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  • Selling Scions by the Seashore   6 years 42 weeks ago

    I wrote letters to my Senators and Congressman - wonder what sort of reply I'll get. I wanted to write the super, but if I applied for a job there after school and someone remembered my nastygram, that wouldn't be too good...

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    jr_ranger
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    Founder and President, CHS Campus Greens

  • Congress Takes a Step Toward Restoring the Great Lakes   6 years 42 weeks ago

    Jim,

    I'll have to double-check, but I believe current regs require ships to swap their ballast at sea before coming down the St. Lawrence Seaway. But I've been wrong before....;-)

    Kurt

  • Congress Takes a Step Toward Restoring the Great Lakes   6 years 42 weeks ago

    When I was on Lake Erie last week, I heard a lot from an Ohio State University scientist about the need for shipping ballast regulation. In looking at what's happening in the Great Lakes and other coastal areas, have you come across any legislation on this issue? I would think that would be a touchy one in Great Lakes states that depend on trade and yet are wary of the trade imbalance. Invasive species from Russia via China coming on trading boats doesn't go over well in the industrial areas. I was just wondering given how passionately he was pressing the need for this kind of regulation because of the ecological damage being caused.

    Jim Macdonald
    The Magic of Yellowstone
    Yellowstone Newspaper
    Jim's Eclectic World

  • Welcome to the National Parks Traveler 2.0   6 years 42 weeks ago

    Great new interface. Big Congrats.

    all good for your and this blog

    from Portugal,
    fernando_vilarinho

  • Selling Scions by the Seashore   6 years 42 weeks ago

    Be concerned. Golden Gate NRA is the park that other NPS superintendents, looking for income-generating ideas, hold up as THE paragon of private-public partnerships. And those superintendents that do watch Golden Gate, do not have their park's best interests in mind.

  • Selling Scions by the Seashore   6 years 42 weeks ago

    ARGH! Who approved this? I don't like imports to begin with, but imports being sold in a national park is like two stabs in the back..... :(

    I should write someone a letter.

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    jr_ranger
    http://tntrailhead.blogspot.com
    http://picasaweb.google.com/north.cascades
    http://zinch.com/jr_ranger
    President, CHS SPEAK (CHS Students Promoting Environmental Action & Knowledge)
    Founder and President, CHS Campus Greens

  • Selling Scions by the Seashore   6 years 42 weeks ago

    Public lands are frequently used for commercial activities but they are generally limited to those that contribute to management objectives for an area. I don't work for NPS and am not up to date on their commercial activity permit policy and process, but I'm having a tough time figuring out how lining Scions up and down Alcatraz Island furthers management objectives.

  • The Political Blotter   6 years 42 weeks ago

    I am not against snow mobiles or them having races, as long as they pass some kind of mechanical inspection, it bothers me when I see any mechanical driven vehicle burning or leaking oil. All should be required to have a valid inspection sticker, a nominal fee should be charged. The inspection should cover all mechanical and safety items, good for only 6 months. To answer a question about over crowding at any Nat'l Park during the winter why not make it simple. If the normal snow fall is say 15 feet and going back to records say 10 years ago where they had the normal 15 feet and 1000 people came in, then for todays factor 15'=1000 people. If the snow fall is only 7 1/2' only 500 people would be allowed to have thier snowmobiles inspected and allowed in the park, this doesn't apply to regular people who only want to just visit and enjoy the park. I have been to Yosemite Nat'l Park and they only allow so many people in the park at one time. If 20 cars go out then they would let 20 cars in, even as they try to accomindate everyone they still let to many in at the same time. It is realy hard to enjoy a beautiful site when it is over crowded. All the money that is ear taged for Nat'l Parks should not be deluted down with special interest. If any one sends $15k for new picinic tables at a particular park, thats what is goes for, period. I was very fortunate when I was a kid, my parents took vacations every year and we went to just about every park, Nat'l, State, City or private parks. We realy got to enjoy them, very much as this was done back in the 50's and 60's and not many people at any of them, WOW how fortunate I was..

