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  • Leadership Summit: Building For the Future   6 years 40 weeks ago

    Beamis: your quote, "but Iv'e seen plenty of kids enjoying the national parks". What kids!? Privileged rich kids who have access to the parks. Most inner city folks are too busy working two or three jobs to maintain a family, and with less time to shuttle their kids to the National Parks. Maybe a helping hand from the NPS could give more insight on this topic...at least take a big step towards this direction. The National Parks are meant to educate and not to be stifled by such comments like yours.

  • Leadership Summit: Building For the Future   6 years 40 weeks ago

    I was at Mammoth Cave this past weekend and judging from the lines that I stood in there wasn't a shortage of visitors or young people. The same could be said of my trip to Zion, Yellowstone and Grand Teton in June or to Cape Canaveral National Seashore in April. I don't know what parks you've been visiting but I've seen plenty of kids enjoying the national parks. The ones on my cave tour were well mannered and asked good questions.

    If the numbers are dropping some isn't that a good thing? I remember when I was a ranger back in the 1990's and the high-pitched whining screech constantly heard emanating from NPS management was that the public was "loving the parks to death". This was practically a mantra.

    Why does the NPS always seem to see-saw back and forth from one crisis mode to another? I thought less visitation was good for the sake of the resource.

    Go figure.

  • Leadership Summit: Building For the Future   6 years 40 weeks ago

    I think you're reading too much into Director Bomar's rhetoric. Remember whom she was addressing. I didn't interpret her as saying the NPS needs to add one more duty to its roster, but rather that we as a society have to recognize a responsibility to, if you will, lead the youth of America into the woods and show them the wonderment that resides there.

    Will "visitors surely come" if the NPS simply maintains the integrity of the park system? I wouldn't be so sure. Someone needs to tell the world what that system holds. In these days, maintaining a park is no guarantee that someone will come to visit.

  • Leadership Summit: Building For the Future   6 years 40 weeks ago

    It is the legislated responsibility of the NPS to preserve and protect federally owned natural and historic areas that have been officially designated as such by Congress. The idea that this same agency is somehow duty bound to help wean young people from their "tight focus on everything electronic" is not, nor should it be, part of its mission. This is not the proper function of government.

    The idea that a director of a federal agency is "doing battle" to win over young people is ludicrous. Just pick up the trash, lead the cave tours and burn out the underbrush when it gets dangerously thick. The free market will decide who comes to visit. This is not a social welfare agency responsible for individual moral uplift. That is the personal choice of each person in the free market place of ideas and products.

    If the kids of today prefer a Gameboy to to a hike in the woods that is none of Ms. Bomar's business. All she needs to concern herself with is maintaining the integrity of the parks in her charge and the visitors will surely come. The Organic Act says nothing about doing battle to win hearts and minds, but only to provide for the enjoyment of whomever happens to come through the park entrance regardless of who they may happen to be.

  • Leadership Summit: Building For the Future   6 years 40 weeks ago

    Damn Kurt, your so right! I see kids in the inner cities just starving for someone to thrown them into the woods. I mean that literally! I advocate more leadership academies for such a purpose. However, in the long run I don't endorse any of Bush's environmental, economic or war policies.

  • Is the Bear "Hunt" in Katmai National Preserve Sporting or Ethical?   6 years 40 weeks ago

    I am totally against a legal bear hunt be allowed in Katmai National Preserve. Thank you for bringing this to the attention of some of us unawares.

  • Leadership Summit: Building For the Future   6 years 40 weeks ago

    I think it's wholly appropriate for the director of the National Park Service to be concerned about the youth of America in regard to the national parks. Frankly, I think all of us should be concerned about the younger generations and their tight focus on everything electronic and cartoons of mockery and disrespect.

    I could understand castigating someone for endorsing such behavior, but why criticize a public official for their concern over younger generations growing more and more detached from the natural world around them? What's wrong with someone in Washington taking a stance on the importance of getting the younger generations away from their electronics and into nature, if only for a while?

    After all, where there are no park advocates, there is no park system.

  • Leadership Summit: Building For the Future   6 years 40 weeks ago

    "Our children have been seduced by the dark side of video games," Park Service Director Mary Bomar said at one point. "Is there anyone surprised that more Americans know Homer Simpson's home town than Abraham Lincoln's? Yes, Springfield (Ill.).

    "... We are locked in battle to make sure that we get the hearts and minds of Americans back, to re-engage the American public with their national parks."

