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President Obama's Visit To Yosemite National Park Will Add To Crowds, Congestion

Jun 16th - 15:13pm | ecbuck

I don't necessarily disagree, Kurt. I am merely pointing out that there are those that use "inconvienced visitors" as a rational to ban a bike ride that causes an hour delay but, like you don't want to ban a Presidential visit even though its inconvience factor will be far greater.  That just tells me, "inconvience factor" isn't the real reason for their objection.  

Jun 16th - 13:52pm | Kurt Repanshek

I didn't say that. But why go to one of the most crowded national parks? Why not truly put Find Your Park into play and go to one that's not already jammed with visitors? Show some true love for other deserving units.

Jun 16th - 13:50pm | ecbuck

So you are up for banning Presidential visits to the parks?

Jun 16th - 12:33pm | Kurt Repanshek

EC, I'll voice concern. Not only for crowding at Zion and Yosemite, but throughout much of the National Park System. I was in Yellowstone on Sunday and folks were ignoring "no parking" signs along the Grand Loop Road and parking where they wanted, folks were swimming in the Firehole River despite no swimming signs, and Jenny Lake in Grand Teton was overloaded with visitors.

Jun 16th - 12:28pm | ecbuck

I agree Rick, but its funny that many of the voices that complain of a one hour delay in Zion don't seem to be concerned with the massive disruptions caused by a presidential visit at Carlsbad or Yosemite. Just shows how sincere their objections are.  

Jun 16th - 12:17pm | Rick B.

This is no different from any other President's visits at any other time to public sites. I believe that many of the same voices who would complain about this are the same voices who complain that he does not visit or highlight the parks enough.

Take A Closer Look At Proposed Ancient Forest National Park

Jun 16th - 13:11pm | Philip Kinzli

Beautiful video of this very special area !

Jun 16th - 11:21am | Lee Dalton

Anyone who stands to profit from destroying it.

Jun 16th - 10:15am | KJ

How could anyone be against this prize addition to our system?

New Research Shows Threats To Coral Reefs The World Over

Jun 16th - 12:35pm | Art Breaux

Would it be too "out of the box" to suggest that the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant Canal system be used to remove the offensive nutrients from the massive amounts of bay water and return the clean water to Biscayne Bay and aid in cleaning the reefs?  

Chinese Visitor Fined $1,000 For Going Off Boardwalk In Yellowstone National Park

Jun 16th - 11:58am | ecbuck

 I tell them and I tell them, but that is just not the way in China." Which is why we shouldn't fine the tour operator.

Jun 16th - 11:18am | Lee Dalton

Last fall, while I was visiting West Thumb, I found myself picking up scads of trash --- mostly Kleenex type stuff --- that was being freely deposited by a horde of Chinese off a tour bus.  I spoke to the tour leader, a Chinese gentleman.  He said, "Yes.  I am so embarrassed.  I tell them and I tell them, but that is just not the way in China."

Jun 16th - 09:37am | ecbuck

Laurie - no problem fining the individuals.  Fining the tour company for an act committed by someone else that they have no (or at least limited) control over goes too far.  It would be like fining a park ranger if someone broke a rule while he was on duty.

Jun 16th - 08:01am | LaurieGab

Hit them where it hurts, and they are likely not to do it again. Flat fine of $1,000 for ANY/ALL visitors who violate National Park policies + $10,000.00 fine against tour company, if visitor is part of a tour.

Jun 15th - 23:51pm | Tony

I agree with the fine, but I don't see this as a solution.  This is a fragile and precious area.  And just like fine works of art in museums are closely monitored at all times, so should Yellowstone features.

Jun 15th - 20:41pm | FredA

$1000 fine is not enough. Damage from clowns like this take 10's to 100's of years to recover. Make the fine $100,000 and 30-days community service. Advertise the stupid and selfish people mug shots on social media. PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BEHAVING LIKE THE RULES DON'T APPLY TO THEM.

Jun 15th - 19:28pm | Jon Barrett

Is this the year of exceptional idiots visiting Yellowstone?

