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  • Group Asks Public To Support Removal Of Trout From Some Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Park Lakes   5 years 22 weeks ago

    First of all I want to thank The Traveler for all the postings and the opportunity for comment. Thank you all very much. As far as the frog situation is concerned, I support the removal of introduced trout from places where they were introduced for the purpose of being able to fish. If the objective, non-partisan, science determines that the introduced non-native trout has had a negative impact on the frogs and that the removal of said trout will benefit the native frogs, then yes remove the introduced trout. Regarding the matter of " food source ", there are different kinds of food for different purposes. Food for the mind, heart, and spirit are also a necessity. Some say that this is an even more important food than food for just the body. And for me, and I don't think I'm alone here, the reason I seek out the high country is to find places where nature has not been interfered with, places where I may experience the wisdom and love that nature has for me. Such as the voices of frogs as part of the sound scape. Nature can survive without us but we cannot survive without nature. I want nature to be a friend to me so I will try my best to be a friend to nature. And I believe that nature knows who its friends are. This is a matter concerning the higher elevation lakes. If you want to eat fish, then the lower elevation lakes are suitable for this. In this way perhaps the frogs can live for another 150 years. At least. Please.

  • National Park Service Sued Over Termination of Indian Trader at Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Since Mr. Malone is an excellent business man he will have all his documentation for his personal Native American collection.

    As any collector of Native American artifacts knows the receipts add to authenticity of the articles purchased.

    Also the IRS will require these receipts for any sales of these artifacts.

    JJones
    Native American

  • Lake Michigan, Home to Two National Lakeshores, On Brink of Being Invaded By Voracious Asian Carp   5 years 22 weeks ago

    They need to backfill every body of water in Chicago that connects to Lake Michigan and stop this disaster from happening. If they get into Lake Michigan the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois should be held financially responsible for all of the fisheries destruction created in the Great Lakes and all its tributaries by these Asian carp. They have the opportunity now to put an end to this and block it from happening. If they do nothing ... they should be legally held responsible. Should this occur we as a people are obligated to file suit in federal court against the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois for this deliberate destruction of the Great Lakes. Get off your hands people, the time to act is ... NOW !!!!!

  • Lake Michigan, Home to Two National Lakeshores, On Brink of Being Invaded By Voracious Asian Carp   5 years 22 weeks ago

    way too many dumb***** in charge is why things like this always happen. they should have never been allowed to be imported in the first place. just like pythons now in florida, foreign ships allowed to dump bilge in our waters, hence gobys and zebras, killer bees, fire ants, wild boars, and so on and so on. we need to start holding our so called leaders responsible for the policies they allow. jailings and executions will stop there ... moves and there greed for the almighty dollar.

  • State of Wyoming Goes To Court To Boost Snowmobile Numbers in Yellowstone National Park   5 years 22 weeks ago

    The animals have a hard time in the winter without adding the pressure of all those snowmobiles. Give 'em a break! Let them have a rest from tourists.

  • State of Wyoming Goes To Court To Boost Snowmobile Numbers in Yellowstone National Park   5 years 22 weeks ago

    So I guess the governor won't mind 1,000 snowmobiles parking in his own backyard, cutting a swathe through his garden and circling the governor's mansion?

  • Lake Michigan, Home to Two National Lakeshores, On Brink of Being Invaded By Voracious Asian Carp   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Why don't they just drag a large fishing net behind them to catch those damaging jumping carp? Looking at the pictures and films, this seems to be easy to accomplish. Also, if native fish are caught during this 'fishing' process, they can be released back into their water leaving the carp for disposal. It seems that this could be a new sport for fishing for those enthusiasts to see how many they can dispose of before there is irreversible damage done to our fresh water lakes, rivers and streams.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway Bear Poachers Get Prison Time   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Here to weigh in on this poaching thing again.I would be far more drastic for a sentence. It should be a mandatory 5 yr. with no parole and confiscation of anything involved with the crime, no gun ownership period. I cannot tolerate a poacher.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway Bear Poachers Get Prison Time   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Ten months hardly cuts it for illegal bear poaching...try 16 months and two years with supervised release. These poachers don't give a living damn what they kill for a buck. Harsher penalties with hard time might act as determent. I doubt it with the mind set of these degenerate imbeciles.

  • Reader Participation Day: Where is Your Favorite National Park Campground?   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Of the front country campgrounds in Yellowstone, I like the one at Norris Jct. It is small--100 or so sites--it has a great little campfire circles where rangers give their evening programs (no electricitt there so they have to paint pictures with words, not powerpoints), and is away from the crowded conditions at many other campgrounds in the park. There's no cell phone service here, no stores, no trinket shops, no gas stations and little infrastructure. It also has the advantage of being near the most active geyser basin in the park--Norris--and is the home of the Museum of the National Park Ranger, staffed during the summer by former NPS rangers.

    Rick Smith

  • State of Wyoming Goes To Court To Boost Snowmobile Numbers in Yellowstone National Park   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Jack in case you haven't figured it out by now it isn't about the snowmobile trails, it is about being able to see the beauty of Yellowstone in the winter. Snowmobiles are still the more affordable route than by snowcoach.

    You could use your arguement in the summer then too with hundreds of thousands of miles of roads across America outside the park, why should people be able to drive through Yellowstone in the summer then? As you can see it isn't about the being able to drive through the park, it is about SEEING the park.

