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UPDATED: Congressman Asks For National Park Service Director's Resignation

Jun 28th - 15:43pm | ecbuck

And something like 95% of all Americans agree.

Jun 28th - 15:15pm | Bubba

i think Jarvis does have a lower opinion rating than Congress. He is just delusional progressive scum.

Jun 28th - 10:58am | Lee Dalton

Right, because we can be absoluely certain that our Congress is rotten to the core.  And something like 95% of all Americans agree. It's a lot like the old days in Yosemite when the hippies tossed pot into their campfires.  You could smell it everywhere, but it was almost impossible to track it down.

Jun 27th - 21:27pm | ecbuck

We will never know for sure. But that won't stop you from making the baseless accusations with absolute certainty.

Jun 27th - 19:22pm | Rick B.

One thing we do know is that Congress has a much lower opinion rating than Jarvis.  

Jun 27th - 15:40pm | hatrasfevr

If Jon Jarvis goes what will happen to his Lobbyist brother Destry Jarvis who's had an open back door into the NPS for many years? ANSWER: He may have to get a real job where opportunities to influence NPS and Environmental actions may not fall into his lap from his brother.

Jun 27th - 14:09pm | Lee Dalton

Complete agreement with Alfred's comment from here. Are we still under the influence of President Cheney's Privatize the Parks campaign? How much of all this comes from shady back door pressures from Capitol Hill? We will never know for sure.

Jun 27th - 11:39am | Alfred Runte

Unfortunately, we Americans have forgotten how to distinguish between corporations seeking profits and simple greed. It's not just the organization; it is also the culture now teaching Americans that money comes first. In the old days, the concessionaires (then mostly railroads) were happy to be making modest profits--or none at all.

Jun 27th - 10:19am | rmackie

Thank you Audrey, I agree. It is a sad day when our Parks and their employees have to be involved in this corporate presence. 

Jun 27th - 00:30am | Audrey Peterman

Mr Jarvis directors order 21 openibg the door to increased corporate presence and influence in our national parks is unacceptable. Forcing NPS employees to be   part of fundraising gives me the shivers as i know our civil servants are I'll equipped to go head to head with corporate wolves that I personally know have been lusting after our parks for years    

Jun 25th - 08:57am | GC Boatman

Removing Director Jarvis will hardly solve all of the NPS's problems, but it is a necessary step.  The trust of integrity in public service needs to be restored.

Jun 24th - 22:57pm | Lee Dalton

Wyoming, you left out the most common Congressional lubricant : MONEY!

Jun 24th - 21:38pm | Lorreta

Fire this man!

Jun 24th - 19:19pm | SmokiesBackpacker

Jarvis has long been a bad seed and I personally don't give a crap about his book deal. He's being punished for the Myriad other sins he's committed. I hope the next director learns that their job is to serve the public and not their cronies underlings. But Jarvis is so conceited and arrogant he will probably stay in office. Sally Jewell will appoint another clone of him. 

Jun 24th - 16:17pm | Wyoming Valley

Now, if Congress would just resign, the nation would be in terrific shape. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Congress is itself lubricated by sex and alcohol, and lately by sit-ins and personal tiffs. This is not to excuse Jonathan Jarvis for anything. But when Congress gets barely four percent public approval (yes, 4 percent!!), who are they to sound self-righteous?

Jun 23rd - 19:53pm | Ronald L

There is a petition on the White House site to remove Jarvis:  https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/fire-national-park-service-di...

Defending Mongolia’s Growing National Park System

Jun 28th - 13:54pm | Dev Nazare

wow Mongolia has some cool looking forests and their nationa parks is similar to some in the U.S. please kindly email me if interested in talkin about places, feel free to send me some pictures of mongolias parks 

Death Valley Considers Fee Increases To Fund Fixes At Scotty’s Castle

Jun 27th - 20:30pm | Ruth Teller

$16 for a tour of what?  Empty buildings? Damaged road?  I will pass.  So sad about the damage, but please manage my tax dollars better and fix the more visited sections of the park first.  I love Death Valley, but you have two of the worst campgrounds (embarrassing actually) in the country, Stovepipe and Sunset in Furnace Creek.

