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Sep 1st - 15:05pm | Joyce Line
Hell no! That would devistate the conyon !
Sep 1st - 11:53am | Roberta hoover
do not allow this......
Sep 1st - 11:14am | Saxon Holbrook
Having the good fortune to have floated through the Grand Canyon on the mighty Colorado for the first time last may, the mere thought of the project causes me to recoil in disgust and horror. This would be a tragedy and destroy an absolutely magical section of one of The Wonders of the World. Not just NO, but HELL NO!
Sep 1st - 06:05am | Kira Miller
This is an outrage. The grand Canyon should be left in its natural state not turned into a tourist destination mess.
Aug 31st - 20:22pm | Debra
No! Just no!!
Aug 31st - 14:54pm | Jeannie Walker
It breaks my heart that this is even being proposed. Stop!
Aug 31st - 13:20pm | Ottoman
Would Confluence Partners, LLC be for this if they were getting 8% and the Navajo Nation the remaining 92%? I think not.
Aug 31st - 09:25am | Mark Foster
After having flown over 1000 tours to the WeSt Rim, driven over a thousand people to the Reservation and down to peach Springs I have seen some of the "projects" they've come up with. I'm prettt sure this project was proposed to the Hualapai about the same time the Eagle Rock visitors center and observation deck was built. They turned it down do to concerns about damaging the Canyon wall.
Aug 30th - 18:46pm | Mike Shikany
"Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it.The Ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it." - Theodore Roosevelt "When a man despoils a work of art we call him a vandal. When a man despoils a work of nature we call him a developer". -Joseph Wood Krutch
Sep 1st - 15:00pm | ecbuck
starting with documenntation of his funding sources.
Sep 1st - 14:44pm | SmokiesBackpacker
Rick, sorry to disparage those of you with crumb catchers. Here is a graph of the NPS budget over the years. Can you imagine what this would balloon to if you included the donations from Friends groups and the like? Not to mention stimulus funds.
Sep 1st - 14:25pm | Rick B.
That's what the tin foil helmet contingent would have one believe. Those closer to the reality know about having to do with fewer staff, shorter budgets, plans unfunded. Two realities in this thread are that Bishop is grandstanding and that Smokies Backpacker has a mustache phobia.
Sep 1st - 13:09pm | SmokiesBackpacker
Mike, you may want to educate yourself about park budgets because they have steadily increased since 2000. But the NPS would have you believe otherwise. Even after consistent budgetary increases, they manufacture a "maintenance backlog" that goes from 4 to 6 to 12 BILLION dollars in just a matter of years. A little education goes a long way.
Sep 1st - 12:57pm | Mike Painter
It would be nice if Rep. Bishop were as concerned with increasing the budgets for the Park Service and the other land management agencies so they could do their jobs properly.
Sep 1st - 10:18am | Matt M
It's not that I question whether or not NPS could use some investigating, I just question whether Rob Bishop is capable of doing it.
Sep 1st - 02:26am | Rick B.
I would love to have Bishop testify under oath about congressional malfeasance, starting with documenntation of his funding sources.
Sep 1st - 13:05pm | Alfred Runte
So, Gary. Your national park begins off the road. Sorry, but mine begins at the gate. The boundary is the national park--not what a developer wants. Agreed. There are many geysers and waterfalls in the backcountry of Yellowstone, but the entirety of Yellowstone, not just the backcountry, was supposed to be the national park.
Aug 30th - 10:32am | David Crowl
Nice point Gary about there being many Geysers you could hike to like it was 1872. Maybe its ok to serve the windshield crowd that might include the elderly, crippled, handicapped etc... to be able to see some of the natural wonders like a geyser or a waterfall but still preserving the vast majority of the back country for those that would be able to venture.
Aug 29th - 12:19pm | Gary Wilson
I always love reading these articles - "If al runte was king this is how things should be" as he sits in his bunker in sealitter, and snipes the park service at every chance from a long distance...
Aug 28th - 14:40pm | ecbuck
Not at all Rick. The fact the "park" was state, or privately owned wouldn't change the visitors free will to enjoy as they wished.
Aug 28th - 14:16pm | Rick B.
The drive to prune the NPS would include, perforce, the conceit that one can define how others see the parks.
Sep 1st - 02:57am | Mike Cotton
It proves nothing of the sort, ridiculous comment.
Aug 31st - 19:17pm | Charles O. Slavens
3 AM.... I can empathise with anyone who might want toexperience the solitude and the beauty of such an etherial time of night. I'm sure that being at that locationwas an enthalling moment in the lives of all those present. Such an emotional experience must have filledthis young lady's mind when she took just one carelessstep.
Aug 31st - 18:38pm | Jim Mault
very sad. It proves the fact that nothing positive happens after midnight, whether in the mountains or city.
Aug 31st - 20:54pm | beachdumb
Its a criminal act that an ORV was being operated in the park after the new time restriction, no ORV access from 9pm to 7am. An NPS LEO usually ends thier patrol of beaches well after dark and I highly doubt it was them but possible. Mostly likely someone trying to break the new rules and drive on with headlights off and didn't see it. Here ORV means trucks/SUVs not "4 wheelers"/ATV.
