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  • Traveler's Checklist: Acadia National Park   5 years 24 weeks ago

    After recently spending time at Acadia National Park, I love this article.

    I am hoping to make it back to Mount Desert Island during the fall foliage season and traverse the Carriage Roads - although not by bike, but by horse. Wildwood Stables, located in the Park, offers both horse-drawn carriage rides and horses that you can ride on your own. The park's website has some great information about horseback riding in Acadia National Park, and a link to Wildwood Stables.

  • Trial Over What Constitutes a "Road" In Canyonlands National Park: Vestiges of Sagebrush Rebels   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Jarbidge is in Nevada..... Tearing down signs and gates is breaking the law. Be sure to take lots of pictures (including a clear view of your license plate), then post them to the web.

  • Traveler's Checklist: Acadia National Park   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Don't forget to check out the Schoodic Point section of Acadia National Park! Even during high summer the crowds are much thinner and the beauty matches that of the Mt. Desert section. Come and stay a few days to discover and enjoy the beauty of Winter Harbor and the Schoodic Peninsula - and some great seafood!

    Seascape Kayak and bicycle rental in Birch Harbor ((207) 963-5806‎ - no affiliation!) can set you up for ocean or freshwater kayaking and canoeing. Schoodic is home to some pretty hikes, too, so check us out!

  • Trial Over What Constitutes a "Road" In Canyonlands National Park: Vestiges of Sagebrush Rebels   5 years 24 weeks ago

    I have two comments:

    1. This is another example of the NPS allowing the camels nose under the tent in years past, leaving current managers to clean up the mess. Like snowmobiles in Yellowstone, ATV's in Wrangell St Elias or Denali etc. yesterday's managers made ill-considered and lazy decisions putting problems in our way today. Makes you wonder what today's managers are royally screwing up for tomorrow (ungulate control in Rocky and Teddy Roosevelt, anyone?)

    2. If San Juan and Kane Counties hate the federal government so much, why don't they return the millions of dollars of federal payments in lieu of property taxes and grants payed into their county coffers over the years? Just another example of giving the finger to the government on one hand while holding out the other at the same time. I have no respect for these people and their small-minded leaders.

  • What Do You Think: Is The National Park Service Handling Advertising For Park-Related Businesses?   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Of course NPS should endorse concessioners whom it has deemed are good enough to operate in National Parks and partner with NPS is providing visitor services. These are services NPS views as necessary, but which it cannot provide itself. NPS goes through a rigorous process in awarding these contracts and both parties are trying to encourage people to visit our Parks by providing high quality visitor services. It seems that not allowing this would be nonsensical and only result in keeping the number of visitors down. However, the fewer people who visit our Parks, the fewer supporters for our Parks. I simply don't see how simple statements of available services or providing links to those services can be characterized as commercializing our Parks.

  • Federal Judge Issues Scathing Opinion in Blocking "Concealed Carry" In National Parks, Wildlife Refuges   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Chris, the regulation allowing concealed carry in national parks that fall within states that allow the same is scheduled to take effect in February 2010.

  • Visiting Badlands National Park is Like Stepping Into the Past   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Thanks Chuck. The proof readers obviously took the weekend off:(

  • What Do You Think: Is The National Park Service Handling Advertising For Park-Related Businesses?   5 years 24 weeks ago

    A linked list of licensed concessionaires seems appropriate, since there have been client accidents and fatalities at Mount Rainier involving people representing themselves as mountain guides. This should be separate and subordinate to the Park Service information.

    I'm uncomfortable with the idea of anything resembling ads on government websites. The in-park concessionaries already have low fees, little or no direct competition, and the opportunity to match competing bids at renewal time. Why make these dynasties stronger?

    I'm even more uncomfortable with listings/ads for gateway businesses, because it could increase the reach and power of government and the potential for abuse. For example, those that may have criticized NPS management or didn't follow the party line closely enough might find themselves unlisted, or bypassed by shuttle systems originating outside the boundary.

  • Federal Judge Issues Scathing Opinion in Blocking "Concealed Carry" In National Parks, Wildlife Refuges   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Any updates on this?

    I drive my Jeep through National Forests quite often and I'm a CWP holder in NC.

  • Visiting Badlands National Park is Like Stepping Into the Past   5 years 24 weeks ago

    It's the "Pine Ridge Indian Reservation", not Blue Ridge>

  • What Do You Think: Is The National Park Service Handling Advertising For Park-Related Businesses?   5 years 24 weeks ago
    Ian

    Ian Edlind
    www.trailvoice.com

    I'm very interested in this issue in relationship to my website, Trail Voice. Trail Voice provides free promotion and advertising to National Parks - could they, in turn, exchange the favor? I'd like to think so but there of course regulations, as you detailed in the post.

    Thanks for exploring this topic.

  • What Do You Think: Is The National Park Service Handling Advertising For Park-Related Businesses?   5 years 24 weeks ago

    I think the NPS should be allowed to advertise inside the park, commercial services that are available outside the park. This helps ties between the parks and their communities and economic ties to a park can be an important part of garnering local support for a park. The NPS should control how and where this advertising is done so that it is appropriate for the site and within developed areas. Bulletin boards and similar venues seem right. After all, it is NPS policy that they do not allow building commercial services in a park if they can be found outside the park. It seems only logical that the NPS would then help visitors find those services.

