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  • Greenpeace Activists Face Slew of Charges For Their Stunt At Mount Rushmore National Memorial   5 years 21 weeks ago

    Frank;

    For what it's worth I happen to agree with you statement "the long federal screwing of the aboriginal inhabitants". I am trying to understand what that has to do with the original story about Greenpeace. Are you saying that because Rushmore came into being and therefore breaking the treaty then Greenpeace was somehow justified in their actions because the current laws as they are should be null and void...ignorable by any who wish to? To me these are very different discussions and the "screwing of the Native American (which I agree with you on) is a red herring to the original discussion.

  • Greenpeace Activists Face Slew of Charges For Their Stunt At Mount Rushmore National Memorial   5 years 21 weeks ago

    Frank and Kevin, this is not to condone 19th century U.S. conquest in the West, but does your disdain for the way Anglo-Americans treated Native Americans also apply to how Native Americans treated others?

    The Lakota (Sioux), living on the North Central Plains, considered all Indians that did not belong to the Lakota people, lakholkichiyapi (alliance) to be enemies, thoka. The Lakotas were at constant war against neighboring tribes like the Pawnee, Crow and Arikara. Truce was only sought for the purposes of trade, and lasted usually only for a short time. -- Rani-Henrik Andersson, Ph.D. University of Helsinki/Renvall Institute/North American Studies Program

  • "River Runners for Wilderness" Lose Bid to See Motorized Rafts, Helicopters Banned from Colorado River Corridor in Grand Canyon   5 years 21 weeks ago

    River Running (floating) is entirely dependant upon the motorized world! An aluminum boat brought on an aluminum trailer behind a steel truck over a rock highway, full of frozen meat brought here a week before the turkey's flight from Boston, then shuttled however many miles again....the again...
    And it is all worth it! Imagine 8 months of no engines in your hometown. I'd say Grand Canyon is doing just fine.
    Ride a bicycle and we'll talk.
    Moab

  • Greenpeace Activists Face Slew of Charges For Their Stunt At Mount Rushmore National Memorial   5 years 21 weeks ago

    Frank C.,
    Excellent post. Rushmore itself is an abomination. The mountain was beautiful before it was carved into the shape of faces. People are way off base claiming response people were put in jeopardy. The Greenpeace people used the bolts which were already on the mountain (i.e. the govt damaged the mountain by putting the bolts in themselves). Outrage is good, just make it something worth being outraged about. Ask native Americans in the area how outraged they are. They can tell you stories that will make you cringe. Ask park rangers about maintenance projects which are on hold for lack of funding. The money we waste on Rushmore could be put to so much better use.

  • Greenpeace Activists Face Slew of Charges For Their Stunt At Mount Rushmore National Memorial   5 years 21 weeks ago

    Summer (and are you THE Summer from Firefly or just a poser?),

    If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

    For instance, RangerLady, where's your outrage that these presidents' faces were carved into sacred Sioux stone that legally, by the binding Treaty of 1868, belongs to the Sioux?

    If you have respect for the law, you must reject the State's illegitimate claims to Mount Rushmore and recognize that any laws imposed on this parcel are therefore null and void.

    Has no one in this country studied Native American history and learned of the long federal screwing of the aboriginal inhabitants?

  • Trekking to Dick Proenneke's Cabin in Lake Clark National Park   5 years 21 weeks ago

    When I want to be alone. Nobody, but me and the Lord, I often just put my DVD of Alone in the Wilderness in, and watch it for a while. I takes me to Alaska Bush Country, and Twin Lakes. I build a cabin by watching the Master Craftsman Richard Pronekke. He was a genius!! There is no doubt about that. What a man.

    He really had it all figured out, for the most part. Just do what you were born to do. Dream and then DO IT!!!

    Dick

  • Greenpeace Activists Face Slew of Charges For Their Stunt At Mount Rushmore National Memorial   5 years 21 weeks ago

    Lay off RangerLady. This is a forum, not her performance review....

  • Greenpeace Activists Face Slew of Charges For Their Stunt At Mount Rushmore National Memorial   5 years 21 weeks ago

    Usually RangerLady has some intelligent remarks, but this last comment requires a little more explanation than just "devil's advocate", being as she is, I presume, a Seasonal Ranger. I certainly hope while on duty, she performs the way the National Park Service expects her to perform, and not make decisions on her own. If the group had protested on the grounds of the monument, that is one thing; climbing the actual monument is another. To relate, people protest all the time in Washington DC; they don't actually climb up in Lincoln's lap, or climb up outside of the Washington Monument. At the very least, it is just plain disrespectful, if nothing else.