  • State of Wyoming Goes To Court To Boost Snowmobile Numbers in Yellowstone National Park   5 years 22 weeks ago

    My assumption (hope) is that Wyoming is only doing this for economic reasons, Jack...so as far as tourism, the "rest of the state" collectively doesn't have the draw that Yellowstone does. It's all about the bottom line.

  • State of Wyoming Goes To Court To Boost Snowmobile Numbers in Yellowstone National Park   5 years 22 weeks ago

    wyoming should not be worried about the number in the park. they have thousand of acres of snowmobile trails and places to go,without going into the yellowstone.they are wasting the courts time.

  • Group Asks Public To Support Removal Of Trout From Some Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Park Lakes   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Why would they want to destroy such a great food source? Do you eat frogs? Is the underlying reason to financially destroy all the pack stations? Or is it to reduce the number of backpackers by destroying their reason for going into the high country? The frogs have survived for over 150 years so what's the problem? Lower numbers of frogs? What is wrong with that? Save the fish. Please

  • Reader Participation Day: Where is Your Favorite National Park Campground?   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Willow Flat Campground on the Island in the Sky in Canyonlands National Park. It is a small, unassuming campground in the pinyon and juniper. A peaceful place. A good base camp for various hikes on the Island in the Sky mesa top and trails dropping off the rim. The Upheaval Dome Trail is a great all day hike down, around, and back up. The Green River Overlook, one of the best viewpoints in the national parks is a short walk from the campground. I spent four nights and five days camped at Willow Flat on my last trip to Canyonlands.

  • Group Asks Public To Support Removal Of Trout From Some Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Park Lakes   5 years 22 weeks ago

    The Traveler has written about the NPS approach. Writing about the Save the Frogs' effort does not indicate NPT support, it merely reports on what's going on.

  • Group Asks Public To Support Removal Of Trout From Some Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Park Lakes   5 years 22 weeks ago

    The National Park Service is proposing to prepare an EIS on removal of introduced trout from 30 to 85 high elevation lakes. That is 6 to 15% of the 570 lakes and ponds in the Park which support trout.

    "Save the Frogs" are advocating a far more drastic action: poisoning of both native and introduced trout from all 570 lakes and ponds in the entire Park, even before the EIS is prepared. Including hundreds of low elevation lakes which support native trout.

    Why? And why is NPT supporting this drastic action to eradicate native trout, unsupported by any study or science?

    Why don't we simply wait for the EIS?

    The NPS proposal is at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?parkID=342&projectId=17157

  • Cape Lookout National Seashore Holiday Ornament   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Sorry, while it would make a great present, these were one-of-a-kind ornaments and so far the National Park Service hasn't decided to duplicate them for sale. Though it'd be a great idea.

  • Cape Lookout National Seashore Holiday Ornament   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Does anyone know if this ornament can be purchased? My husband and I got married at the lighthouse this summer, and I would love to give this ornament to him? (Or was it an original, one of a kind ornament?) Thanks for your help!

  • 4-Year-old Dies in Fall off South Rim of Grand Canyon   5 years 22 weeks ago

    I was all excited to make a trip out to the grand canyon, and now I don't even want to go with houw dangerous it sounds. I would take my family, but it seems like we'd have to see the rim from the car as I would lock all the doors and not let anyone out.

  • This Third Time Was Anything But Charming – SPOT Misuse At Grand Canyon National Park   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Hey, Calif S&R has a good point - the makers of the SPOT devices make such a guarantee of safety and reap the profits but assume none of the risks of misuse. I don't think it's a simple question of caveat emptor, either. Too bad they don't sell it with a "misuse indemnity insurance" kind of thing, or have some kind of service like On-Star does, to ask "what's the nature of your emergency"? Seems to me it would minimize costs not to mention risks for rescuers. If it can be done for the folks who've "fallen and can't get up", why couldn't it be done for a SPOT device?

  • Here's Your Window Into the Second Century Commission On National Parks   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Editor's note: The following comment is, we believe, associated with news reports about computer hackers who targeted some prominent climate-change scientists, and what the resulting documents alluded to.

    "Both as a nation and a planet we will confront the full brunt of climate change..."

    Right.

    ClimateGate has broken.

    Michael Mann discusses how to destroy a journal that has published skeptic papers.(1047388489)

    Tim Osborn discusses how data are truncated to stop an apparent cooling trend showing up in the results (0939154709).

    Phil Jones describes the death of skeptic, John Daly, as “cheering news”.

    Phil Jones encourages colleagues to delete information subject to FoI [Freedom of Information Act] request.(1212063122)

    Phil Jones says he has use Mann’s “Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series”…to hide the decline”.

    Mann tells Jones that it would be nice to ‘”contain” the putative Medieval Warm Period’. (1054736277)

    A lot more from this source.

    Read the hacked email from these charlatans.

    "This is not a smoking gun; this is a mushroom cloud."

  • Missing Hunter Found Alive in Big Cypress National Preserve   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Toss a nice juicy bone to old Max's...good boy! A job well done!

  • Slide Show Demonstrates Ida's Power at Cape Hatteras National Seashore   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Thanks for sharing the slideshow - a true testament to the power of nature. For those powerful people who build their ostentatious vacation homes right up on the surf, well, Nature thinks nothing of their prestige. The lesson here is that almost anything manmade is only weak artifice. Nature makes no judgments and all we can do is get out of the way.

  • Bison Will Soon Roam Again at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Thanks for the suggestions, tomp. I visited the Konza Prairie website and was very impressed. It's definitely on my radar now. Shouldn't be too difficult to incorporate a Konza Prairie visit into my Tallgrass Prairie plans.