Jun 15th - 19:25pm | Mary Jo Dias

in my five years working at Yellowstone, I witnessed visitors doing may dangerous things. The biggest one is violating the rule of staying back away from the animals. Bears, Bison, Elk, Pronghorn,etc are wild animals. You are visiting their home. I think that if an employee says " Please stay back," guests need to listen because we know. We live there. We have been taught.

Jun 15th - 18:16pm | Valerie Hess

I have spoken to Asian visitors who had food and drink on boardwalks clearly marked that they are prohibited. I think that if these people are on a tour, you also ought to fine the guide and/or tour company. Too many guides turn a blind eye to violations because they want a good tip at the end and don't care about what their tours do at each stop.

Jun 15th - 17:42pm | ljriley

Kudos to the visitor that was able to get enough evidence for the park service to find the violator. With modern obsession of people using smart phones to take selfies, and photos of the wonders of the park, it's hopeful a few conscientious people would also take photos of those violating these critical rules and tattle on them.

Jun 15th - 16:54pm | Carolyn Foster

He should be fined, he's describing the park, and putting himself as well as his potential rescuers in danger. 

Jun 15th - 16:06pm | Yvonne

its about time! I repeated caution visitors, foreign and domestic about the safety issues they are breaking. I do report violators. If everyone looked out for the park's well being, we wouldn't have so many stupid tourist incidents.  Prople, please protect the parks and human beings who are too stupid to take care of themselves. 

Jun 15th - 16:04pm | Betty Banks

YES!!! It's very ridiculous that it's come to that, but since so many people visit national parks and since too many these days think rules are just suggestions to be ignored, WHERE VERY IMPORTANT, like this case is, RULES NEED to be ENFORCED STRICTLY!!!

Plan Your Rocky Mountain National Park Vacation Wisely

Jun 16th - 09:40am | ecbuck

And why are those 2500 bike riders any less worthy of riding Trail Ridge Rd than anyone else?  Heck, I would think those that worship at the feet of the "climate change" god would far prefer the bikes to cars.  

Jun 16th - 08:04am | Lee Dalton

And don't get run over by any of the 2500 bicycles that will be clogging Trail Ridge Road for nine hours today in the Tour of the Rockies.

UPDATE: 'Creepytings' Vandal Pleads Guilty To Defacing Western National Parks

Jun 16th - 04:50am | Fred Fox

She's not done yet. She has a Restitution Hearing coming up at a later date. It's in the fifth paragraph.

Jun 14th - 21:11pm | jdog

what a bunch of bs. 100 years ago it was rock art and now its defacing. first world problem forsure. people are so controlled by the media and government its stupid. live with morals not restrictions. open your mind not your wallet. people that think this is vile or disgusting are the problem with the world. human error natures savior population birt control

Jun 14th - 14:51pm | Rick B.

FWIW, prosecutors and judges are restrained by the law and regulations. We can all fantasize about an ideal sentence for a particular malfeasant, but to do that you need to change the laws and regulations. If statutes say that Crime #XYZ is a misdemeanor, you will get no where agitating for a Class A felony level of punishment.  

Jun 14th - 13:57pm | KJ

What a moron!

Jun 14th - 12:40pm | Angela Bates

Dumb ass should have been fined the actual cost of restoration, and sentenced to a year in prison for each incident. Federal prosecutors and judges are pathetically weak. 

Lifetime "Senior" and "Access" Park Passes Now Available By Mail

Jun 15th - 22:17pm | Don Penney

consider putting the pictures in Onenote or Evernote so you have it everywhere. 

Yellowstone Campaign Urges Visitors To Carry Bear Repellant

Jun 15th - 20:38pm | George Merrill

I have been a back country guide in Yellowstone for a while now. We are so lucky to have Yellowstone as well as other National Parks so close and available to us. Ten minutes from the moment you leave your car you can be in a wild natural place that animals like bears and wolves thrive within. In africa you would be required to be accompanied by an armed gaurd.

