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Mar 9th - 19:06pm | d-2
RodF, I love the high tone of your points, and agree completely about the meaning of Parks. I have not read Jon Jarvis' book but intend to.
Mar 9th - 16:53pm | ecbuck
Mar 9th - 16:16pm | ecbuck
In a Nevada TV ad I watched last month, Senator Ted Cruz promised, if he is elected President, to return all of the State's Federal lands "To their rightful owners", whatever that means. He made no distinction in that ad between BLM, Forest Service, and NPS adm. lands. John Kasich has made a similar campaign promise.
Mar 9th - 16:16pm | RodF
Kurt asks: "What makes this book so superb, Rod?"
Mar 9th - 15:13pm | Ethical Retired...
ecbuck: This is in response to your question to d-2. In a Nevada TV ad I watched last month, Senator Ted Cruz promised, if he is elected President, to return all of the State's Federal lands "To their rightful owners", whatever that means. He made no distinction in that ad between BLM, Forest Service, and NPS adm.
Mar 9th - 14:13pm | ecbuck
d-2 - could you please identify these Republicans that would eliminate Point Reyes or any other National Park and turn it to grazing and commerical acquaculture? Fact is, the oyster farm was there first on those that wrote the enabling legislation for Point Reyes never intended for the osyter farm to be removed.
Mar 9th - 10:36am | d-2
I agree with ecbuck, Lee Dalton and Rick Smith among others on this review.
Mar 9th - 06:41am | SmokiesBackpacker
If we did an audit of government computers and employees logging on under multiple alias's I'll bet the number of Jarvis defenders around here would diminish. What he did and does is indefensible.
Mar 8th - 16:47pm | Kurt Repanshek
What makes it so superb, Rod?
Mar 8th - 16:37pm | RodF
Everyone interested in our National Parks to read NPT will find inspiration in Jon Jarvis' superb book http://www.eparks.com/store/product/123318/Guidebook-to-American-Values-...
Mar 7th - 16:34pm | Mark Dowie
I am not defending this book review, or the book reviewed. But I do defend the right of a magazine or book review editor to assign or accept the review of a book, or a movie, a play, an opera, concert or art exhibit by a partisan, even viciously partisan reviewer. Can you imagine how boring book or any cultural reviews would be without some attitude?
Mar 7th - 07:28am | SmokiesBackpacker
What I appreciate is that NPT is THE only media outlet in existence that will take on the NPS without forcing people to chug the NPS kool-aid. Testament to this fact is that I have found no other media outlet that would dare besmirch the beloved Jarvis and call him to task for an obvious and arrogant move.
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Mar 7th - 09:24am | ecbuck
Are there some? I am sure there are. But I believe they are a tiny fraction of the decisions that are made on a daily basis. I'm not going to make accusations against everyone and anyone for the digressions of a few. If you have evidence of "backroom, under the table, quid pro quo dealings and pressures re the grizzlies - show us.
Mar 7th - 09:13am | Lee Dalton
Well, all I'll say is that I think it's awfully foolish of any American to even think that there are no shady backroom, under the table, quid pro quo dealings and pressures applied to the people who must administer the government Congress and some administrations have screwed up so badly.
Mar 7th - 08:15am | ecbuck
Now let's see you PROVE that there are no backroom shenanigans. Ah once again you make an accusation, provide no proof and then ask me to prove a negative. Saul at his best. stark shades of Black and White with nothing in between.
Mar 9th - 14:27pm | Alfred Runte
A very long comment, D-2, but yes, I read every word. You make a valid point about the decentralization of the National Park Service. Superintendents often do get lots of leeway. I expect several to invite me into their parks this year to give talks on the Centennial. One has already called.
Mar 9th - 12:20pm | d-2
Dr. Runte makes some important points. Points I think no one else is making. (at the bottom I will suggest a few slight disagreements with Dr. Runte)
Mar 8th - 22:24pm | Former Californ...
Mar 8th - 15:54pm | RodF
Jarvis' book is truly inspiring! http://www.eparks.com/store/product/123318/Guidebook-to-American-Values-... This is much of merit in Alfred Runte's essay... perhaps too much? A tight edit might permit it a wider readership.
Mar 8th - 13:27pm | Ethical Retired...
I want to thank National Park Traveler for covering this ethics issue, which has been missed by most of the mainline media. It is expected that everybody here loves the National Parks, regardless of their views on individual issues. The National Park Service doesn't get enough critical attention because of the Public's love for its Parks. My criticism of the NPS and its le
Mar 8th - 12:03pm | ecbuck
Rick, that is an easy one if you believe in our Constitution. The power lies in the people (not the government) and it is up to the people to "watch the watchers".
Mar 8th - 11:44am | Rick B.
Isn't that always the question? Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Mar 8th - 10:47am | ecbuck
Why does any institution need an "Ethics Office" in the first place? The same reason we need law makers and policemen. 1) not everyone has a common set of values 2) not everyone obeys the rules. Why do we suddenly seem so confident that a bureaucracy is better than a court of law?
Mar 8th - 09:57am | Alfred Runte
A question for the readers. Why does any institution need an "Ethics Office" in the first place? Shouldn't everyone in the organization already know what is right and wrong? Other than their preacher, priest, rabbi, or minister, must someone else always be telling them that?
Mar 7th - 22:33pm | raybane
A very thoughtful and well written comment. Thank you, rmackie. Your critical appraisal of the issue is well-ballanced and concise. I have had differences with Director Jarvis, but I have always respected his personal commitment to the National Park Service. Nonetheless, he made a serious mistake - one he likely would have disciplined a subordinate for commiting.
Mar 7th - 11:43am | Ethical Retired...
