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Tram To Top Of Gateway Arch Will Close Until Spring For Upgrades

Nov 17th - 19:18pm | Megaera

I was sorry to miss the Museum of Westward Expansion when I was in St. Louis this summer, since it was closed, but I did get to see the Arch.  That said, I saw a tram car (set up in the old courthouse as part of the museum there), and you couldn't pay me ride in that thing.  Claustrophobia city!

Musings From Oregon Caves National Monument

Nov 17th - 15:58pm | Lee Dalton

Chalet, Chateau --- Too many Ch's to keep track of.  I missed it, too, Kurt.  No matter what you call 'em, they're both some classical buildings.  But I just realized that I used the words Chateau and Lodge in the same paragraph to refer to the same building.  The building is the lodging place for guests, but it is called the Chateau.  The Chalet is located just across

Nov 17th - 13:53pm | Kurt Repanshek

Good catch, Rich. We've corrected the caption. That was on us, not Lee.

Nov 17th - 13:37pm | richp

Oregon Caves ranks in the top 10 NPS units we've visited (out of about 200). Quite an accomplishment for one of the smaller, les granidose parks. We spent 2 nights in the Chateau, did the cave tour, hiked the trails and enjoyed the evening campfire with the few other guests in the chateau. I agree with Lee about the road up; it's no place for a large RV.

Nov 17th - 06:04am | [email protected]

Indeed,  Oregon Caves NM is a most curious landscape to visit in SW Oregon.  In addition It was Newton B. Drury of The Save The Redwoods League who recognized the ecological attributes between coastal redwoods and Port Orford Cedar.   Drury, former

Between Two Fires: A Fire History Of Contemporary America

Nov 17th - 15:55pm | Gary Wilson

Yeah, he's just a mindless land prostitute... not really someone to take seriously on any sort of scientific debate about ecology.  It definitely gets old on this forum, because he won't let the adults have an adult conversation, and he dumbs down the conversation CONSTANTLY.  I wish Kurt would change the forum software so that guys like him can be put on a block list.

Nov 17th - 15:16pm | ecbuck

Rick, it doesn't take a scientist to see the AGW predictions have been horribly wrong.

Nov 17th - 14:44pm | Owen Hoffman

It's amazing to me when reading the commentary on NPT that EC Buck keeps repeating the same old tired stuff, over and over again.  He keeps writing the same anti-global warming drivel, despite the overwhelming scientific consensus to the contrary.  

Nov 17th - 14:23pm | Rick B.

Eric, you are a salesman, not a scientist. Neil Tyson is a scientist. I'm going with what he says, and ignoring whatever your political fetish makes you say.

Nov 17th - 13:48pm | ecbuck

More predictions that are likely to end up like the previous ones, horribly wrong. Interest that you note the recent big fire activity - in a period where there has been no warming.  

Nov 17th - 13:20pm | [email protected]

As the world warms, we can expect more Intense WildfiresAmerica's early century  fires achieved 

Nov 17th - 12:21pm | Gary Wilson

He sure does struggle with reality.  Anyway, Rick, pretty much hit it.  Combine that with rainforests being carved out and turned into methane producing cattle pastures.

Nov 17th - 11:38am | Rick B.

Another significant factor in climate change since the 1950's being the post WWII proliferation of mass produced internal combustion engines.

Nov 17th - 10:43am | ecbuck

No "eh"  What happened before the 1950s?  Is the increased acreage solely due to drought or perhaps a policy of fire suppression played a role?  And are you the one that was telling us it was raining to much?  Perhaps it was too much rain that was the cause.  Can very well happen.

Nov 17th - 09:49am | Gary Wilson

EC, you really should just quit while you are so far behind.. Since the 1950s having a fire season where more than 7 million acres were burned did not occur at any sort of frequency, in fact it only happened once.  After 2000, it has happened 8 times over the last 16 years. http://wildland-fires.findthedata.com/

Nov 17th - 08:43am | ecbuck

Such poppycock you site: "The worst wildfire ever? Firefighters battle huge 30,000 acre blaze..."  

