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  • Of Geologists, Paleontologists, And Science in the National Park System   6 years 37 weeks ago

    Anonymous#2 wrote " Fund NPS and you won't have any of these problems." While we're at it, let's also ask for peace in the Middle East and an end to world hunger. We can get an increase in funding but the NPS will never be fully funded any more than schools will be. We need real world solutions and that means that priorities have to be set.

  • Of Geologists, Paleontologists, And Science in the National Park System   6 years 37 weeks ago

    Pete Reser
    The point about the positions excised under the CORE proceedure is that the regulations do not permit them to be restored in the future. They're gone forever.

  • National Geographic's National Park Maps   6 years 37 weeks ago

    National Geographic is not cheap, I like use easygps, it is free, it provides a fast and easy way to create, edit, and transfer waypoints and routes between your PC and your Garmin, Magellan, or Lowrance GPS. It supports import of .LOC and .GPX files and also allows you to add waypoints manually, and import existing files.

  • National Geographic's National Park Maps   6 years 37 weeks ago

    National Geographic is not cheap, I like use easygps, it is free, it provides a fast and easy way to create, edit, and transfer waypoints and routes between your PC and your Garmin, Magellan, or Lowrance GPS. It supports import of .LOC and .GPX files and also allows you to add waypoints manually, and import existing files.

  • Of Geologists, Paleontologists, And Science in the National Park System   6 years 37 weeks ago

    Science has advanced so much, and there are so many sub-disciplines, that you just can't have all you need on staff. Nor can you have all the equipment, CAT Scan, scanning electron microscope, dating lab, and on and on. If you just make do with the expertise you have on staff, and don't use the best science available, you are either going to have to forgo some worthy projects or do an incomplete job. If you allow a park's science staff to fund what good science dictates, whether it's in-house or is brought in from outside, then that is good stewardship and good science. Funding challenges mean you find the best use of what funds you have, and sometimes that means taking a new approach.

  • Yellowstone National Park Announces Spring Plowing Schedule   6 years 37 weeks ago

    I saw the title and thought Interior was now opening the park to farming. Not that big a jump from loaded guns.

  • Of Geologists, Paleontologists, And Science in the National Park System   6 years 37 weeks ago

    It's been changed.

    Kurt

  • Of Geologists, Paleontologists, And Science in the National Park System   6 years 37 weeks ago

    Yo, Anonymous - change your username! It's ridiculous that only you can now post as "Anonymous".

  • Of Geologists, Paleontologists, And Science in the National Park System   6 years 37 weeks ago

    Adequate funding is undeniably important, but money that comes tied to a political agenda can just mask the problems. If they give you money to spend on science and tell you have to spend it on A when what you really need is B, it's as bad as if you weren't given any at all. Each park's chief scientist should be able to use the money and the staff in whatever way benefits the resource, and not to satisfy someone's political or personal agenda.

  • Of Geologists, Paleontologists, And Science in the National Park System   6 years 37 weeks ago

    Point #1: Whichever goofball registered using the name "Anonymous" needs to have their NPT account deleted because no one else can leave a comment as "Anonymous" since the name belongs to a registered user.

    Point #2: This stems from the fact that NPS is severely underfunded. Fund NPS and you won't see any of these problems.

    Point #3: Thanks for another great article, Kurt :) Where you find the time to do something other than NPT is beyond me.

  • Of Geologists, Paleontologists, And Science in the National Park System   6 years 37 weeks ago

    Tom:
    FACT is, your comments are nothing more than talking points of the NPCA and other groups who give nothing to the parks but lip service (like their little Bush-bashing tents manned by misinformed college kids at park VCs before the '04 elections).
    FACT is, the parks need more good 'ol ordinary moderate-wage professional RANGERS and less overpaid scientists, because that is what the American public wants, and has been provided in the past before budget stagnation.
    Thank you, Dinosaur NP management!

  • Of Geologists, Paleontologists, And Science in the National Park System   6 years 37 weeks ago

    The Park service certainly has had an "erratic" performance on science. Budgetary constraints are a part of it and so is the agency culture. But consider how they are under intense scrutiny and immense skepticism if they try a new approach. Flexibility in using and targeting your resources to the highest priority needs can be an important tool and reap big rewards. Some want the Park Service to remain entrenched in the old way of doing things.

  • Of Geologists, Paleontologists, And Science in the National Park System   6 years 37 weeks ago

    I'm happy the moderator edited out the personal attacks. Now can we call for a more calm and reasonable tone. The bullying and attempts to intimidate anyone who disagrees does nothing to advance the discussion on this topic.