Cleanup From October Storms Continues At Death Valley National Park

Jun 27th - 20:22pm | Ruth Teller

Such a lovely place, but what a waste of money.  There are now areas of the park in much more need of repairs (Sunset Camp, Stovepipe Camp, the list goes on). To spend all of the parks money on a location that gets little visitation, likely none in the summer, is such bad management.

Denali National Park Hikers Have Run-Ins With Grizzlies

Jun 27th - 16:56pm | Ray Bane

1st, the entire park, with the possible exception of the rocky and ice covered upper mountains, is "bear habitat".  Some areas may be more heavily used by bears than others, but one should never assume that bears are not present in most park lands.

Jun 27th - 10:01am | mtgnppics

Hey!  What about using/carrying BEAR SPRAY?????????   Not a word about it here.

Mount Who? How Did This Famous Park Get Its Name?

Jun 27th - 12:45pm | Runs to Water

Um, Lakota not Sioux.

Armchair Photography Guides

Jun 26th - 21:46pm | Amarillobymorning

Looking forward to the Banff guide. As for future guides, if you'd like any tips or suggestions I would be happy to supply from wherever we visit. This summer we'll be at Wind Cave, Theodore Roosevelt, Apostle Island, Pictured Rocks and Sleeping Bear. Past visits include Canyon De Chelly, Glacier, Natural Bridges, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Bisti Badlands, Big Bend and some more back east.

Rocky Mountain National Park's Trail Ridge Road, Not A Good Place For Vertigo

Jun 25th - 18:55pm | Another Anonymous

Many years ago, while working road patrol on Trail Ridge Road, I encountered a woman who had stopped in the middle of the road with a death grip on the steering wheel.  She had vertigo much like as described by Anonymous.  After my attempts to calm her failed, I arranged for somebody to drive her vehicle to lower elevation.  I never considered the tundra area on top of

Jun 25th - 16:30pm | Rick B.

Just curious, Anonymous - how slow do folks drive there?

Jun 25th - 12:57pm | Anonymous

Just drove over Trail Ridge on Wednesday, June 22.

President Adds Stonewall National Monument To National Park System

Jun 25th - 09:08am | wild places

Another example of how the NPS has lost it's way

Jun 24th - 22:44pm | Debby

Why can't we make the Geronimo monument part of the National Park systems ? 

Jun 24th - 12:50pm | Rick B.

I'm gratified that President Obama took this action to commemorate this civil rights historical site.

Chinese Visitor Fined $1,000 For Going Off Boardwalk In Yellowstone National Park

Jun 25th - 00:55am | nwiz

It's time for Yellowstone to ban boardwalk closures; guests do NOT appreciate the natural beauty.  Their stupidity will close natural settings for all.

Minute Man National Historical Park To Reopen The Wayside

Jun 24th - 19:34pm | Leslie

The Wayside is located at 455 Lexington Road in Concord,MA

Jun 24th - 14:06pm | E.S.

An address for the house would be helpful on this item. I'm familiar with most of the historic houses around Concord, and this isn't the Alcott house, right? So this is some other house, which is not marked as "The Wayside" on the map, and which isn't the Wayside Inn a few miles up the way either, so...

The Case of the Cigarette Smoking Woman At Petrified Forest National Park

Jun 24th - 18:56pm | Wiseowl

Dear admin, tourists were traveling the National Trails Highway in 1924, which was the predesessor to Route 66, and before that, it was Beale's Trail.

Moses H. Cone Memorial Park: A Jewel Along The Blue Ridge Parkway

Jun 24th - 15:55pm | Jeff P

I completly agree!! 