  • Greenpeace Activists Face Slew of Charges For Their Stunt At Mount Rushmore National Memorial   5 years 21 weeks ago

    These people are Eco-Terrorists! They put the response team in harms way! If one of the "rescuers" had died ,well the charges would have been different! If they could enforce there view on us they would because there right and the rest of us are wrong! They should be prosecuted and if convicted given the max! I have no tolerance for these people who want to change the world by acting out! You want to make a difference become a teacher or a scientist!

  • Greenpeace Activists Face Slew of Charges For Their Stunt At Mount Rushmore National Memorial   5 years 21 weeks ago

    RangerLady If its no big deal does that mean we can go out break the law as long as you feel no one is being harmed. I guess if someone had gotten hurt getting these Morons down its ok because two of the four Presidents gave them the right to demonstrate even if its breaking the law and endangers others! The reason the NPS was practicing live saving techiques is to save idiots like these from harming themselfs and others! By the way you wouldnt happen to belong to Green Peace you sure sound like one of them!

  • Greenpeace Activists Face Slew of Charges For Their Stunt At Mount Rushmore National Memorial   5 years 21 weeks ago

    I'm going to play Devil's advocate on this one and wonder what the big deal is. I can see why they chose Mt. Rushmore because these were great presidents. They demonstrated on a monument dedicated to the men (well 2 out of 4) that help give us the freedom to demonstrate and voice our opinion. Yes it was against the law and I have the utmost respect for the law (ok...I speed a wee bit) but I don't think it's as big a deal as people are making it out to be.

    And honestly I don't think this is as damaging as some of the things the NPS does to the monument. Just 2 months before this they were practicing search and rescue techniques off of Jefferson's forehead. I honestly think that people rappling up and down the monument with ropes and a litter is much more damaging than a sign.

    Ranger Holly
    http://web.me.com/hollyberry

  • Greenpeace Activists Face Slew of Charges For Their Stunt At Mount Rushmore National Memorial   5 years 21 weeks ago

    Wow...Just amazing logic! How about the damage that was potential to themselves, the environment, responding police personnel and NPS people as well as blatant disregard for the law and the reasons for the law. Arrogance like this deserves the MAX penalty!

  • Shenandoah National Park Ranger Roy Sullivan Set the World Record for Being Hit by Lightning   5 years 21 weeks ago

    thats interesting i remeber my science teacher once told me about him its sad that after 7 stirkes he killed himself over a girl......

  • Greenpeace Activists Face Slew of Charges For Their Stunt At Mount Rushmore National Memorial   5 years 21 weeks ago

    What will be accomplished by prosecuting people who did not damage anything? If we send them to prison, we pay to feed, guard and entertain them. If we fine them, we will probably spend more money trying to collect it than we actually collect.
    We should actually thank them. They provided a service to the country by showing how lax our security is. Of course, in a real national park, security is not that big an issue. Rushmore, being a park visited by people who eat ice cream a bucket at a time, probably needs more security than others. That being the case, security failed and we are fortunate to get a wake up call without any damage being done.

  • Gateway National Recreation Area Seeks Solutions to Weekend Traffic Snarls at Sandy Hook   5 years 21 weeks ago

    My husband and I were among those unfortunate souls who were trying to leave Sandy Hook Sunday, July 20th. It was absolutely ridiculous. The only warning is a small sign saying to expect "heavy" traffic. Living in the metropolitan area, we are used to "heavy" traffic. This was not heavy--it was stopped dead, crawl along a few feet, then stop again. For three hours, like you said.

    We had gone on a tour of the old Nike missile site, a rare open house scheduled from 3-8pm. If the park service is telling people to come early and leave early, why do they hold events in the afternoon and evening? And their suggestion to use public transportation? Yeah, right. The only thing worse than being stuck in your own car is being stuck on a bus.

    This is poor, poor planning by NPS and NJ DOT, although I wouldn't be surprised, knowing how NJ works, if the NPS probably had little say in the matter. The people who live in the area didn't get much of a voice either.

  • Greenpeace Activists Face Slew of Charges For Their Stunt At Mount Rushmore National Memorial   5 years 21 weeks ago

    Throw the book at these clowns

  • Greenpeace Activists Face Slew of Charges For Their Stunt At Mount Rushmore National Memorial   5 years 21 weeks ago

    Hope all 11 knuckleheads get the max allowed by law.Enough is enough plus what makes them think they are right!

