reservation system and were difficult to call... I once had to call several times in order to make a reservation. I fully expect that a competent concessionary could make money and provide a quality service to guests.

Quimby Family Transfers 87,000 Acres In Maine To Federal Goverment

Aug 24th - 08:49am | Michael Kellett

You do, indeed. We should also remember that the designation of the Rockefeller lands in Jackson Hole as a national park or monument was strongly opposed by some local interests. Today, of course, Grand Teton National Park is the foundation of the local economy and way of life, and no one would support eliminating it. Even vehement opponents eventually became supporters.

Aug 23rd - 13:46pm | Lee Dalton

Do I hear echoes of John D. Rockefeller Jr and Grand Teton here?

UPDATED: South Entrance To Yellowstone National Park Closed By Grand Teton Fire

Aug 23rd - 21:50pm | Laura Turner

Please everyone, stay safe.  God bless you all.  

Fall Construction Begins Along Glacier National Park’s Going-To-The-Sun Road

Aug 23rd - 20:25pm | ken strain

When is something going to be done about the condition of the road from Babb, MT to Many Glacier? It's has been terrible for years.

Nesting Green Sea Turtle Apparently Run Over At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Aug 23rd - 14:59pm | rmackie

Agree Dande,

Aug 23rd - 14:31pm | Dande

ORV's have no place on a National Seashore, National Park or National Forest.  Just because there is a demand for it from a vocal minority doesn't make it any more right than demands from mineral, oil or timber to use a national treasure and always at the expense of the treasure itself. We have a National designation and still can't do the right thing to protect it.

Aug 21st - 22:14pm | rmackie

m13cli, thank you I must agree. It is understandable that citizens enjoy the beach driving, however protecting the turtles should be the priority at least in my view.   

Aug 21st - 19:06pm | [email protected]

Once again, we find the Park Superintendency including the Law Enforcement Chief have little Respect for Biological Resources with Obvious Bias toward increasing tourism, at any cost.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Officials Believe After-Hours Driving Led To Sea Turtle's Death

Aug 23rd - 14:19pm | argalite

Control access

Aug 23rd - 12:21pm | Rick B.

I agree with both Lee and Rebecca. And since you won't get rid of the booze, put some commissioned LE rangers out there at night. Impound the expensive toys.

Aug 23rd - 09:54am | Lee Dalton

There is also the very distinct possiblity that the act was deliberate.  Perhaps as defiance against regulations, maybe fueled by some of those beverages that "remove No from the vocabulary."  

Aug 23rd - 08:04am | Rebecca Latson ...

Nowadays, the only way to stop after-hours or unauthorized anything is to actually have someone out there to spot them, stop them or at least get some sort identification for later reprisals.  I can't imagine a new proposal or printed warning, etc. will stop someone from taking their ORV and going for a little moonlight drive if they feel like it.

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

Aug 22nd - 13:59pm | Dean Weldon

I go to Le Puy 04 Sep 2016. Thanks for your article! 

PEER Says National Park Service Whitewashed Problems At Effigy Mounds National Monument

Aug 21st - 09:15am | tahoma

"The operating budget there is between $1 and $1.5 milion dollars annually.

Aug 19th - 11:11am | Rick B.

Not the press the NPS wants ----

Additions To Lewis And Clark National Historic Trail Being Considered

Aug 21st - 07:36am | Janis Herbert

As the author of the book Lewis and Clark for Kids, I'm thrilled to think these important sites might be added to the Lewis and Clark Trail. I took care to include information about the months of preparation in Pittsburgh and the route down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in my book. Adding these sites to the official trail adds a significant educational element.

A View From the Overlook: “How Do You Get A Permanent Job With The NPS?”

Aug 20th - 10:38am | Scott Williams

Guards work at malls. Most rangers need to take a shower I have noticed. I guess that's what you get for working for a free shirt. 

New Study Finds Many Appalachian Trail Hikers Are Unable To Identify Key Sign Of Lyme Disease

Aug 19th - 12:12pm | JCE

The reason the reported numbers are low is that if Lyme is suspected, oft times it is treated as such with antibiotics and not tested to confirm. This was my case. After spending time in New Hampshire with countless contact with ticks, I developed painful symtoms consistent with Lyme.

Centennial Series | National Parks Are A Gift To Our Youth

Aug 19th - 10:11am | Lee Dalton

Thanks for a fine essay.

More Than 200,000 Signatures On Petition Against Corporate Advertising In National Parks

Aug 19th - 09:03am | ecbuck

Good points Ron, but the key point is that the "evil" is not in the corporate contribution but in the failure to use the monies appropriately and allowing the quid pro quos.  And your are right, its an issue for the NPS, univerisities, charities and even one of our Presidential candidates.  But I'm guessing that's not going to keep you from voting for her.  

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