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Jan 12th - 12:23pm | wild places
I share Lee's sentiment that the parks may be the least of our concerns but keeping my fingers crossed that that is not the case. As for Rebecca's comment on Trump voters not blaming him for anything. That is politics these days and would be true regardless of who was elected.
Jan 12th - 10:43am | Lee Dalton
Here's an interesting, and very alarming article from today's SLC Tribune regarding a GOP attempt to gut the civil service laws. http://www.sltrib.com/home/4811853-155/new-feds-could-be-fired-for
Jan 9th - 09:31am | Rick B.
Rebecca - so far you have been correct in this: "Lee Dalton - those people who voted for DJT will never blame him for anything - it will always be Obama's fault." Despite the contortions of his apologists.
Jan 9th - 08:30am | ecbuck
Lee Dalton - those people who voted for DJT will never blame him for anything - it will always be Obama's fault.
Jan 9th - 07:09am | Rebecca Latson ...
Lee Dalton - those people who voted for DJT will never blame him for anything - it will always be Obama's fault. If Trump can make a buck from it, he will, and that includes any sort of development within the national park system. I am usually an optimist, but not in this case. I think our national parks and national forests and monuments will suffer in the long run.
Jan 8th - 10:28am | Lee Dalton
A very important question that needs to be asked is this: How much of the gas and oil produced by Trump's energy "policy" will remain in the U.S. and how much will be shipped overseas to pump dollars into the pockets of the big oil companies and their stockholders?
Jan 12th - 10:07am | Gary Wilson
I really wish you would do some research, before spouting off your mouth, EC. Otherwise, you wouldn't look so consistently ignorant on this subject.. Never have I suggested that droughts were not a factor of previous climates, nor did they not occur. What I did say is that drought severity seems to be taking on an increasing trend, and on a global scale..
Jan 12th - 09:19am | ecbuck
More BS from Gary. One of the worst in 1200 years? Hardley, In fact the last century has been the wettest for california in the last 7,000 years. Drought is and has been a natural phenomenon that has occurred for millions of years and there is not evidence it is get more frequent or more severe.
Jan 12th - 07:17am | Gary Wilson
Thanks Ron, the parallels are eerily similar in the southern Appalachians as well. From the recent fire, certain forest types like Northern Hardwoods, that are not fire adapted and exist at the southern most extent of their range were incinerated in many areas.
Jan 11th - 22:37pm | rmackie
Gary, a huge issue. Both Dr. Pyne's book "Between two Fires" and Tom Ribe"s book. "Inferno by Committee" deal in depth with much of the history of forest management and what we can do restore forest health. Interestingly enough, the University of California at Berkeley did several transects on a 15,000 acre parcel on the northwest border of Yosemite in the Stanislaus National Forest.
Jan 11th - 20:47pm | Gary Wilson
Thanks Ron, I read an article recently that stated over 100 million trees have died in the forests of California from the latest 5 year drought that is estimated to be one of the worst in 1200 years. It's mindboggling to think of the reprucussions and changes to the forest this will have in the future.
Jan 11th - 11:25am | rmackie
Yes, very interesting situation. Particularly hard hit are the seven western Sierra foothill counties, 3000 feet to 7500. Cedars, Ponderosa and Sugar Pine chief mortality. Many oaks lost, but they and the Digger Pines seem to be holding their own now. All this rain and snow is helping. There is a top notch forester assigned to Yosemite, he is very well versed on the issue.
Jan 11th - 01:09am | Gary Wilson
All those dead trees! I take it the drought was not kind to Yosemite's forests...
Jan 10th - 20:44pm | rmackie
Yes Steve, things looking good so far, great job by NPS employees. The weather cooperated also. Still have rain in forecast for tonight and tomorrow, but snowline dropping. The waterfalls are spectacular.
Jan 10th - 20:00pm | Steve Nelson
Yosemite had horror-show flooding in 1997, I think. It's good that they avoided flooding this time. Also, if you want to see rockfalls, there is your national park.
