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  • National Parks Generate Billions In Economic Activity   5 weeks 4 days ago

    March 5, 2014 - 10:42am.

  • National Parks Generate Billions In Economic Activity   5 weeks 4 days ago

    Ducking? Are you making a personal threat? No matter if you or he or anyone else in an online discussion likes or dislikes me, my quality of life is not affected. Let's get back to talking about the parks.

  • National Parks Generate Billions In Economic Activity   5 weeks 4 days ago

    Sure is. And if Rod tells the truth, you better be ducking.

  • National Parks Generate Billions In Economic Activity   5 weeks 4 days ago

    [that's a soft lob over the net]

  • Burl Thieves Prompt Nighttime Road Closure At Redwood National And State Parks   5 weeks 4 days ago

    Well Lee you managed to totally misconstrue the argument again. What "locals" did anyone suggest the parks should be turned over to.

  • National Parks Generate Billions In Economic Activity   5 weeks 4 days ago

    Rod,

    Could you identify at what point this became a "political thread"?

  • Burl Thieves Prompt Nighttime Road Closure At Redwood National And State Parks   5 weeks 4 days ago

    And there are those who think our parks should be turned over to the wise, benevolent, and tender care of the locals . . . .

  • National Parks Generate Billions In Economic Activity   5 weeks 4 days ago

    Just when I'd concluded this had become yet another completely worthless, tiresome political thread, THANK YOU Rick B. for reminding us that we visit this site because it purports to be about... our NATIONAL PARKS!

  • Olympic National Park Invites Public To Discuss Wilderness Stewardship Plan   5 weeks 4 days ago

    Marmot, apologies for not seeing and replying earlier to your belated comment.

    Your understanding of the Wilderness Act seems to contradict the wording of the Act itself, which cites recreation, scenic and historic values as among the values defining Wilderness, and in Section 4 states designation as Wilderness "shall in no manner lower the standards evolved for the use or preservation" provided by the NPS Organic Act "for the use and enjoyment of the people" and by historic preservation laws.

    Your understanding of the legislative intent of Olympic Wilderness seems at direct odds with that of the sponsor of the 1988 Washington Parks Wilderness Act which designated it. Senator Dan Evans testified "designation of the park as wilderness by this act should not, in and of itself, be utilized as justification for removal of any of these structures from the park. Some of the structures may need to be removed for the purposes of environmental protection of the park. For others, repairs and stabilization may be warranted to insure the preservation of their historic integrity. Others may serve a substantial public purpose and should be retained for their benefits to public use." - 134 Cong. Rec. S16519 (daily ed. October 18, 1988) (statement of Sen. Evans).

    Your statement that Wilderness management "does not require public comment, like NEPA" is amazing, as Olympic National Park is currently conducting a Wilderness Stewardship Plan http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectId=29224 which is explicitly required by law!

    Your understanding of the intent of Wilderness seems at odds with that of The Wilderness Society, which endorses the Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Preservation Act. http://wilderness.org/sites/default/files/GML%20Factsheet_061913_FINAL.pdf

    There's a simple explanation for all these discrepancies, Marmot. You've failed to recall that America is a representative democracy. Wilderness exists due to acts passed with bipartisan support and based upon public consensus. Tear that apart with appeal to a "purist manifesto", and you destroy the very foundation upon which current and future Wildernesses are built.

  • Burl Thieves Prompt Nighttime Road Closure At Redwood National And State Parks   5 weeks 4 days ago

    Redwood NP is now over 45 years old and the local Orick logging culture residents
    have not changed their hateful attitudes toward the national park. The early 1968 RNP
    staff was frequently threatened and trees at Lady Bird Johnson Grove vandalized.
    Roosevelt Elk are another favorite target for this local poaching culture.
    Given these historic realities, one would have
    thought the park is now better protected. but the Law Enforcement ranger divisions of
    these state and national parks have not been very effective in preventing poaching
    during the daytime and much less so during the dark of night. Why have there been
    few late night and early morning patrols with backup rangers ? RNP's budget has
    been greater than many parks.

    The other road which should be regulated and closed at night is the historic Howland Hill Road through Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Even, RNP's environmental
    school facility has been vandalized.
    Why is the Obvious Not Obvious until someone points it out ?

    RNP.s Chief Rangers have been disappointing at this level of Leadership,
    so it is gratifying to learn that one Obvious positive step is being taken. Chainsaw
    noise and gunshots carry through the night, but if there is no one to listen, the poachers
    once again win, and they know it !

    At RNP, there have been few high level managers truly passionate about protecting
    old growth redwoods or even restoring second-growth stands to old-growth as the
    Founders of the North Group, Sierra Club among many others. Sadly these NPS personalities transfer to RNP for promotions and better pay-grade retirements,
    NOT BECAUSE they are passionate about actively managing and protecting old-growth coastal redwood forest fragments.