  • Greenpeace Activists Face Slew of Charges For Their Stunt At Mount Rushmore National Memorial   5 years 21 weeks ago

    Hope they get the max.

  • Greenpeace Activists Face Slew of Charges For Their Stunt At Mount Rushmore National Memorial   5 years 21 weeks ago

    I can't say how I feel about what they did - but I have to say I wonder if it was worth it cuz this seems like it got barely any publicity.

  • State of Wyoming Heads Back to Court To Argue Higher Snowmobile Numbers in Yellowstone National Park   5 years 21 weeks ago

    Anonymous--

    Plowing the roads would be a very expensive, harmful proposition. Earlier posts discussed the cost of just keeping the East entrance safe for tracked vehicles in the winter: even that isn't cost-effective. Packed snow for snowmobiles & snow coaches makes for much easier animal movement than unpacked snow, which unnaturally guides wildlife out of the park. Plowed roads would greatly alter winter movements and predator-prey dynamics.

    I regret that when I was in grad school in the 1980s, I didn't have the time or money to visit Yellowstone in the winter. You could ski in, with your luggage carried in on snow coaches, stay in a lodge, and spend your days skiing out to geysers and other winter features.

  • Ancient Mammal Footprints Excite Paleontologists at Dinosaur National Monument   5 years 21 weeks ago

    Thanks Dan for all the info,very interesting to me. please keep us posted about your work. thanks,max

  • Body, Presumed To Be That Of Missing Backpacker, Found in Grand Canyon National Park   5 years 21 weeks ago

    would you please READ the post BEFORE you make inaccurate comments about it. there have been quite a few incidents this summer, that probably have cost millions. most of them unnecessary because somebody was doing something that they shouldn't have been. it just MIGHT be he wasn't experienced and that could have been a factor. neither one of us know, THAT is a fact. whatever happened he was an unfortunate soul.

  • Traveler's Checklist: Grand Teton National Park   5 years 21 weeks ago

    String Lake is also a great place to canoe or kayak. It is shallow and if you head for the north end of the lake you can portage you're canoe or kayak to Leigh Lake where you can head for the base of Mt. Moran or the mouth of Waterfall Canyon and experience stunning views the whole way and see the mountains from a totally different perspective. Canoing from Snake River Dam to Pacific Creek later in the summer when the water levels are down is also a great trip. Lots of wildlife and very few people.

    Blacktail Ponds Overlook, Antelope Flats, Oxbow Bend, Willow Flats and the back Deck at Jackson Lake Lodge are great places to check for wildlife.

    Jackson Lake Lodge with its floor to ceiling picture windows and deck overlooking Willow Flats, Jackson Lake and the Tetons provideds one of the best places to just sit back and enjoy the view.

    If you don't want to go back to Jackson for dinner, try the famous nachos at Signal Moutain Lodge or enjoy pizza on the deck at Leeks Marina.

  • Visitation to National Parks Is On the Upswing, Entrance-Fee-Free Weekends Partly to Blame   5 years 21 weeks ago

    On the upside, maybe with the increased visitation the parks will realize we need more rangers and I can finally get a permanent job!

    Ranger Holly
    http://web.me.com/hollyberry

  • Visitation to National Parks Is On the Upswing, Entrance-Fee-Free Weekends Partly to Blame   5 years 21 weeks ago

    Mike,

    Thanks for your note. I'm well-familiar with the site you mentioned, though it doesn't track specific dates so wouldn't help with judging the successes, or failures, of the entrance-fee-free weekends. Beyond that, you hit on one of the problems: Each park has its own method for recording stats. Tracking visitation is indeed a very inexact science.

    As to the "been there, done that" effect, the records at www.nature.nps.gov/stats clearly point out that park visitation over the years has indeed been on a roller coaster. Yet the question remains: What drives visitation, and what hinders it? I'm not sure that can be convincingly answered at this point, in part because of the vagaries in counting heads. Evidence of that murkiness can be found at Great Smoky and Mammoth Cave, two parks that don't charge fees and yet have witnessed rising visitation -- in the case of Mammoth Cave, skyrocketing visitation -- on the fee-free weekends.

    Without solid tracking data and a better understanding of visitors' motivation, it seems the question of what to do with fees can't easily be answered, though so far the anecdotal evidence would indicate doing away with fees would bring more Americans into their parks.