Jan 9th - 20:23pm | Rick B.
Jan 12th - 08:32am | Cheryl Aughton
Interestingly, several Sisters of St. Francis, from the same community as St. Marianne Cope, still reside at the convent at Kalaupapa. They are committed to remaining on the island until the last patient leaves.
Jan 11th - 14:22pm | Rick B.
Understood, Lee. I spent a week on Molokai a couple of years ago but only got as far as the overlook, looking down on Kalaupapa. We chose Molokai for that trip specifically because of the lack of commercialization. Didn't stay in a hotel, but rather rented a cabin on a cattle ranch.
Jan 11th - 14:03pm | Lee Dalton
Fascinating. Ever since hearing the story of Barge Day (I think in a Traveler article a few years ago), I've wanted to learn more about this place with hopes of visiting some day. My efforts to learn more have proven difficult. So thank you, Danny, for taking the trip and reporting on it.
Jan 12th - 07:22am | Anonymous
Oh sure conduct the survey when the vast majority of NPS seasonal employees are laid off and don't have access to DOI email.
Jan 11th - 12:12pm | Rick B.
Marvelous images, and interesting stories behind them. Thank you.
Jan 10th - 19:35pm | ecbuck
Sorry Kbenzar, can't buy in to your paywall conspiracy. While reserved campsites might be the bane of the spontaneous traveler, it is the godsend for the traveler that likes to have a planned iternary. I lamented this past summer about Great Basin not taking reservations. With it being in the middle of nowhere, being refused at the gate was not an option. I didn't go.
Jan 10th - 17:57pm | KBenzar
Make no mistake. The ultimate objective of recreation.gov is to be a (the) paywall between the public and our public lands. Besides campground reservations they also control permits and lotteries for river trips and limited-access permits for wilderness (both big-W and little-w) in more and more places.
Jan 9th - 20:35pm | Kurt Repanshek
There's a reason coming in due time to the name change...
Jan 9th - 20:30pm | Mike Painter
That's how it's identified on the Canyonland NP website, regardless of how we old-timers know it. https://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/needles.htm Campground The Needles Campground Fee: $20 per night 26 sites available:
Jan 9th - 19:10pm | Nathan
I only have 10 days a year to visit the national parks which means showing up and finding no place to camp wastes a significant amount of my annual vacation. At such a remote location at it is even more helpful to know that you have a place to lay your head at the end of the day
Jan 9th - 17:56pm | Deshay
Makes me nostalgic for those simpler days when we could find a campsite in most any park without having to have a reservation. We have camped at Squaw Flat and been the only ones there. And makes me sad that future visitors now have to plan so far ahead. The spontaneity of a camping road trip is lost.
Jan 9th - 16:27pm | Mark at Campgro...
Thanks for doing your homework and properly identifying the Squaw Flat Campground. A number of other outlets are running the NPS announcement as is; incorrectly calling the campground "Needles Campground". http://www.campgroundviews.com/listing/squaw-flat-campground/
Jan 9th - 16:02pm | Sandi
This is a terrible decision. Camping and traveling should be a liberating, spontaneous experience. Deciding where to go next and how long to stay is one of the joys of road-tripping. Now, like in other National Parks, visitors will have to plan months ahead if they want to stay in the lovely "A" loop of Squaw Flats.
Jan 10th - 15:47pm | Kristin
Can't wait to visit!
Jan 9th - 20:28pm | Rick B.
Well, Mr Scott, that puts you and your opinion right in there with the other folks disputing science. Although your comments sounded kinda easy-peasy middle of the road, I'm afraid tbat waiting to protect the envieronment, among other things you're putting aside, the environment will suffer significantly.
Jan 9th - 18:48pm | James W Scott
I'm in agreement that locally produced monies should stay at the production level. Moreover, I'm of the opinion that NP should not jump to the current "fad of the Feds", be it being saviors to the environment to global warming. While there is science it seems driven by the popular 'experts' of the day without years of obvservation to lend credence to the summaries.
