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5-Mile-Long Cat-Proof Fence Protects Endangered Hawaiian Petrels On Mauna Loa

Oct 28th - 14:24pm | justinh

Ha!  Good one, Michael.

Oct 28th - 12:11pm | Michael Kellett

And the cats are going to pay for it! Believe me.

Parks Canada Striving To Help Whitebark Pines Avoid Extinction

Oct 28th - 12:45pm | [email protected]

VISIT:  Website for The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation whitebarkpine.org

Groups Want National Park Service To End Ties With Alcohol Companies

Oct 28th - 12:14pm | Uncle Sparky

So entering into funding partnership with a company that sells alcohol is now tantamout to the NPS selling alcohol to minors in perpetuity? Sorry. That doesn't logically follow. Should we also then take umbrage that Coca Cola has been giving money to the NPF for the better part of 40 years and commence hand-wringing about childhood obesity?

Oct 28th - 11:46am | Kathy Dimont

The Congress refuses to adequately fund the NPS and the NPS spends a vast amount of the money that is appropriated on mandated planning, administration, and other bureaucratic nonsense. So those of us desperately trying to accomplish the mission took money where we could find it. Gratefully.

Oct 28th - 09:03am | ecbuck

These park supporters are clamouring for more money for the parks yet they are willing to forego substantial funds to figuratively repeal the 21st Amendment.  Removing the parks association with alchohol companies will have absolutely no impact on public health or youth drinking behavior.  Cutting off their nose to spite their face.  As useless as the plastic bottle bans.

Oct 28th - 08:54am | Lee Dalton

I second Audrey's motion.

Oct 28th - 06:33am | Audrey Peterman

As a great-grandmother who has been an ardent promoter of the benefits of our National Park System  for more than two decades, I have never seen the level of decadence and corruption as is currently being promoted by the current leadership of the Park Service, specifically in DO21.

Musings From Lava Beds National Monument

Oct 28th - 10:55am | Owen Hoffman

A very nice article, Lee.  You might be interested to know that our former Yosemite colleague from the late 1960's and early 1970's, Gary Hathaway, completed his NPS career at Lava Beds.

Drastic Changes Possible As Acadia National Park Develops Transportation Plan

Oct 28th - 09:15am | Michael Kellett

This is another prime example of why we need more national parks. Acadia is not only beautiful, but it is also the ony national park in the Northeast, one of the most populous parts of the country. No wonder it is often crowded.

Survey: Westerners Want Public Lands Protected By Federal Government, Not Given To States

Oct 28th - 09:10am | ecbuck

Total disagree with the verdict.  Clear case of jury nullification.  But just proves how pissed off people are at the Feds  This jury sure voted different than the survey. http://nypost.com/2016/10/27/oregon-militia-leaders-acquitted-in-wildlif...  

Reader Participation Day: Which Presidential Nominee Would Be Better For The National Park System?

Oct 28th - 00:07am | trailadvocate

Just the facts, ladies.

Oct 27th - 22:46pm | Lee Dalton

Peggy Noonan, a well respected conservative writer for the Wall Street Journal, has been cited here several times by some commenters who seem to be backing DJT.  Ms. Noonan is one of my favorite columnists.   She is one of a small number who seems able to see, recognize, and write coherently in a fair and truly balanced manner.

Oct 27th - 22:19pm | ecbuck

Another article that totally misconstues his statements.  I.E. " from his claim that Mexican immigrants are criminals"  He didn't say all mexican immigrants are criminals and he didn't say mexican's were criminals.  You need to learn the definition of "racist"

Oct 27th - 21:55pm | Rick B.

And...   http://www.vox.com/2016/7/25/12270880/donald-trump-racism-history   Eric - you might want to jump ship before you not only apoligize for his well documented racism but also get tarred with his self-avowed sexual predator pattern.  

Oct 27th - 21:40pm | Gary Wilson

Sorry, bucky but I watch and read the news on a daily basis and Trump has said so many things that makes me know that he's a race baiting, womanizing bigot.  I guess you must have seen where he referred to minority neightborhoods as "ghettos" this morning?  Haha such a clown, that trump.