  • Star Struck In Capitol Reef National Park   5 weeks 5 days ago

    The magic of HDR

  • Star Struck In Capitol Reef National Park   5 weeks 5 days ago

    I'm perfectly willing to share . . . .

  • Star Struck In Capitol Reef National Park   5 weeks 5 days ago

    Lee stole my line.

  • National Parks Generate Billions In Economic Activity   5 weeks 5 days ago

    Lord knows, everyone confuses nations with "global capitalism".

  • National Parks Generate Billions In Economic Activity   5 weeks 5 days ago

    Agreed, Lee (and Rick). I'd add that these are values that can define the nation and distinguish it from both the state and global capitalism.

  • The Fire Lookouts of Mount Rainier National Park   5 weeks 5 days ago

    When I returned from Korea in 1970, manning one of these lookouts was my dream job; a dream never realized.

  • The Fire Lookouts of Mount Rainier National Park   5 weeks 5 days ago

    Additions and Corrections:

    Five lookout towers were built between 1932 and 1934. They were Shriner Peak, Tolmie, Gobbler's Knob, Mount Fremont, and Crystal Peak.
    Four of the five are still standing and in use as back country rangers stations. Crystal Peak was removed in the 1960s. Crystal Mountain was at one time a lookout post but didn't have a building. The Sunset Park Lookout was built in 1948.

  • National Parks Generate Billions In Economic Activity   5 weeks 5 days ago

    Reading Rick B's post from 1:14 on March 5 made me stop and think. There certainly are values -- often very valuable values -- that simply cannot be quantified in terms of dollars.

    Other than the cost of its real estate, does a church have any values that are quantifiable in dollars?

    Whether or not a person is religious, most agree that there is something inside each of us that, while not anything we can exactly define or measure, is there. Something we call "spirit" or "spiritual."

    Most people I know feel that whatever that thing that dwells deep inside our hearts and minds may be, and even though we can't put a price tag on it, it is still something very, very precious.

    To me, a park can be far more valuable in spirit than any amount of gold or silver could ever be. Gold and silver will soon be gone. But the memory of the feeling deep within me after having witnessed something that cannot be expressed monetarily, will be with me forever.

  • Yosemite National Park's Restored Cemetery Preserves Ties To The Park's Rich History   5 weeks 5 days ago

    Agree, was up in the Yosemite Park today to attend a public meeting on the completion of the MRP EIS. The meeting was fairly well attended and lasted less than two hours. Because of the "Traveler" post on the Pioneer Cemetery, walked over to see the completed project and must second all the comments above.

  • Which National Park Drives Are On Your 2014 Calendar?   5 weeks 6 days ago

    Thanks, Wulverine. Looks I'll go to Plan B.

  • Yosemite National Park's Restored Cemetery Preserves Ties To The Park's Rich History   5 weeks 6 days ago

    Thanks, Alfred.

    This restoration effort was a great project, and the story was an interesting one to research.

  • Yosemite National Park's Restored Cemetery Preserves Ties To The Park's Rich History   5 weeks 6 days ago

    A wonderful article, Jim. Thank you. You certainly brought back many memories of my four seasons in Yosemite Valley. As Owen Hoffman notes, the seasonal rangers used to lead walks through the cemetery; in the early 1980s, we did it at night with lanterns. We then interpreted the gravesites one by one, in effect, allowing the dead to speak. Visitors loved it and were deeply moved.

    Congratulations to everyone concerned on this restoration. This is what all of us want from the Park Service, the cooperating associations, and friends of the parks in general. When those folks deliver it without our asking, we know they are on the ball. Thank you. This project really does everyone proud.

  • Which National Park Drives Are On Your 2014 Calendar?   5 weeks 6 days ago

    We were in Chaco last summer. Stayed in Farmington for 3 nights and used it as base to go to Aztec Ruins, Ah-shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness, Chaco Culture, and Bisti Badlands. Ah-shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness was spectacular and my favorite place.

    To go to Chaco, we came south from Farmington onto US 550S and then followed the signs onto to Rd 7900 and 7950. Once you turn off 550 it gets really bad and this is the only way in.

  • Which National Park Drives Are On Your 2014 Calendar?   5 weeks 6 days ago

    Wulverine, which route did you take to Chaco? I want to head over there this summer, but my little single axle portable motel is very allergic to washboarded roads. I may have to park it somewhere and just visit Chaco with a tent.

  • Star Struck In Capitol Reef National Park   5 weeks 6 days ago

    wow!