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  • National Parks Traveler Launches User Forums   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Joe--

    I was impressed by the many Australian rangers whom I met at the International Ranger Federation's World Ranger Congress held in Wilsons Promontory NP in Victoria, Austrailia. They seemed to have their heads screwed on right. It was an impressive group. You made a good choice.

    BTW, while visiting neighboring New Zealand on the same trip, I went to a national park that I had to add to my list of favorite national parks, Fjordlands NP on the South Island. It contains awesomely beautiful scenery.

    Rick

  • National Parks Traveler Launches User Forums   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Rick

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife, Queensland Australia. Well trained hands on park rangers who regularly sleep in the bush on a swag (aussie for bedroll) to perform a multitude of National Park duties from feral animal control, native species inventory, beach protection, trail construction, fire management, weed control and more. The best and most knowledgeable staff I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

    Joe

  • Nevada Barr’s Next Park Novel: An Unauthorized Preview   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Since you're an experienced Nevada Barr reader, Debbie, maybe you could provide some advice for newcomers. Would you recommend that a newbie read the 14 books featuring ranger Anna Pigeon in chronological order, from first to last, or would it be OK for her/him to start with the most recent one (Winter Study) or perhaps any book in the series? I have my own ideas about that, but I'm curious what other Nevada Barr fans think.

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 12 weeks ago

    For those who argue that people who hold a permit for concealed carry are "well-trained in the use of a gun," check this article out:

    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4191/is_20031009/ai_n10028946

    I'd hate to meet any of those folks carrying a gun in the Everglades!

  • Nevada Barr’s Next Park Novel: An Unauthorized Preview   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Thank you for this article. Love the Nevada Barr novels I have read and look forward to finding others. We listen to books on CD driving into the night to get to our vacation destination (usually a NP). No better company than Anna Pigeon when driving into the night! We really enjoy the insight she gives into the inner workings of the park system that the average tourist never sees. Whether reading or listening to the CD, she is a great entertaining author, she provides a great character and beautifully intriguing settings!

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 12 weeks ago

    RonC
    I love ONP also.
    I see bear (up close even) about every backpack.
    Try the east side tree line meadows late summer during blueberry time.
    Could be early fall this year (?)
    I'll be out there for sure!

    IMHO carrying a weapon for fear of bear and other critters,
    into Our National Parks in the lower 48 is just silly.
    HYOH!

  • Groups Sue To Overturn Removal of Greater Yellowstone Wolves from Endangered Species List   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Bob, you seem to be an ethical hunter and I am so glad there are a few of you left out there ! Wish I could share a beer with you ! Hopefully before we kill most of the great predators AGAIN, mankind will wake up and appreciate what makes our great wilderness and wildlife so very special and precious.

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 12 weeks ago

    The point has been made that a gun probably won't protect me from a bear. I don't carry because of the bears. I carry for the same reason John Steadham carries: to protect myself and my loved ones. My primary concern is to encounter a snake, either the kind that slither, or the kind on two legs.

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 12 weeks ago
  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 12 weeks ago

    One carries a gun in a park for the same reason one carries it anywhere else . To protect yourself and loved ones. not just to kill something.......DUH

  • Senators' Letter to Open National Parks to Concealed Weapons   6 years 12 weeks ago

    My wife and I have camped at Acadia National Park in Maine, 12 of the past 15 years. We have never encountered a "derelict" nor any other campers strolling about, packing their weapons. Both facts make us feel happy and secure. Packing a weapon is a sign of insecurity. Think about it.

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Eric,
    I will! It will be Olympic National Park this summer (err if the snow ever melts!). What an awesome place.
    I actually saw a black bear two years ago. I was disapointed in the picture (I prefer shooting wildlife with a camera for sure.) But he was just too far away.

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Thanks RonC, It will be interesting to see how all of this unfolds, above all have fun and enjoy the wonders of our beautiful National Parks as I will continue to do no matter what happens!

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Here is the original petition....

    http://www.vcdl.org/pdf/VCDLPRM_010408.pdf

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Eric,
    I was not trying to ge personal. My attempt at a little humor I guess did not come across well and for that I apologize (You have heard that bear joke right?).

    We can certainly agree to disagree but if it is legal to hike with a sidearm, then I will. If it required to be concealed, then nobody will ever see it. That being said, when I hike "with the guys", I am less likely to carry. With my family, then very likely. Will I ever need it? 99.9% says I will never evetr need it. We all know that. But the for the 0.1% chance I would rather have the sidearm than not. I have never in my life needed it and hope I never do. The implications are huge.

    I believe that most people who will carry will do so on the backcountry. That is where I would like to have the option. As for a bad guy havaing a gun in the backcountry, remember they are a bad-buy and they do not care. They will have them regardless. The law abiding people are the ones that will not carry if illegal and are then defenselss. As for bears and such. Well they don't care I guess. They are usually afraid of us, unless it is a momma bear.

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 12 weeks ago

    RonC, Why get personal? I don't have an 8 year old daughter, I do have one on the way and I would not take her where I was, An 8 year old probably would not be able to. The picnic table remark was from another persons post, I used as an exagerated example. why am I curious about you carrying in a NP? Because you stated earlier "How many times do you think somebody has brought in a gun illegaly into a NP and you did not know it?" What was I thinking, who would admit it anyway? Right? Let's just agree to disagree and keep it civil, you don't know me and I don't know you. If you really think I would run past my daughter(to be) to save myself, well, you are just grasping for some way to argue about this. I don't think I have taken any personal shot's at you, if I have I apologize, that is not what this is about. It is about expressing how each person feels about the situation. I don't make up stories about my experiences, I don't need to impress you or anyone else. I enjoy this forum and the comments made by the people here. I think we all may learn something, YES even you and I from these discussions as long as they don't get personal and nasty. I too carried Bear spray and yes I was lucky it worked, as for the tree, I was young and inexperienced at the time. We all have our opinions and that is why we are here.