Oct 27th - 21:32pm | ecbuck

Gary - you can call him a racist all you like.  It would be nice if you could provide some actual evidence other than some racist is voting for him.  

Oct 27th - 21:30pm | Gary Wilson

Ok, bucky, I'll just close my eyes and click my heels three times and pretend that trump isn't a racist, nor has rhetoric that is demeaning towards practically everyone that isn't like him.  One must obviously play like a blind, and deaf ingoramous in your little neck of the woods to be viewed as "logical".. .

Oct 27th - 21:27pm | ecbuck

Gary, you need to take a course in Logic.  The fact that some racist supports Trump does not mean that Trump endorses that racist's views.    

Oct 27th - 21:13pm | Gary Wilson

"Blah blah blah blah blah... blah blah blah"...   http://www.vox.com/conversations/2016/10/27/13428612/donald-trump-david-...

Oct 27th - 21:07pm | ecbuck

Well I will confess Rick, I have never heard of this guy nor his "alt-right" group.  I had assumed your "alt-right" designation was your term for conservatives.  Trump in not a member or endorser of this "alt-right" group, nor is any  leader in the Republican party a member or endorser of this group.  I certainly don't agree with this group. 

Oct 27th - 20:56pm | Rick B.

The alt-right is not your Barry Goldwater conservatism:  http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/09/09/alt-right-leaders-we-ar...

Oct 27th - 20:36pm | Harryb3570

If Hillary Clinton is elected I think she will keep Sally Jewell as Secretary and Sally Jewell will appoint another Director like John Jarvis thus nothing will change. More of the same.

Oct 27th - 20:32pm | ecbuck

Ok Gary, so you can't provide the name of an "alt-right" racist.  You can't refute you claimed you had the "short list" when you didn't.  But it is me that is here to inflame.  Your answer?  Block the guy that makes you look like a fool.  Kind of the approach of the AGW folks - "hide the decline".  

Oct 27th - 20:16pm | Gary Wilson

Alright, i'm putting that clown on ignore.  It's evident he's just hear to inflame, and his life is so pathetic that living on this site looking to flame up the threads is what he lives for.  I'm over it.  And i'm not going to fall for his cheap bait.

Oct 27th - 19:51pm | ecbuck

So Gary, once again you fail to identify any "alt-right" leaders that are racist.  The only action I see at Trump rallies, who is neither alt-right nor racist is the fights instigated by the dems (see wiki leak emails).   

Oct 27th - 19:39pm | wild places

Forgive me for asking but where in the article did it ask who's supporters were more racist?

Oct 27th - 19:26pm | Gary Wilson

I think he overestimates his intelligence. He's a poster child for the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Oct 27th - 19:13pm | Rick B.

Wow.  

Oct 27th - 19:04pm | Gary Wilson

Seriously, you have the internet by your side. All one has to do is youtube a trump rally to see it in action.  You're a big boy, and im not your babysitter, nor am I here to guide you through life.  I don't have to show you anything, but it's clear as day to those of us that are surrounded by the rhetoric.

Oct 27th - 18:54pm | ecbuck

No Gary, you did not say "rumored"  Your exact words. Trumpty's shortlist for secretary of the DOI are Forrest Lucas, Butch Otter, or his son.   

Oct 27th - 18:41pm | Gary Wilson

You live with your head in the sand, EC.  It's easy to scream about not seeing these people from a place like Breckenridge, but I see the bigotry and fanaticism quite a lot living in the south.  Every day, i'm reminded of it when I see people driving in their vehicles while flying a confederate flag off the back and there is a big old trump bumper sticker.

Oct 27th - 18:36pm | ecbuck

Wow Dahkota - thanks for the link to the article.  First because it has a link to the actual interview.  You should watch it.  Then you would hear 1) He never said he would consider his sons to head the DOI.  He said he would listen to their input.  Your "source" is totally bogus.