  • Paying to Enjoy The Parks   6 years 42 weeks ago

    Joseph:
    Jus' to let ya know, TAXES were originally set up by our founders to be paid towards one thing and one thing ONLY...DEFENSE of this great nation. So don't complain....
    Granma

  • Hawaii Volcanoes Displaying its Geologic Might   6 years 42 weeks ago

    I'm in Hawaii right now, and tho' I'm not on the Big Island, this is major news all over the state. When someone mentions something like, say, the Agora Fire, some Hawaiian always points out that it will be contained and extinguished w/ the intervention of humans. Kilauea will be fiery until the eruption stops naturally.

  • Welcome to the National Parks Traveler 2.0   6 years 42 weeks ago

    Hey - if you guys did such a great job apart, imagine what NPT will be like! Keep up the great work! The new look and feel is wonderful.

  • Grizzly Attacks Man in Grand Teton   6 years 42 weeks ago

    Sally - how do you know the bear wasn't there first?

    Oh, wait, you don't. Excuse the rhetorical question.

  • The Political Blotter   6 years 42 weeks ago

    The days of government management should be drawing to a close. The continuing faith that is placed in this oversized and self-perpetuating bureaucracy with its legendary mismanagment is truly astounding! Can any of you out there name even ONE efficient federal government agency? One that is free of self-promotion, careerism and image mongering? Yeah, that's what I figured.

    I say it is time to begin a dialogue about deconstructing this silly mess of vertically structured incompetence and get "the crown jewels" placed in the hands of private or semi-private organizations that care about each individual park and want to do their utmost to preserve and protect them on a place by place basis. A good first step would be to have a non-partisan commission set up to look at getting rid of the "park barrel parks" that are in existence due to political malfeasance, much like what was done for military base closures in the 1990's. Do we really need a Women's Rights NPS unit? Or a park that honors "America's copper smelting heritage" in the upper peninsula of Michigan? How about Steamtown in Pennsylvania? Are these places worth the millions that are appropriated away from Yosemite and the Everglades every year to fund their upkeep?

    Once these units are properly done away with we can then concentrate on how best to divest the crown jewels from the political theater of the absurd that is the U.S. Dept. of the Interior and put them into the hands of more competent and area specific caretakers who will be dedicated to their particular park area and not to some nebulous and sappy "national park ideal". Freeman Tilden is dead. So are his half-baked and mostly silly ideas. Let's move into the 21st century with a viable plan for preservation, not a continuing template for unaccoutable careerists who move from park to park to further a job ladder climb rather than a dedication to particular places that they hold near and dear to their hearts.

    It's time to deconstruct! The 100th anniversary of the NPS should be about the end of the line, not more meaningless blather about a laughable "Centennial Intiative" followed by an endless string of more meaningless intiatives and yet more inane acronyms with a new museum in Washington, DC to "honor" the contributions made by the NPS in the distant past. No folks it's time to put this whole broken system out to pasture and start anew. That is the only way we will save the parks from their biggest threat: the NPS!

  • Paying to Enjoy The Parks   6 years 42 weeks ago

    You, sir, are an illiterate

  • Welcome to the National Parks Traveler 2.0   6 years 42 weeks ago

    Congratulations! The new interface looks great, and I'm eagerly anticipating the results of your collaboration. Both NP Traveler and Park Remark have proven their worth many times over, and this new vision should be even more valuable for those of us who love the parks.

    Ranger Bob

    Home Page: http://www.bobmackreth.com

    Blog: http://retreadranger.blogspot.com/

  • About The National Parks Traveler   6 years 42 weeks ago

    Very nice new look and the content remains solid. This is gonna be fun!

  • Welcome to the National Parks Traveler 2.0   6 years 42 weeks ago

    Congratulations. It's great to see the two of you partner. I'm about to launch RSS feeds for the sections of the Yellowstone Newspaper (actually, they're already up, but I haven't published them yet as I see if there are any kinks). That can hardly cover the full range of stuff for all the parks, but it does a pretty good job for Yellowstone and Grand Teton. I hope you and your readers will find them useful and will let everyone know when they are live (probably July 1, though it could be a day or two sooner).

    National Parks Traveler has been an amazing source for new information and fresh commentary. When I compile the aforementioned newspaper, it's always, always, always a stop along my way.