Survey Says National Park Service Is Far from the Best Government Agency to Work For

Jun 24th - 14:31pm | Anonymous

Feel your pain

UPDATE: 'Creepytings' Vandal Pleads Guilty To Defacing Western National Parks

Jun 24th - 13:55pm | hc

Maybe if you'd paid attention in school and learned how to spell, write coherently, and communicate, we'd take you seriously.  No, probably and hopefully not;  we at least get your drift and it's pretty sad.

Western Charm And Personality, Cody, Wyoming

Jun 24th - 13:13pm | Dennis P. Lima

Thanks. We have reservations for both Cody and Yellowstone NP the second week of August. Looking forward to visiting. 

Jun 24th - 11:13am | David Crowl

Ditto on the Buffalo Bill Center.

Jun 24th - 09:53am | Jackie T

I absolutely love Cody! No summer is complete without a visit to the museum(s), a stroll down main street and a meal/stay at the Irma!

Jun 24th - 08:13am | ecbuck

The Buffalo Bill Center is a must see.  

What Should The National Park Service Do With The Enchanted Valley Chalet At Olympic National Park?

Jun 24th - 10:09am | tahoma

I was impressed that this large structure was rescued from the river.  The problem is that there is no truly sustainable place to put it. Moving it far away from the river increases the risk of it being damaged by falling old-growth trees and also increases the exposure to winter avalanches, which are the reason Enchanted Valley is mostly large meadows.

Jun 24th - 09:19am | JAnderson

Why not Save it and use it. It's a part of the history of the area and history should never be thrown away. Move it further if you must. I wondered why the first move didn't take it further from the river. Standard camping rules say you should be two hundred ft. from water. Fix  it up and make it usable.

Jun 24th - 00:43am | cenrico

Having visited including once years ago when the building was open top to bottom I feel the NPS should bring back the crew that moved it and have them move it some more, further away from the river. I also feel that commenters who have not visited have no right to ask you to remove it. That includes that wonderful organization known as Wilderness Watch.

Jun 23rd - 10:13am | rmackie

A tough one, historical significance especially to the locals, however my own bias is it should probably be removed. 

Musings From An IMAX Theater: What Did You Think Of "National Parks Adventure"?

Jun 23rd - 20:25pm | RomanHans

If Moby was raised in Newport Beach on a diet of Twinkies and Mountain Dew, he would still be more racially diverse than this boring film. Director Greg MacGillivray comes from a long line of white filmmakers -- his dad made Endless Summer -- and he's done the lineage proud. In a combined 90 minutes of audio and video, we've got ten seconds of Black.

Jun 23rd - 09:09am | Cheryl B.

Not worthy of an IMAX movie.  The sponsoring advertisements were a distraction.  Beautiful scenery, but the biking riding misses the point, even though I understand the demographic the movie was going for.  As others have mentioned, the movie shouldn't have shown people standing so close to bison.  But my biggest grievance was the shot of Lake Powell.  What were they th

Condor Chick In Zion Confirmed, But Father Dies With High Lead Levels In Blood

Jun 22nd - 16:12pm | ecbuck

Quite a stretch Anon - What I see in your article is someone (rightfully) claiming the UN wants to ban lead ammunition.  And, contrary to your articles author, there is nothing in the UN proposal that limits the ban to birdshot.  The (Infowars) article isn't blaming anybody for anything.  Merely pointing out a fact. 

Jun 22nd - 08:13am | Anonymous

Well, let's see, here's just one example of stuff being forwarded back and forth among some Utah patriots: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2014/10/robert-farago/u-n-ban-lead-ammu...

Jun 21st - 20:00pm | ecbuck

Current regulations prohibit the possession of lead projectiles with a firearm capable of firing such projectiles when hunting for big game or nongame species within the California condor range. Then hunters should not be using them.

Two Bears Struck By Vehicles, Killed Sunday In Grand Teton National Park

Jun 22nd - 07:30am | Julie

National Parks are not zoos.  People need to be respectful & remember this is their home.  Slow down and keep a safe distance.  Losing this bear cub is very distressing. The world is mourning along with bear #399.   

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