I would feel a whole lot better about this "carbon dioxide sink" business if Interior Secretary Jewell, et al., conceded that this applies to ALL open land, including the public lands surrounding the national parks currently targeted for massive, renewable energy projects. So, how about it, Secretary Jewell?
Because the bill's language is much more clear that the area was suppose to become Wilderness area with no oyster farm.Show me the language that said the oyster farm had to leave so that the area could become Wilderness.
It is a symbolic fence intended to keep people from disturbing unique to CHNS nesting birds, as specficed in that Park's EL."and no development of the project or plan for the convenience of visitors shall be undertaken which would be incompatible with the preservation of the unique flora and fauna"
Nothing should have been a surprise to the former tenants at Drakes Bay.If everyone knew this was going to happen then why did the expend so much effort to smear and deceive everyone? Why would they risk thier credibility?
Of course that isn't right. Blowing up people and pouring millions of gallon of crude in the gulf isn't right either, the world is full of wrongs.Nothing should have been a surprise to the former tenants at Drakes Bay.
In regards to the oyster farm, do you think its okay for the NPS to misrepresent the available scientific information? Does these ends justify the means?I can think of at least one other park where this was done, right Buxton?
Their actions established their intent for me,I'll go with what they said they intended over your interpretation of their actions:http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20110813/former-legislators-back-poi...
"More than a dozen of America’s national parks carry “grandfather clauses” that allow privately owned beef cattle to eat and trample national park resources while their owners pay just a token fee to lease these grazing privileges from the National Park Service.Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (CO)Buffalo National River (AR)
EcbuckTheir actions established their intent for me, which were designating the area as potential wilderness and setting a date for removing the main impediment from establishing it as a wilderness area. And I don't think the agreement should be ignored but I also think the elk should be allowed to go where they want to go. This will be one for the lawyers.
I don't know if it was "could" or "would". But I would wonder why Drakes was identified as potential wilderness and why a sunset date was established for the commercial enterprise if there wasn't some intent as to what Drakes was intended to become, namely a Wilderness Area.
Elk should take precedence over cows in a National Park. Not even a question, in my opinion. Cows are all over the western and eastern USA. They are everywhere, even in places where there is little water, and resources are scarce- but there they are and in numbers that far exceed the carrying capacity of the land. An endangered species can not be associated with domesticated cattle.
From what I read the oyster farm was closed because the lease (think it was a 40 year lease) that was assigned to the original owners when the park was established had expired. 7 years before the lease was due to expire the original owners sold the lease, the new owners tried to get the lease extended and failed.
But in the end the ranches are located on national park lands, not private in-holdings. Taken along with the oyster farm, there's an interesting relationship between private businesses and NPS management at Point Reyes. Why are the ranches allowed to remain, but the oyster farm was shut down? It too was in business before the seashore was designated.
I don't think we got this story correct-- so they want to get rid of the elk in a National park so local ranchers can have more grass for their cows to eat-- in a National Park?? There are cows in a national park?? Are you kidding??
Interesting post loyalconserve. In my own opinion, the NPS maintenance backlog is just part of the nations failing infrastructure, it is a huge problem. This is not the site to get into the economic policies that most major political figures have bought into the last 40 years, but I agree, change is needed. Neo-liberalism simply does not work.
NPT thank you for not just printing the AP article that so many other outlets did and state that the "National Parks suffer from $$ maintenance backlog and a visitor base that is elderly and mostly white". Divisive, racist, insulting, discriminatory.
I've read a lot of your and other denialist's screeds. I'll go ahead and side with the majority of the scientists on climate change. Well, that and what I see happening all around me here in Alaska. You go ahead and have fun coloring your charts though.
Rick, your wrong, this president takes the top honor. His getting out has worked so well that now we're in more danger than before. Did read my other post about sea level rise? Are you really that clueless?
Beachdumb, I would expect you to understand about being laughing stock. The man you call 'dishonest' got us out of the wars that THE most dishonest President got us into. Perhaps try to back it down and discuss the topic of the thread rationally?
The longest running tide gauge in Florida, Fernandina, shows that sea level rose the fastest (4.5 mm/yr) for the 30 year period ending in 1953. For the last 30 years the rate has been 1.0 mm/yr. Over all since 1898 the acceleration of sea level rise at the the Fernandina tide gauge has been negative. (-0.01 mm/yr²).
Acadia's website indicates that the carriage roads will close Wednesday, April 22 (not Thursday). However, given today's drenching rain on the Maine coast, it's probably a good idea to stay off them starting immediately!
Sorry, ec, if I seemed to push back too hard. Maybe getting the info posted online would take less time and effort than I realize, but I've seen too many cases of "quick and easy" projects that prove not to be as advertised. This is just one of many examples of competing priorities for employee's time, and if this is being worked on, then something else won't get done.
"The Artist-In-Residence Program at Rocky Mountain National Park offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park's inspiring landscape"
In my experience the 'artist in residence' program is not a 'performing artist' [which puts me in mind of a singer or musician] but more often a painter or photographer. The product of such a program can benefit many.