Jun 15th - 18:05pm | Dave Smith

Yellowstone National Park, and all other agencies in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho that belong to the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, give people lousy information on how to carry bear spray, when to spray, and how to spray. Carry bear spray in hand. If a bear is close enough to spray, spray it!! Use two hands when spraying.

Fireside Read: Guidebook To American Values And Our National Parks

Jun 15th - 15:22pm | Alan Wasner

Sarah, thank you for bringing to light what very few people are aware of. The pervasive mismanagement of our National Parks starts at the top. The fact that Jarvis is still in his position and was only disciplined is telling. Mismanagement is rampant throughout the NPS. On June 14, 2016 when he appeared before Congress, the honorable Rep.

New Cooking Techniques With An Old Pot

Jun 15th - 12:09pm | Rick B.

Well, reading this first thing in the morning sure gave me an appetite for breakfast today!

Centennial Series | Will Future Generations Preserve The National Parks?

Jun 15th - 11:59am | ecbuck

 I voted for a Republican once. Sure, there are many Republicans that are as bad as the Democrats when it comes to spending.  But prove you haven't cost the economy $40 Billion.

Jun 15th - 11:18am | Lee Dalton

Actually, I've cost the economy more like $7.5 billion.  I voted for a Republican once.  

Jun 15th - 08:36am | ecbuck

Ron, where is the money?  On the printing press?  Borrowed from the Chinese?  $20 trillion in debt and you think we can just spend willly-nilly?

Jun 14th - 22:13pm | rmackie

Thank you Ward Luthi, and thanks for your service on the Presidential Commission. I agree with your post, protecting our natural, cultural and historic heritage needs a higher priority. The money is there, the political will is not. 

Jun 14th - 21:53pm | ecbuck

You can't win You have that part right.  By the way Rick, if the science is settled, why have all the predictions based on that science been so wrong?

Jun 14th - 21:13pm | Rick B.

B ack away, Lee. You can't win a piddling contest with a Cruz apologist.

Jun 14th - 21:03pm | ecbuck

by the way Lee-I think you have cost the economy $40 billion.  Prove I am wrong.

Jun 14th - 20:51pm | ecbuck

Let's see your proof that it's not. Ah, once again your "defense" is to ask for the proof of a negative.  The tactic of one who has no basis for his allegations.  But I will offer this.

Jun 14th - 20:14pm | Lee Dalton

"Fictional?" Let's see your proof that it's not.  

Jun 14th - 18:01pm | ecbuck

When a senator can shut down the government at a cost of more than $40 billion The government is $20 trillion dollars in debt and you are worried about some fictional $40 billion number?

Jun 14th - 15:19pm | Ward Luthi

Excellent article.  Thank you.  Having worked as a staff member for the President's Commission On Americans Outdoors in 1985-1986, it's sad to see the overcrowding and lack of funding for our National Parks.  The shortfalls in funding are not due to a lack of money, but to a lack of political will and understanding that our National Parks are National Treasures.

Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change

Jun 15th - 04:24am | Jake

The National Park Service and No Barriers Youth work together to promote awareness and action on climate change. The National Park Service Climate Change Response Program and No Barriers Youth partnership is a commitment to provide climate change learning opportunities for youth and educators nationwide. 

Catch Live Yellowstone National Park Webcasts, Live, Twice a Week

Jun 15th - 03:34am | Manuel

That is cool

Couple Wanted In Connection With Grand Canyon National Park Vandalism Located

Jun 14th - 12:47pm | Stephen Hawkins

Good Point LeeTwo weeks, transportation and expenses are on the convicted, litter cleanup and grafiti removal and a hot location. NPS has plenty of them

Oregon Man Just Wanted To "Dip His Toe" In A Yellowstone Hot Spring

Jun 14th - 12:46pm | Eric Traveler

No one ever said the human condition was without stupidity. We too traveled to a number of national parks (22) this past fall and it never ceased to amaze us the number of times we saw tourists engaged in stupid, if not life threatening, activities, especially around wildlife. People, it's called "wildlife" for a reason...respect it.

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