Nov 17th - 05:29am | [email protected]

To deny the role of climate change toward more intense droughts is to bury your head in the sand and not acknowledge the many recent incidents of very intense fire behavior.

Nov 16th - 20:14pm | Lee Dalton

NOAA data shows that as temperature patterns change worldwide, as arctic ice rapidly melts and allows waters in the Arctic Ocean to warm -- even ever so slightly -- airflow tracks around the Northern Hemisphere are profoundly affected.  Thus, we are experiencing drier "weather" in some places and wetter in others.  The recent extremely cold winters in the Northeast developed as a resu

Nov 16th - 19:54pm | Gary Wilson

You obviously don't understand my post, which i'm not suprised.  Secondly, M13 was posting a quote from a book, obviously.  Since around the mid 90s the trend is beginning to show an amplification in extreme fluctuations.  A large portion of Texas for example, went through a 5 year drought that was considered one of the worst in their history.

Nov 16th - 19:41pm | ecbuck

Oh, so M13 thinks AGW is causing drought and you think it is causing excessive rain.  But hey, the science is settled.  LOL

Nov 16th - 19:39pm | Gary Wilson

The amplification between extreme drought and extreme rainfalls (ie floods) is definitely occuring in this region too.  We've seen the driest year on record in 2007, the wettest year on record in 2013, and now the warmest period on record over the last 5 months, which will make 2016 be one of, if not the driest on record after december 31st comes and goes.

Nov 16th - 17:40pm | ecbuck

To deny the role of climate change toward more intense droughts is to bury your head in the sand.   No its awareness of the facts rather than making up data to support something you want to believe.  There haven't been "more intense droughts" .  If anything we have averaged on the wet side since the 1970s

Nov 16th - 12:08pm | [email protected]

Read Stephen Pyne's great books on America's Cultural Fire History: http://www.stephenpyne.com/works.htm The increasing numbers of humans living in forested landscapes means a greater fire incidence combined with dreadful droughts.  Humans are the primary ignition source

Nov 16th - 11:23am | Gary Wilson

I've been pulling a lot of data as well as filming quite a bit of the drought that has led to these fires that are occurring in the southeast.  This is definitely an interesting time.  I think years worth of fire suppression, combined with what seems to be a pattern of extreme climate varability where we fluctuate betwen warmest pattern on record to driest pattern on record all within

Nov 16th - 08:19am | ecbuck

I guess you didn't read the article, m13,  

Nov 16th - 02:32am | [email protected]

The New Normal of Climate Change and the Reality of Dreadful Droughts  

Photography In The National Parks: Focus On The Eyes, Focus On The Light

Nov 17th - 10:26am | mtgnppics

Thanks for another enlightening article.  I've gotten animals with lovely fur, but (in a hurry) not-quite-sharp eyes. 

Bridge And Boardwalk To Span Brooks River At Katmai National Park Gets Park Service Approval

Nov 16th - 22:29pm | Mike Fitz

This bridge was originally promoted as a means to help facilitate the move of Brooks Lodge and visitor facilities away from prime bear viewing habitat near the mouth of Brooks River. That was a main goal of the 1996 Brooks River Development Concept Plan (even though the 1996 plan rejected an option with a permanent, elevated bridge).

Nov 16th - 09:07am | snowchaser

Having been there a couple of times, I think this is exactly the right thing to do for the bears, the salmon, AND the people.  The new bridge will keep people away from the bears much better because it is high above the river and considerably longer than the old bank-to-bank bridge.  This prevents having to close the bridge while the bears are nearby, both so as not to disturb the bea

Nov 16th - 06:17am | Rebecca Latson ...

Hell, it's not about the wildlife, it's about the people, fer cryin' out loud. Right?  I sure hope that elevated bridge can withstand alot of weight, because not only will people be crowding the original viewing platform but they will be lining the elevated bridge cheek by jowl.

