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  • Lake Michigan, Home to Two National Lakeshores, On Brink of Being Invaded By Voracious Asian Carp   5 years 26 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 26 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 26 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 26 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 26 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 26 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 27 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 27 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 27 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 27 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 27 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 27 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 27 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 27 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 27 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 27 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 27 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 27 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 27 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.

  • Ensconced on a Desert Isle....   5 years 27 weeks ago

    Nice shot! Dry Tortugas National Park -- whoa! Love the undersea attractions and beautiful camping grounds there!!!

  • Missing Hunter Found Alive in Big Cypress National Preserve   5 years 27 weeks ago

    "A deer hunter who survived four days in the snake and alligator infested sloughs of Big Cypress National Preserve..."

    Come on Kurt - "snake and alligator infested"? If you were a snake or alligator who once lived happily (and not all that long ago) in the pristine swamps of Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade Counties, you might have a tendency to now call those places 'human infested'. But out of a sense of reptilian courtesy, you would never say such a thing.

    Glad to hear our hunter friend made it out in one piece. Hope he decides to come back and learns to safely enjoy one of the more beautiful places in our national park system.

  • Trial Over What Constitutes a "Road" In Canyonlands National Park: Vestiges of Sagebrush Rebels   5 years 27 weeks ago

    Just to clarify to Anonymous who compared the R.S. 2477 statute to the First Amendment:

    R.S. 2477 (for "Reserve Statute 2477") has in fact been repealed many years ago.

    Unlike the First Amendment, RS 2477 is no longer law.

    All that is left are the roads that were set up while RS 2477 actually was still a law. The law was set up at a time there was a great need to provide transportation routes to the West, and a concern that the trails going west could get privatized or blocked. Like, the Oregon Trail. So, the idea was that if you had a trail that was in common use, some new land owner could not come along and shut it down.

    Now, however we are seeing something entirely different. The shenanigans going on is a political strategy to break down public conservation by claiming that every path anyone ever took is a 'highway.' The game is not to protect real highways, like the Oregon Trail from private closures, but to destroy conservation areas.

    It is nonesense to think that a trail to somebody's mining claim is a highway. A miner has a right of access under the Fifth Amendment to her/his property interest in the mine. He does not need a highway, and never established one. She/he had separate access rights, if the mining claim was valid. If the claim was never perfected and the mine plays out, the miner loses the claim and the access that goes with it, because the mining is no longer going on.

    The legal device is to claim that these supposed trails were 'highways' back when RS 2477 was in operation, and to further claim that they have been public highways ever since. We are talking about some devious people here, who do not accept conservation laws passed by the US Congress. It is not as if there are not plenty of highways going west these days.

    Ray Bane is right about failure to follow the laws of public access in the national parks in Alaska. Originally, the park service did follow the law on subsistence access after the Alaska Lands Act was passed in 1980.

    If you want to destroy a national park, the way to do it is by unrestricted motorized land access.

  • Slide Show Demonstrates Ida's Power at Cape Hatteras National Seashore   5 years 27 weeks ago

    How in the world does anyone derive that Kurt is projecting any pleasure about the houses being destroyed by Mother Nature if built too close to the ocean, or below sea level? He is stating a fact - obviously. Kurt, I just think somebody out there doesn't like you or he/she is awfully guilty about something! Thanks for providing the slide presentation.

  • Yellowstone National Park Officials Release Development Vision For Tower-Roosevelt   5 years 27 weeks ago

    I have to agree with Jim and Brad about restraining development in Yellowstone. My wife and I made our first visit there on the last warm weekend in October of this year. Thousands entered the park both days with many confused and disappointed dealing with closed roads compounded by travel restrictions due to the fire at West Thumb. Seeing the crowds crawling over the resource at the very end of the shoulder season, I have pledged never to visit the place during the "busy" summer season. Seeing Old Faithful, even with thousands of others, fulfilled a lifetime dream, but finding the resource ringed in a semi-circle of some of the ugliest, random development in the NPS left us cold. Before a dime of borrowed Chinese money goes to expand Tower-Roosevelt, planners should focus on long-range and far-sighted improvements at the shrine of Old Faithful as an international symbol of the park and preservation movement.

  • This Third Time Was Anything But Charming – SPOT Misuse At Grand Canyon National Park   5 years 27 weeks ago

    Or, jail them on the suspicion of stupidity. No, seriously, I am glad that there are such wonderful and lifesaving devices but people should be charged for the call. Period. You call, you pay.

    It costs money to maintain a helicopter. A trained professional has to be paid to fly it. A bill (excuse me, three bills) should have been generated in this case.