  • Of Geologists, Paleontologists, And Science in the National Park System   6 years 37 weeks ago

    It's really too bad that some people (like anonymous above) will not identify themselves but post ignorant comments with absolutely no facts to back them up!
    FACT: The 2 positions in question contribute 54 years of combined professional experience to the program!
    FACT: Outsourcing, interns and seasonal help cannot replace 54 years of experience and excellence!
    QUESTION: Why would you want to eliminate these two very critical positions only to try and re-hire in the future and expect to get the same qualified and talented help that you already have? Please there Mr. or Mrs Anonymous - give me a good answer on that one?
    FACT: Once positions are eliminated it is MUCH harder to then get those positions back!
    FACT: The 2 positions (Park Geologist/Preparator/Lab Manager/Field coordinator and Curator) are a NECESSITY for the program to go on and function the way that it should be!
    FACT: Paleontology (Fossil prospecting, excavation, preparing and curating) along with active research "SHOULD" be the focus of "core-ops" at DNM!
    FACT: The above mentioned is NOT the focus of the current and severely lacking management at DNM!

    This comment has been edited to remove unnecessary personal attacks on park management.

  • Of Geologists, Paleontologists, And Science in the National Park System   6 years 37 weeks ago

    Why couldn't people be hired in the future? It's obvious that this is all about the individuals and not the positions.

  • Park History: Mount Rainier National Park   6 years 37 weeks ago

    Snowbird06
    Chance, your story inspires me to conquer Mt. Rainier this summer. Good job and keep writing for: "the pen is mightier then the sword".

  • Of Geologists, Paleontologists, And Science in the National Park System   6 years 37 weeks ago

    What's overlooked in abolishing the two palontology positions at DINO is the fact that these positions are then gone forever and the Service cannot restore them. And these are the very positions that allow the Monument to perform its core legislative responsibility which is to conserve and protect its fossil material. These are ,logically, the two positions that should be left standing after all other personnel are gone. Should Monument funding increase, it still could not perform its core resonsibility because it could not hire the people that perform that function. Farming out the care of this resource is an abrogation of the Monument's resposibility and undermines its reason for existence.
    Pete Reser

  • Would a Change in Gun Laws Be a Threat to National Park Bears?   6 years 38 weeks ago

    No Guns Should Be allowed in our national parks PLAIN AND SIMPLE NONE AT ALL.

  • Western National Parks Contaminated By Airborne Heavy Metals, Pesticides   6 years 38 weeks ago

    Snowbird06
    Rex: "Dr." is one small voice and sees $$ and job security by perpetuating the myth". Hardly, in fact "60 Minutes" did a special piece on his brilliant work at NASA and how the Bush Administration tried to stifle and delete his well documented research. Why? Is it because Dr. Jensen's work is consistent with sound facts (which is considered by most world climatologist as noteworthy). As I said before (and to Gerald) read throughly Dr. Jensen's complete works (don't cherry pick) and perhaps you may learn something...and then smell the coffee. Oh, yes and one less "carbon footprint" may also eliminate one less ignorant soul who leans against sound science...like Bush & Cheney!

  • Would a Change in Gun Laws Be a Threat to National Park Bears?   6 years 38 weeks ago

    That's simply not true. Two people were killed on the Hula Hula River a couple years ago, and they had a firearm. They were killed in their tent, by a bear that was likely food conditioned by litter at local fish camps. Statistically speaking, you are safer with pepper spray than gun.

  • Would a Change in Gun Laws Be a Threat to National Park Bears?   6 years 38 weeks ago

    Obviously you do not live here in Alaska. Thousands of people frequently come in close proximity with bears here, and there is no problem. I for one spend countless hours in the field with both wolves and bears. If you are that afraid, perhaps you should not be hunting, and certainly not in Alaska.

  • Western National Parks Contaminated By Airborne Heavy Metals, Pesticides   6 years 38 weeks ago

    Snowbird,
    "Dr." Jensen is one small voice and he sees $$ and job security by perpetuating the myth. Ya know, the less people on the planet equals one less "carbon footprint" and it will help to ease "global warming"....

  • Carrying Guns in the National Parks -- Is This Being Fast-Tracked?   6 years 38 weeks ago

    "Carrying Guns in the National Parks -- Is This Being Fast-Tracked?"

    Actually, this is a excellent example of how good the government is at dragging it's feet. This link will let you read the whole story. It also has additional links to other sources about this issue in case you would rather not take the NRA's word for it.

    http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Read.aspx?ID=3529

  • Western National Parks Contaminated By Airborne Heavy Metals, Pesticides   6 years 38 weeks ago

    Snowbird06
    Gerald, this is typical pro-industry spin of yours that matches Sen. Imhoff of Oklahoma's nonsense spiel how global warming is just small chatter....like yours! Are you still thinking like an ostrich with your head buried in a hole. Please read the extensive work written by Dr. Jensen of NASA and maybe this will help you get your facts straight. Yes, we have record snow and with record global heating which is sure to come this summer...and soon enough!

  • NPS Retirees Oppose Carrying Guns in National Parks   6 years 38 weeks ago

    If you don't want loaded guns in national parks, use the following link to send an e-mail saying so to your reps. in Washington.

    http://ga1.org/campaign/Coburn_Amendment?qp_source=adv%5fhme