    Jim Macdonald
    The Magic of Yellowstone
    Yellowstone Newspaper
    Jim's Eclectic World

  • Paying to Enjoy The Parks   6 years 42 weeks ago

    I think if have all that money to give away, and is are tax dollers. For WARs that are needless. We should NOT PAY one penny. to use parks that was payed for with tax dollers !!!!

  • Paying to Enjoy The Parks   6 years 42 weeks ago

    That Chattahoocchee article was important. So was the one I posted the day before from SW Oregon on the Wild Wilderness blog --- and so is the discussion folks were having about Kachess Lake Campground in WA state. The three are all related and together they point to the future.

    While people are focusing on FLREA and the affect of recreation fees per se, the truly important action is with Granger-Thye and defacto privatization.

    In order to make privatization work, the public had to be denied the opportunity to recreate elsewhere on the forests and to do so for free. If forest visitors had opportunities available to recreation for free, then privatized recreation could not compete. Lynn Scarlett's Reason think-tank has made that point repeatedly.

    The recreation industry doesn't get a penny from entrance fees charged under FLREA --- not one red cent. The recreation industry did not give us pay-to-play in order to enrich the agencies. The recreation industry did not give us FLREA in for its "Standard Amenity Fees". Whatever money the industry will make directly from FLREA will be derived through the provision of special, commercial, services for which "Expanded Amenity Fees" are charged.

    In contrast to FLREA --- the recreation industry gets to keep 85 cents on the dollar charged under Granger Thye.

    For the National Forests, the future is the privatization of access and the retention of fees under the authority of Granger Thye

  • A Modern History Of Public Lands Mismanagement   6 years 42 weeks ago

    I wonder if there was any secret vistor's from the NPS and American Recreation Coalition having one of those famous clandestine meeting with Mr. Cheney...of course, will never know since the secret service torn up Cheney's vistor's files. A typical operation with this administration.

  • Grizzly Attacks Man in Grand Teton   6 years 42 weeks ago

    Mustang Sally (aka acid tongue momma) my tribe always considers and recognizes the bear as a sacred animal regardless who was here first...what difference does it make to you...you seem so anti nature! Why!!

  • Grizzly Attacks Man in Grand Teton   6 years 42 weeks ago

    Birdie: How do you know the bear was "here first?" Was the bear older than the guy attacked??

  • Grizzly Attacks Man in Grand Teton   6 years 42 weeks ago

    1.) In the Teton case.. responsibility lies with the NPS. It is entirely thier fault as was the 2 - 1967 Glacier deaths (well documented in the “Night of the Grizzlies, by Jack Olsen”. Jackson Lake Lodge is not a wilderness area where man should know that he is in harms way, and using his wilderness savy. This is an area that the NPS has encouraged all walks of life to visit by providing/allowing the paved roads and the cushy living quarters. It is not a wilderness environment. The Grizzly is a wilderness element and should not be a part of this environment. The lodge should be moved.. the area restored to wilderness, or the grizzly and the elk kill should be moved to wilderness. The NPS/Wyoming Game and Fish? has allowed the encrouchment of the gizzlies habitat into non-wilderness areas… visitor areas, knowing placing naive tourists in harms way. This is criminal. Typical… as in the case of the Glacier 1967 deaths.. the NPS uses 20/20 hindsite to correct it’s mismanagemnt of bears. This shows how little the NPS values human life. A garbage dump near a mountain cabin in Glacier in 1967 is no different than an elk kill site near Jackson Lodge in Grand Teton. Action should be taken… not against the bear, but against the NPS and thier continued inability to manage the people and bear interface.... 3 grizzly cubs now know it is ok to chow down on tourists.
    2.) In the Yellowstone photographer's mauling last month.. the fault lies with the maulee... he invaded the bears turf and invaded thier safe sapce.. This was the second time this guy has been mauled... some people just don't get it... but is was his choice.

  • Repairing Rainier: A Question of Values   6 years 42 weeks ago

    Sally,
    I feel sorry for your grandchildren who have to suffer your physical abuse. Take your verbal abuse elsewhere.

  • Repairing Rainier: A Question of Values   6 years 42 weeks ago

    Sally,

    I get this feeling that you've never read "How to Win Friends and Influence People"....

    Kurt