    Since when is it the job of the NPS director to be "locked in battle" over the hearts and minds of anyone? Why doesn't she stick to the more mundane task of preserving and managing the resources under her agency's purview and leave the task of attracting visitors to the free market?

    I also don't think it is Mary Bomar's role to fight the "dark" forces that are supposedly seducing America's young away from a wholesome frolic in Yosemite and resulting in more awareness of Homer Simpson than Abe Lincoln. If you want to point fingers Mary you might want to start with our wonderful government run schools.

    I urge Ms. Bomar to refocus her energies on the less glamorous job of making sure that park roads are free of potholes, that hungry bears and raccoons are staying out of garbage dumps and that the toilets are clean and flushing properly along the Blue Ridge Parkway. You need to leave the winning of hearts and minds to someone else.

    Mary, from where I sit it seems that you've got more than enough on your plate to keep you plenty busy. Before you start reaching into realms you have no business posturing on why don't you get your own house in order first!

  • Yellowstone Bison Population Healthy; Montana Priming For Hunts   6 years 40 weeks ago

    Of all meat sources, buffalo is by far the healthiest. Per gram, or ounce for the metrically challenged, it ranks as lowest in fat, highest in protein and is very tasty. But I'll continue to obtain mine as I have for years, from private buffalo farms well beyond the borders of the park service, thank you very much. They're still free-range animals on the farm, and require such treatment to maintain their limited content of fat. Good genetics don't hurt either, which is why cattle can't compare.

  • Is the Bear "Hunt" in Katmai National Preserve Sporting or Ethical?   6 years 40 weeks ago

    Congradulations Katmai bear hunters, you have replaced my previous perception of an un-talanted, un-educated, and un-ethical hunter. In the Upper Penninsula of Michigan, where I currently reside, deer hunters had once held the dubious honor due to their relentless "baiting" tactics, which in many cases take place no more than 50 yards from thier heated blinds where coffee pots steam and hunting videos play on their portable televisions. I used to think this was un-ethical, at least many of these hunters use the meat to feed their families. These so-called hunters in Katmai just want a trophy prize without actually haveing to earn a trophy animal. I am a hunter, but I believe I hun the right way. Hunting should be hard, the more difficult the hunt, the more rewarding. Buying a license, having a guide company fly you in, eating breakfast, and then shooting an eating bear no more than 50 yards or less away that has grown accustomed to people all summer long is not sport...and your kidding yourself if you think it is... So once again CONGRADULATIONS on your dubious accomplishment.

  • Is the Bear "Hunt" in Katmai National Preserve Sporting or Ethical?   6 years 40 weeks ago

    Formerly a proud ALaskan, I now live in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan where deer hunting takes precedence over virtually all aspects of life at the end of October and throughtout November. While I do hunt, I am against all forms of baiting (unless you depend of the deer meat to feed your family which many people do in this area). I have heard stories from other so-called hunters who shoot deer from the comfort of thier blinds, sipping on a cup of coffee seconds before and after they pull the trigger. This is not hunting! I hunt for the pure enjoyment of being out of doors and interacting with nature, rarely do I shoot anything, if ever. Hunting these bear in Katmai is less of a challenge than shooting a deer that has been baited for months over the summer and fall. I used to think this type of hunter was weak, cowardly, lazy, and not a true sportsman. NOW I BELIVE THOSE WHO HUNT GRIZZLY BEAR IN KATMAI HAVE DEFINED THEMSELEVS AS UNAPPRECIATIVE, UN-SPORTSMAN LIKE, AND UNABLE TO HUNT LIKE REAL MEN....CONGRADULATIONS KATMAI HUNTERS...

  • Federal Real ID May (Not) Be Required For Park Visit   6 years 40 weeks ago

    I 'googled' this site after a confrontation I had yesterday at a Social Security office in Iowa. Going to the office to report my mother's death I was immediately met in the 10x10 waiting room by an armed SS guard (Dept of Social Security was on his badge). After my wife presented her driver's license I questioned the guard why this was necessary. He abrubtly stated it was a requirement at all federal facilities and because there was a sign posted at the entrance. Before reacting (or over-reacting) I decided to research this violation of my freedoms to walk into a public facility (non-fee). Here are my conclusions: (Btw: This relates to the NPS system blog at the bottom)

    1.) EVERY instance needs to be challenged despite the convienance (or lack of) instead of trying to organize on a large scale. Organization on large scales are important but individual refusal to accept totalitarianism is fundamental. Doing right is always more important than doing what is easy (in this case doing nothing).