Aug 31st - 09:01am | ecbuck
Rick, what accusation did I make? You said " feel free to point out the visible diffences between the recreationalists and the criminals." I asked (not accused) if you believed every four wheeler was a criminal. That is certainly what your statement suggests.
Aug 30th - 20:25pm | Rick B.
Another unbased accusation from the guy who lives under the bridge. Edited to add - you'll notice it was our friend dumb, above, who raised that term. But you don't have him on your Automatic Rejoinder list like you have Lee and I.
Aug 30th - 19:51pm | ecbuck
So Rick, anyone that rides a four wheeler is a criminal?
Aug 30th - 13:20pm | Rick B.
Unless and until you bring forward your evidence of an NPS LEO culprit, that will remain in the realm of your tin foil helmet conspiracies.
Aug 30th - 09:30am | beachdumb
It's entirely possible it could have been a NPS LEO as they are only ones driving vehicles I see on the beach at night. I wonder if they collected evidence of the tire tracks, if they didn't we'll have to wonder...
Aug 29th - 21:37pm | Rick B.
I'm certain, dumb, that the only reason the park closed an access point was specifically to hurt local businesses. As you say. Of COURSE, it was a criminal. When you and all y'all's four wheelin' cowboys get together for your morning coffee and grits, feel free to point out the visible diffences between the recreationalists and the criminals.
Aug 29th - 21:20pm | beachdumb
Ramp 32, known as Little Kinnakeet, was opened last year as part of the Park Service's commitment to increase beach access under the Seashore's ORV Management Plan
Aug 31st - 17:28pm | justinh
Thanks for the information, Michael. And for the ongoing work of RESTORE.
Aug 31st - 12:33pm | Michael Kellett
I want to correct some misconceptions by commenters.
Aug 31st - 09:32am | tahoma
I'm not very impressed by another NPS unit with snomobiles, hunting, and a development agenda. So much for that so-called 'gold-star' level of preservation. What next to appease the locals, trapping and wood gathering? This generous donation of land might have have been better directed to the adjacent and more-protected Baxter State Park.
Aug 31st - 09:03am | ecbuck
"now have another reason to return" Why do you have any more reason now than before?
Aug 31st - 08:02am | drew hanson
Thank you, President Obama, for following the will of the voters in Maine's Second Congressional District by designating this newest national monument and thank you, National Parks Traveler, for the fine reporting. You make me proud to be an American.
Aug 31st - 07:02am | Brucefl
I have seen all that without a NM or NP. And still in other areas that are not a NM can still see it.
Aug 28th - 22:59pm | Rick B.
I wouldn't try to argue with a literate spokesman like that.
Aug 28th - 19:59pm | Native Maine
The people her dont want this nice over reach of the governmet Thanks Obummer way to nopt listen to the people nice way to save swamp land and waste land . Hey want to save maine stop wind power from blasting off our mountains and killing the bats and raptors the filling of the wet lands the clear cuts help save Maine from the out of state wind bandits
Aug 28th - 15:23pm | Michael Kellett
EC, You are probably right that there will be more development in the future. That can be OK, or even a good thing if it is in the right place, such as in or around existing communities.
Aug 28th - 11:21am | ecbuck
My bet - the area will see far more development the next 50 years than the last.
Aug 28th - 11:10am | Acadia on my mind
Having spent much time in Maine's North Woods, both along the Appalachian Trail and in Baxter State Park, we are glad to see so much of it now federally protected, through the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
Aug 31st - 14:26pm | Linda Mullaney
Respect to the firefighters...be safe!
Aug 31st - 12:01pm | Michael Kellett
Time to put those lands back in Yosemite, which would provide better protection for park ecosystems. For example, a good portion of the Rim Fire lands that have been butchered by "salvage" logging by the U.S. Forest Service would have been protected in the original Yosemite. We also need to add other surrounding National Forest lands to protect them from resource extraction.
Aug 31st - 09:31am | Anonymous
Pretty laughable that Parks are "allowing dogs". Pictured Rocks in Michigan, you can have them at your campsite, but not on any trails or anywhere outside your campsite. That's effectively a ban without a ban. Who is going to sit at their campsite the whole day or otherwise leave their dogs in the kennel all day?
Aug 30th - 09:47am | Steve Nelson
I last visited the Washington Monument in 1973. I have been looking forward to seeing the "new" glass elevator so I can see the stones with the states' names. It looks like I will be waiting a while longer.
Aug 30th - 07:57am | John Terry
Well it depends. All citizens have a right to enjoy the memorial. If a group of Girl Scouts had made the trip from Washington State to Washington DC and went to the memorial to honor Jefferson and quietly discuss his contributions to America and some group of dancers were interfering with their right to enjoy the memorial then it is not OK.
Aug 29th - 09:07am | James
why would you be sharing a rappel device, when you don't have to, each climber should have had their own individual device.
Aug 28th - 20:57pm | asdadsfadf
Uhhhhh.....it reads in the article that the bear came out of a bush and ran toward the female hiker. If that were my GF you better beleive I would unload my rounds into the bear. stupid tree hugger