Oct 27th - 18:23pm | ecbuck

Dakota, I will say the same to you as to Gary.  When your sources cite people that couldn't legally serve I have to question their credibility.  

Oct 27th - 18:22pm | ecbuck

Racism in the "alt-right" is solely in your imagination. Please name an "alt-right" leader that is a racists. And dont bother with Trump because he is neigher alt-right or a racist.   

Oct 27th - 17:56pm | Alfred Runte

In fact, this election is still neck and neck. (Rasmussen Reports) http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/electi... Don't like the poll? Yes, you can find another, but Rasmussen was dead-on in 2012 and 2008.

Oct 27th - 16:27pm | dahkota

One candidate said she'd like open borders and letting 600 million new immigrants into the country.

Oct 27th - 16:13pm | Rick B.

With the rise of the white supremists of the alt-right embracing him, and he not denying them, he isn't too far. From what I see of his supporters online, the angry racist embodied in the 'alt right' is a large part of his base. Between most of America's repudiation of the alt-right racism and his serial sexual predator self proclmations, his loss has been coming for months.

Oct 27th - 15:04pm | ecbuck

Rick, that was the case months ago when Trump became the candidate.  He is a long ways from the "alt-right"  But maybe that can be fixed in 4 years rather than 8.  Hard to believe that we will go 2 elections in a row without better candidates than these.   

Oct 27th - 15:00pm | Rick B.

At this point the alt-right only has fantasies to live on for the next 8 years.

Oct 27th - 14:41pm | ecbuck

Well Gary, you need some better literature sources if they are touting an illegal candidate.  Mere speculation in articles, such as the one I posted, is a far cry from someones "shortlist"  

Oct 27th - 14:33pm | Gary Wilson

EC, I must read a lot more than you because many articles have talked about those possible selections.

Oct 27th - 14:31pm | Alfred Runte

Well, this is fun! You go away for a few hours and the roof comes off the house! So let's cut to the chase. This is an election, in Peggy Noonan's view, between Depression and Anxiety. If you want to be depressed for another four years, you will vote for Secretary Clinton. Liberals just love being depressed.

Oct 27th - 14:23pm | ecbuck

Interesting that you have such insight into his "shortlist"   Perhaps you can share your source.  This recent article has a much longer list of candidates but notes that these are only candidates identified by others not identified by the Trump organization. http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060043126

Interior, National Park Service Officials To Consider New Park Units In Alabama

Oct 27th - 20:27pm | Harryb3570

There are other ways to preserve and commemorate these sites. We cannot continue to expand the number of our parks until we can take care of those sites we now have. We need to stop these additions no matter how worthy. At the very least we can wait a year or two until the new congress and administration can make their feelings known about the national park system.

Oct 27th - 18:32pm | Gary Wilson

Rhetoric from the ol' stodgy status quo, aside.   I think this is an important inclusion into the NPS and should be added.  A museum shop, as well as private donations from a non-profit could more than likely keep an important place like this going year in and year out.  

Oct 27th - 18:19pm | Alfred Runte

Don't worry, Harry. Bernie Sanders showed us how to solve the problem. Just say gimme the parks for free! From now on, it's all going to be okay, Harry. The millennials are paying for it, after all. Seriously, do you expect sanity, let alone accountability, on a sinking ship of state? 

Oct 27th - 18:09pm | Lee Dalton

As one who experienced the fear and ugliness of a civil rights march (in Memphis in 1961 - and it wasn't even one of the worst ones), I'm that many of our stories of that awful time are in danger of being lost. Perhaps we do need a moritorium -- but could we add one caveat? How about "unless they are endangered by development or some other degradation."  

Oct 27th - 17:44pm | Harryb3570

I think we need to call a halt to the continued expansion of the National Park System until we can fully fund and staff the parks that are now in the system. Lets take a break for now and not add any more areas to the National Park system. 

Commenting On The Traveler

Oct 27th - 15:37pm | Anonymous

I don't know about the Good Lord but Roosevelt, Mather, McFarland, Yard, Wilson, Wirth and even Rockefeller sure put in the time...

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