    2.) The recent case of the woman riding a public bus to work, and her subsequent arrest, through a federal facilty will provide some light on how serious this will be as the DHS is going to start needing 'case-laws' for future violators of this 'law'.

    3.) If you think this is about the war on terror, then you are an idiot. The war on terror is a fabricated enemy to keep us in fear and the need for a strong government with its surveilance, policing, and intelligence agencies. How will we know when we've won? Seriously people, instead of viewing porn on your internet, research ALL the inconsistencies of the 9/11 'attack'. If it was by terrorists, why hasn't anything happened since then? Are our security measures SO amazing that we've eliminated every single possible majot/minor terrorist action since 2001? Possibly research the recent transfer of armed nuclear weapons from Minot AFB, ND to Louisiana LEAK that resulted in every single person involved inthe leak dying of mysterious deaths since Aug 30, 2007 (leak date) (ie, car accidents, plance accidents, heathly people dying of cancer, etc). Point: SOME people are speculating that the low-grade weapons were not intended for Iran but to secretly be detonated on OUR soil to give the war on terror new 'life'.

    4.) To the person that said they don't mind because the government already has our information, wants them to know what parks are getting the traffic, and .. since the corporations have already been collecting personal data on us for year ... that it is okay. Repsonse: OMG!! You have serious trust and/or lack of discernment issues. You are, or also probably surround yourself with, victims that are constantly being 'enabled' and never cured.

    5.) Lastly, you all are concerned about the welfare of the NPS but it is just microscopic compared to the bigger things that are going on. Below are to google video sites that should be viewed. Once you see eith of these you will stand up against EVEN the idea of an encroachment of our freedoms ... in any area.

    Directors cut (AWESOME): http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1656880303867390173

    15 minute PROMO (Very Good): http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4035648463442185390

    I look forward to your replies: I dare you to watch the/a above video(s) and see what your think about the Real ID Card in our 'national' park system.

  • Is the Bear "Hunt" in Katmai National Preserve Sporting or Ethical?   6 years 40 weeks ago

    Anonymous, thanks for mentioning that information and thank You for your great comment. Katmai Lover, I am very familiar that region and where the hunting camps are set up is very close to where the bears have been feeding on salmon for the last 4 months. remember that it wasn't that long ago the Alaska Board of Fish and Game moved the bear hunting season up from the middle of October to October one. This no doubt left the bears stuck at the end of their feeding season in larger concentrations for obvious reasons. very easy pickens for bear hunters indeed!!! I agree totally with the comment just above, this is nothing more than a duck pond shoot! I do think the Alaska Board of Fish and Game will come around and do the right thing in Katmai National Preserve and limit or eliminate the easy slaughter of bears in this region. I do understand why the hunting outfitters love this because it's very easy money for them and easy prey for their clients, but I think it's time for us to have a shred of dignity and humanity and do what's right! Alaska Board of Fish and Game, please concider moving the bear hunt out of GMU 9C 703? Thank You!

  • Yellowstone Bison Population Healthy; Montana Priming For Hunts   6 years 40 weeks ago

    Gunner Jack: Ever hear of a Polish rifle? The barrel is bent towards the hunter...use it on this hunt. Just joking! Seriously, in all candor, this a issue where the forestry range managers should work in dire effort to expand the rangeland for the buffalo...beautiful animal! The question is, how do we appease and convince the Montana rhinestone cowboys to give up some of there prime rangeland to enhance the health of the buffalo. Who came first...cowboy or buffalo? This is nothing more then a turkey shoot for the fabulous 38. Enjoy the easy pickens!

  • Is the Bear "Hunt" in Katmai National Preserve Sporting or Ethical?   6 years 40 weeks ago

    Katmai Lover, the Craighead Wilderness Institute in Montana whom specializes in wildlife studies would be a great source of help. Highly praised for their work in bear and animal research in Northern America. But, I doubt the Alaskan Board of Game, or the National Park Service would allow them to look at their sloppy book keeping and data (privilege information?) on the bear population in Katmai. This is a sensationalized story that should of been sought out sooner. I applaud the NPT and the media for bringing this story forth. Again, this actually is what this story implies: a unethhical bear hunt that amounts to nothing more "then easy pickens"! Now for the Buffalo fiasco in Yellowstone National Park...another unethical duck pond hunt!