Jan 9th - 17:10pm | [email protected]
There doesn't seem to be any listing of the budget of Grand Canyon NP. Are these number secret, where does the entrance fee disposition show up? What part of the 3+Billion NPS budget go?
Jan 9th - 13:29pm | Springer Kaye
This is good news for Hawaii's unique plants and animals. Great decision. We wish you the best, HALE!
Jan 9th - 09:33am | CRAIG BOWMAN
Nicely put Sir. . . I too would like to see an 'outsider' put in charge of the National Parks. Let's see if we can find someone to be 'part of the solution, not part of the problem' AND that the directorship is not just some reward for supporting a candidate.. . . Hope is a good thing.
Jan 8th - 15:39pm | Alfred Runte
I'll be happy if the New York Giants survive the next three hours. . .
Jan 8th - 12:41pm | Lee Dalton
Oh. Thank you, Al. I was aware of all that fooferaw but didn't connect the phrase to it. Perhaps the entire world needs to take a knee of a slightly different kind. Drop to our knees and pray to survive the next four years. ;-}
Jan 8th - 11:59am | Alfred Runte
Here you go, Lee http://www.wbur.org/onlyagame/2016/09/16/mike-pesca-kaepernick-national-...
Jan 8th - 10:37am | MHornstein
Thank you Harry. This is what many of us have said in discussions amongst ourselves.
Jan 7th - 20:31pm | Lee Dalton
Alfred, por favor, will you explain to this poor addled old man what "take a knee" means? I must have missed out on that the day it was taught in the College of Hard Knocks.
Jan 7th - 16:29pm | Alfred Runte
About McFarland's proposal that the government take over in-park "services." Actually, the railroads were largely in favor of that, too. As they discovered, and reaffirmed repeatedly, the only profit was in their trains. Building lodges and hotels for little more than a 90-day season then set their profits back. The trains they already owned, and could shift to other markets as needed.
Jan 9th - 08:25am | Tom Waller
Tim, wonderful words. Do you live near Seattle or the PNW somewhere? I am working on a gathering in Michael's honor in early April to coincide with his widow's visit. It will either be in Bellingham, or Seattle area... Just thought I would ask. I really appreciate your beautiful description of Michael. Tom "walleye" Waller
Jan 8th - 15:32pm | Maintenance...T...
A Big, BIg, BIG, BIG...glad your gone, bigshot.
Jan 8th - 12:37pm | Ferd Berfel
That is one of the great hikes in Southern AZ!
Jan 8th - 09:17am | ecbuck
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Droughts_in_the_United_States#/media/File:... Check the chart - no discernable increase in either frequency or intensity. In fact the droughts of th 30s and 40s were worse.
Jan 8th - 04:15am | Gary Wilson
Actually, an increase in extreme rainfall is one of the effects of a warming climate. Many times over the last decade we have seen patterns of extreme drought bouncing to extreme rain on an amplified level as the climate continues to warm. Cyclical patterns seem to indicate this, and these sort of events are increasing as we pump a higher dosage of emissions into the atmosophere.
Jan 7th - 20:47pm | Kurt Repanshek
Thanks Lee. Proof of why we need to expand the Traveler's staff.
Jan 7th - 20:41pm | ecbuck
.just like some climate scientists have predicted And as everyone else has predicted. Has happened for millions of years before carbon fuels and will happen for millions of years after carbon fuels. Hay, I don't believe in AGW and predict the sun will come up tomorrow. If I am right about the sun, does that mean there is no AGW?
Jan 7th - 20:25pm | Lee Dalton
Mandatory evacuation order issued by Maricopa County Sheriff????? Maricopa County is Phoenix. Yosemite is Mariposa. I thought Yosemite was exclusive NPS jurisdiction. What's up?
Jan 7th - 19:34pm | Gary Wilson
Extreme drought to extreme deluges...just like some climate scientists have predicted. This has happened in many other areas of the country over the last decade, that it's a pattern worth noting.