  • Traveler's Checklist: Acadia National Park   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Great Acadia primer, Kurt. I'd like to add a few things:

    I've never hired Coastal Kayaking Tours, but my wife and I went out with National Park Kayak this summer. They do wonderful tours on the remote west side of the island, giving you a Mount Desert Island history lesson on the van ride from Bar Harbor to the west side. We took an evening paddle that was infested with seals, osprey, otters, and porpoises. On the way back our guide turned it into a fog navigation lesson as it was pea-soup conditions and we had to paddle from rock to rock to safely find our way from Bartlett Island back to MDI.

    If Kayaking and salt water aren't your thing, there's some good canoeing in Acadia too. A lot of the ponds on MDI are used for drinking water and don't allow swimming or boating, but you can rent a canoe from National Park canoe and Kayak and head out on Long Pond on the island's west arm. The south and west shores of the pond are some of Acadia's most remote forest, and there's a pristine island in the pond for a lunch stop.

    Finally, if you want an awesome breakfast and a cool T-shirt, check out 2 Cats in Bar Harbor. The muffins are unreal.

  • Bison Hazing Operations Inside Yellowstone National Park Fuel Controversy   5 years 24 weeks ago

    montana ranchers,sta out of yellowstone,how much do you pay the gov. for grazing rights on fed land...get over it,and leave the buffalo alone,you rats.....

  • Off The Usual Paths   5 years 24 weeks ago

    I came across sites in Gates of the Arctic that seemed to have been created in the red rock country of southern Utah. This included a natural arch and slot canyons.

  • Trial Over What Constitutes a "Road" In Canyonlands National Park: Vestiges of Sagebrush Rebels   5 years 24 weeks ago

    The Sagebrush Rebellion has been replaced by the Shovel Brigade movement. All over the west, bands of motorized recreationists are tearing down gates and removing signs from RS 2477 public highways that cross private property and federal land. This started in Utah with the Jarbidge Shovel Brigade and is now spreading to other states.

  • Trial Over What Constitutes a "Road" In Canyonlands National Park: Vestiges of Sagebrush Rebels   5 years 24 weeks ago

    A creek bed is not a road. Why is it that there are always those that want to destroy something in nature just so they can make a buck?

  • Off The Usual Paths   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Bigger than your head, smaller than a big-screen TV, with the Yampa River off in the distance.

  • Off The Usual Paths   5 years 24 weeks ago

    I'm having trouble with the sense of scale in this photo. Is this a close-up of a head-sized rock, or a scalable boulder with landscape in the background? In any case it's an interesting photo, thanks for posting it.

  • U. S. Mint Announces Sites Selected for the America the Beautiful Quarters Program   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Now that I think about it, a couple of US paper bill denominations do display NPS sites.

    The back of the $5 bill has the Lincoln Memorial. The back of the $100 has Independence Hall. I guess they're not grand natural areas per se, but they're still NPS sites.

  • Great White Sharks Being Monitored Along Cape Cod National Seashore   5 years 24 weeks ago

    since the mid 90s the seals have seemed to claim Monomoy as home..at that time being fishermen,boater & jet skier we speed across the water, some areas less then a foot at speeds of 60 plus mph..at that time the striped bass was feared to be declining in #ers..over the flats at times we would ski over many large schools of stripe bass(proving the #ers are strong) noticeing pink spots on many..as time went on we found & believe they were bites from seals on many...at times(96-00) we saw large shadows close to shore under are skis in 10-15 ft of water around eastham,welfleet & turo...beliving it could have been a whale..we stopped many times and wait to see it come to the surface for air, but it never came up for air..leaving me to believe it could have abeen a large shark...about 3 years ago at the end of august by the 5 can on the back side coming in from fishing we saw at a distance a breach believing ther were a couple sunfish, as we came up on it we thought it was a real big basking shark or sea beagal...it was a very large white shark as it came with in feet of the boat..the shark was so large the tail leaned to the side...we were in a 25 bertram flybride at the time..i was at the rear of the of the boat as i looked down at the missle shaped head .i felt confused weather it was a white.. i would say the shark was 20 ft or close to that as the tail was out of the water and still in front of the cabin windows...many times we see a kill and birds show up..as have seen 2 seals w/large bites bleeding out on the shore..I feel they show up in july and leave by late september as a friend on a seal tour boat feels the same way and saw a large white take a seal from the shore line about the same time we saw the large white..he felt it was close to 20 ft also..hope this may help understand the water of chatham a little more...thanks John

  • Trial Over What Constitutes a "Road" In Canyonlands National Park: Vestiges of Sagebrush Rebels   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Thanks for the excellent story on this. For readers interested in reading more about the impacts of ORV traffic in Salt Creek, the 2002 EA is available on the Canyonlands web site at: http://www.nps.gov/cany/parknews/upload/saltcreekEA.pdf

  • Bison Hazing Operations Inside Yellowstone National Park Fuel Controversy   5 years 24 weeks ago

    These ranchers get all kinds of breaks to the detriment of the environment. The get subsidies from state and federal governments, and are allowed to move their herds on public land wherever there's grass. It's the cattle that are the invasive species, not the native bison who actually belong there. Just because park officials have been doing their hazing "for several years" doesn't make it a sound practice. If the ranchers want to control disease it might be wise to better control their cattle. I stopped eating beef some time ago and I don't regret it.

  • Yellowstone National Park's Bison Population Estimated At 3,300 Individuals   5 years 24 weeks ago
  • Bison Hazing Operations Inside Yellowstone National Park Fuel Controversy   5 years 24 weeks ago

    I agree. The farmers are my VERY LAST concern.