  • What is YOUR Favorite Park Experience?   6 years 40 weeks ago

    I agree with Frank--difficult to choose just one. Most recently, I remember that a Park Service Law Enforcement Ranger found me and a friend staring slack-jawed at the base of a cliff, playing an amateur game of guess-the-petroglyph. Apparently, he decided our water bottles, tank tops, and sneakers made us unlikely pothunters, and spent the next hour leading us on an unofficial, on-the-trail, but not-in-the-guidebook, tour of New Mexico’s mysterious Chaco Culture National Historical Park. We saw oyster shells embedded in desert rocks, and discovered ancient etchings of small men, snakes, and mountain lions. Later, as the sun set, we examined a pile of rocks next to the Pueblo Bonito ruins. How many other visitors had walked past these same red-orange rocks and not noticed that the curvature of the rock pile echoed the rolling mountain peaks in the distance? He urged us to stay for the night sky program (trust me--you’ve never seen so many stars as you see at Chaco!) and then climbed in his truck and drove off. We counted the jackrabbits darting across the road, and then counted our lucky stars. Thanks, Ranger John.

  • Yellowstone Bison Population Healthy; Montana Priming For Hunts   6 years 40 weeks ago

    Thanks for the info on what sounds like a great hunting opportunity. Bison meat is good meat, low in fat.
    Here's my rifle:
    http://www.marlinfirearms.com/firearms/bigbore/444.aspx
    What do y'all carry?

  • Yellowstone Bison Population Healthy; Montana Priming For Hunts   6 years 40 weeks ago

    "Flight connection?" Don't jets cause global warming?
    But I guess you don't fly in your own private jet like Algore. lol....

  • Is the Bear "Hunt" in Katmai National Preserve Sporting or Ethical?   6 years 40 weeks ago

    Chris Day wrote "Overflying the area before landing we observed nine hunting camps. Every camp without exception had bears within 200 yards of their tents ". Doesn't that sound like A LOT of bears in one area? Maybe too many? I don't buy the argument stated Oct. 17 by Anonymous that "big money" is the reason we don't have any numbers on the Katmai bear population. I don't see a big effort by the authors of this article to find out about bear population trends in Katmai, and that is disappointing. There is a way to get people interested in proper management and conservation, and THIS IS NOT IT. Conservation groups are a good idea and I'm glad groups like the NPCA exist, but NPCA should support their cause with sound data, not sensationalized articles. If this bear hunt is cruel and unethical, then it is also cruel and unethical for wind turbines to kill birds.

  • NPS Director Bomar Not Inclined to Overturn Yellowstone's Snowmobile Backing   6 years 40 weeks ago

    "...to compromise the scenery and the natural and historic objects and to harrass the wildlife therein and to impede the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them forever impaired solely for the eternal amusement of a handful of knuckleheads in annoying fart machines."

  • The Consequences of the Legal Bear Hunt in Katmai   6 years 40 weeks ago

    Is hunting baby deer legal?

  • Katmai Bear Hunt: Outfitter Says It's No Walk in the Woods   6 years 40 weeks ago

    Wow Anonymous---Do you realize Congresspeople do not listen to people named anonymous? Mr. & Mrs. Anonymous do not get to vote and for that reason they are not heard. For your information, I also did not appreciate the hunt that was portrayed in this particular video.

  • Yellowstone Bison Population Healthy; Montana Priming For Hunts   6 years 40 weeks ago

    Thanks for pointing out the error, Jim. That's what happens when you're trying to get a post up and not miss your flight connection.

  • Yellowstone Bison Population Healthy; Montana Priming For Hunts   6 years 40 weeks ago

    Yellowstone buffalo, like elk, are probably at numbers well beyond their historic numbers within Yellowstone. The problem is that bison have not been allowed to expand their range. I fear for the buffalo this winter caught in the usual pissing match among humans and their proprietary claims.

    FYI, your article is in error. The NPS has claimed that there are 4,700 bison after the summer count (just below the 4,900 record). After last summer, the count was 3,900. The NPS news release is at http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/07100.htm.

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

  • Is the Bear "Hunt" in Katmai National Preserve Sporting or Ethical?   6 years 40 weeks ago

    Thank You Channel 2 News, Magen and everyone else for an oustanding job. Yes the video is but just a short epic of what's going on out on Katmai viewed by some as biased and not telling the whole story. Well, to show the rest of the story would be to show even more grotesque slaughter of the bears in this region on Katmai National Preserve. Rest asure, that is not the only footage and images of whats going on out there. The rest of the filming will surface when it's most appropriate. The eyes and ears are everywhere bear hunters and evry move is being recorded and documented.