The NPS Director has claimed that the agency's Ethics Office was an excessive impediment, which is why he went around it in publishing his book. Others have described that office as a bureaucratic mess. I assume it has been under the Director's supervision for the seven or so years he's in charge. My question is this: What could he
Mar 7th - 11:25am | rmackie
Agree Lee, Dr. Runte's post is thought provoking and unfortunately true in many respects. I also take issue with a coupe of points. In the case of the NPS Director, the issue is not his writing book, it was the means to achieve the same.
Mar 7th - 10:30am | tahoma
Thanks for the lesson in comparative bureaucracy, especially this gem:"The National Park Service is not the Pentagon, but the game is still the same. If you are truthful, the other players will cut your budget to ribbons. In other words, the moment the bureaucracy asks, the moment the truth inflates. A generous overhead for the bureaucracy is built in.
Mar 7th - 09:48am | Lee Dalton
Wow! This is something we need to read several times to absorb it all. Unfortunately, Dr. Runte is right. And unfortunately, the effects of this -- and a zillion or two other similar stories throughout virtually every curve and corner of American life -- are being seen now as frustrated people think they've found their savior in a bizarre bully.
Mar 7th - 08:03am | SmokiesBackpacker
The NPS serves the NPS, and the concessionaires. That is spot on. Jarvis turned the agency into a money whore while turning out those who truly wished to pursue wilderness stewardship. He should step down. But his arrogance will not permit that.
Mar 8th - 15:48pm | Marsha N
To say that DNC established the Yosemite National Park brand almost to an equal extent that the NPS did is ludicrous. Yosemite National Park has been there for over 100 years before DNC and will be there way past the time that DNC left. DNC has not done anything more than any other concessionaire has done when they held contracts in parks which includes improvements to facilit
Mar 8th - 13:47pm | Bill Borrie
Joe, I'm not so sure that Delaware North is all that disgraceful! While I find the whole dispute, particularly over the name of the national park itself, to be frustrating, I think Delaware North is doing what all good businesses should do and that is protect their investments.
Mar 8th - 13:49pm | Kurt Repanshek
Obviously our content got shuffled a bit when we did a complete software update a year ago...
Mar 8th - 12:58pm | Lyle Laylin
The chart mentioned in the last two paragraphs is missing
Mar 8th - 09:34am | JB Bergeron
Great Joy and celebration upon hearing of the Forest Service's decision! Submitting comments does work.
Mar 7th - 10:24am | Christy
I found this article through Earthjustice. I'm a native Phoenician, and I read online news sources because the primary Arizona news sites (The Arizona Republic newspaper, azcentral.com , and TV news) are all silent on any issue that opposes the Republican machine in this state.
Mar 7th - 00:24am | Leland CAMPBELL
i LIVED IN THE PARK FOR 7 YRS AND THIS IS GOOD NEWS
Mar 8th - 09:04am | roseman2000
Enjoyed reading the articles. What makes this research stand out is your excellent field work. Projects with remote data collection involves dedication so thanks for those efforts! Always fascinated with the process of handling outliers. They can be a source of fun or a big headache. Tim
Mar 8th - 06:27am | Acadia on my mind
Among the official Acadia Centennial events running all year: First-ever 100-mile virtual Acadia Centennial Trek. Hikers, runners or step-counters around the world can log their miles and see their map icon move along the route that goes over the 26 peaks of Acadia, along parts of the Park Loop Road and carriage roads, and sections of the real-life MDI YMCA Acadia Half and Fall Half Marathons.
Mar 8th - 00:11am | Grace
I know three people that have it , one is runner, an outdoorsy person, The other was hiking out in the wilderness, and the third person was hiking at the foot of the Cascade mountains. I read of case where a guy got it playing ball in central park.
Mar 7th - 21:58pm | SuzyQ
It is in Oregon and Washington. Maybe not epidemic levels of the east coast but it is definately here. When I was at the doctors in Portland I was stunned to see lot of people getting IV and I asked this patient what they were being treated for and it was Lyme. Seemed like a lot of people to me considering only 352 cases were reported. I think the number is higher than that.
Mar 7th - 16:04pm | ecbuck
Rolling over Congress won't do anything for the bloated bureaucracy. But let's stick to the NPS. Why in the world is the Arlington Bridge part of the NPS. Its emblematic of the NPS being stretched beyond its mission and means.
Mar 7th - 15:32pm | Lee Dalton
And what better way to start trimming that bloated bureaucracy than by voting all the career incumbent Congress members out and replacing them with fresh blood subject to rigid term limits and campaign finance reform founded on repeal of Citizens United?
Mar 7th - 12:50pm | ecbuck
Alfred and Lee, The vast majority of those riding over Arlington bridge each day aren't going to a national park. They are daily communters of the bloated federal beaucracy.
Mar 7th - 10:29am | Alfred Runte
I think Lee is right. Haven't you noticed all of the signs: "Don't Feed the Politicians"?Seriously, although I haven't done the math lately, about 9,000 acres of Washington, DC, is in federal ownership for public parks--the Mall, Rock Creek Park, etc. And then there are all of the buildings and monuments.
Mar 7th - 09:33am | ecbuck
Maybe because nearly all of D.C. is a de-facto national park. I am so baffled by that comment it is impossible to respond.
Mar 7th - 09:24am | Lee Dalton
Maybe because nearly all of D.C. is a de-facto national park.
Mar 7th - 08:33am | ecbuck
The bridge isn't an example of an NPS backlog, it is an example of assets that have no business being part of the NPS. Why is the NPS footing the bill for commuters into DC?
Mar 7th - 14:31pm | Ken Case
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