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Bear spray says it all! If you miss your shot buddy with a hand gun against a full charging bear...you're mince-meat! At least with bear spray you don't shoot your buddy by mistake in a panic attack.

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Hey NoGunsInParks, I carry bear spray!

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 12 weeks ago

    From the Brady Campaign web site:

    In many states, statutory requirements are minimal and do not go much beyond the Federal Brady Law requirements for purchasing firearms – meaning that some people get CCW permits despite criminal convictions for violent or drug-related misdemeanors. Training requirements are extremely lax in many states or do not even require a licensee to prove that he or she knows how to load, fire, or store a firearm.

    Bear spray is more effective than guns:

    http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/pepper-spray-viable-alternative-guns-deterring-bears-15736.html

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Eric,
    Well it is your choice to not carry. Good for you. I desire to carry, good for me. I think I implied strongly in my earlier post that I do not carry when it is illegal. I only carry when it is lawful.

    Your fear, it appears is that somebody is pull the gun and shoot over a picnic table. I suppose it could happen but then if so, it will happen illegally, will it not? For all the gun free zones we have, where are the most problems....gun free zones. Virginia tech is a gun free zone. You might also note that states that have a CCW law have seen no increase in violent crimes or decreases. That is a fact. So again I believe you are fearful of a non issue.

    You say you have been charged by a bear in Montana. What would you have done if you had your eight year old daughter with you? Oh yea I guess she is slower than you.....You just have to be faster than her! Also if you got that close to a bear, I would say you are quite irresponsible, and should know better, and remember bears can climb trees better than you. You were simply lucky. You also made my point.

    I do find it interesting that you wanted to know if I carry illegally. Why?

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 12 weeks ago

    I have yet to hear a good reason to carry fire arm in a NP. As for being fearful, I for one am not, I don't have a reason to carry a fire arm in the NP's. It seems the ones who feel they have to carry a fire arm are the ones who are fearful. As for how many people have carried fire arms illegaly into NP's who knows? RonC, Have you illegaly carried a fire arm into a NP? When some "responsible" Moron with a gun shoots someone or an animal because of fear, or overthe use of a picnic table or a campsite. Then what? An apology? Too late. Sorry I just don't see it, it makes no sense to me. I'm not against guns, I used to hunt, I just choose not to now. So until someone comes up with a rock solid reason for this I say its nonsense. I have been charged by a bear in Montana, and treed by a bear in Minnesota, no gun, just common sense and learning the do's and don'ts while in the backcountry, millions of people do it every day in the NP's without guns. So...

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Anon, First drinking and carrying concealed is another no-no. If you carry , you cannot drink. Although I do not know every state law, you can be certain that law is on every state book. A CCW holder WILL lose his permit and go to jail. There are drunks everywhere, even in national parks, but you are still willing to drive a car on the road even if you know there might be drunk on the road and how many people die every day from drunk drivers?

    Eric, I suppose you are going to find morons everywhere. However that fella very likely broke the law. You should have called the police for brandishing. Again there will always be exceptions to the rule. How many times do you think somebody has brought in a gun illegally into a NP and you did not know it? But you still are willing to go in aren't you?

    For all of you fearful of this rule, I don't think you will ever see a gun, or even know about it. It will be a non issue.

    As for myself, I hope the change the rule to allow CCW holders to carry open. Why? Because frankly when hiking, it is more comfortable to carry with a thigh holder. Will I ever take a shot at wildlife? Of course not, unless that wildlife is going to make me the main course.

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Mike M. , No one? I beg to differ. I was standing in line at a Longs drug Store just 2 days ago and what do I hear from the (for lack of better words) IDIOT in front of me? "Ya, its cool to be able to carry a gun, we used to go back in the hills here and shoot birds and squirrels." He then showed the clerk his permit and flashed his waist with his gun. And to top it all off he said " And sometimes a couple of Mexicans just to keep things right"!!!!!!!!!!! So Mike M. You tell me, NO ONE?! This guy was a bit older than me (43). I sure don't want this IDIOT in any National Park that I would go to! Would you? I think not, if you would not mind this, I would not want you to be in the parks either.

  • Charismatic Marine Fauna   6 years 12 weeks ago

    It's so sad that the coral reefs providing vital habitat for this gorgeous fish and a host of other marine species are being destroyed or degraded all over the world at an alarming rate. The reef losses have reached critical levels in many areas, leaving us to wonder if some of the affected species may soon be wiped out completely. Biscayne, Dry Tortugas, Virgin Islands, and our other marine national parks are not immune to these problems.

  • National Parks Traveler Launches User Forums   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Kurt--

    I just spent a week in Nicaragua facilitating a training course for Nicaraguan rangers and others who share in protecting this country's protected area system. Here's a question for our fellow NPT colleagues. Leaving, for a moment, the US outside this question, in what country have Traveler members found the rangers (or whatever that country calles them whether it be wardens, or park guards, or environmental agents) most knowledgable and well trained? And while they are at it, maybe NPT respondents could also list their five favorite national parks or protected areas outside the US.

    Thanks,

    Rick Smith