Why Preserve One Square Mile Of State Land Inside Grand Teton National Park?

Nov 16th - 20:23pm | n ziw

It's not Glacier Nat'l Park; it's Grand Tetons... you better read the article again.....

The Park Under the Bridge

Nov 16th - 16:16pm | F DeL

Many of the major bridges have forts under them. There's at least 5 to 10 under the New York City bridges.

Angels Landing In Zion National Park To Close Thursday For Cleaning

Nov 16th - 09:44am | tahoma

You haven't seen a National Park Service budget lately, I'll bet.Very few people have:http://www.schundler.net/Monocracy.pdfhttp://www.schundler.net/FOIAfailing.pdf

Nov 16th - 09:27am | Rocky Mountain Mike

You haven't seen a National Park Service budget lately, I'll bet.

Nov 15th - 20:35pm | Norman cote

The park should only be visited by people that are accompanied  by a guide.

Nov 15th - 18:15pm | Anonymous

This is terrible. I used to think people who go to national park are those who love and protect nature. I am wrong. Guess I will still see lots of things next week when I hike. I am going to pick up trash I see on my way. 

Nov 15th - 17:52pm | Lee Dalton

So because of some absolute slobs, NPS personnel must risk their lives to clean up after them.  Even though climbing is reasonably safe if you know what you're doing, there is still considerable risk on sandstone in a place like this. I hope they will be getting hazard pay.

Nov 15th - 16:49pm | Anonymous

Smh... bunch of kooks.

UPDATE: Men Pay More Than $52,000 For Cutting Down 400 Trees In Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Nov 16th - 09:00am | SmokiesBackpacker

You are close to being spot on, Lee. However, move up one level to the Senate.  And this proves it.    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1996-02-19/news/9602190118_1_blackber...

Nov 15th - 17:56pm | Lee Dalton

"Money talks in the NPS" Congress would probably be more accurate. I'll bet a hamburger that pressure came down from somewhere above the NPS.  

Nov 15th - 16:11pm | SmokiesBackpacker

Yet in Great Smoky Mtns NP a higbrow resort clear cuts a thousand trees, blazes their own trail system WITHIN park boundaries and is rewarded with a guiding concession in the park after the park had asked them to quit doing so.   Money talks in the NPS.  How much did this private resort pay in form of restitution?  ZERO.  Who went to jail?  No one.    

Three Days In Big Bend National Park

Nov 16th - 08:49am | Lee Dalton

Thank you, Dick.  I travel with my little portable motel -- a 16ft Casita trailer -- so I'm only concerned with very cold temps that might freeze pipes.  What concerns me most these days is whether or not I will need to try to reserve a campsite ahead of time or not.   Any intel on that?

Nov 16th - 08:22am | Courtney Lyons-...

Thanks for the article Rebecca!  It was nice seeing you when you were in the Park.  

Nov 15th - 22:54pm | Dick Shattuck

Lee,

Nov 15th - 17:49pm | Lee Dalton

How is Big Bend in January for camping?  I think I just decided that I really, really, really need to head in that direction after Christmas in Phoenix.

Nov 15th - 15:25pm | Dick Shattuck

"Of course, there are many other enjoyable diversions in Big Bend."   You hit the nail on the head. I go to Big Bend for 6-8 nights every couple of years (just got back at the end of last month) and I'm always making a list of things to do on the next trip as I'm driving home.   Definitely the underrated jewel of the system in my opinion.

Endangered Condors Get Boost With Plan For Release In Redwood National Park

Nov 16th - 02:47am | [email protected]

Historic Encounters with the Condor  

Nov 15th - 20:56pm | Lois Barber

I have wanted to visit the Redwood Forest since I was a little girl . I hope to in about two years when my husband retires. I also love my birds here in Michigan and wherever I travel .  I so look forward to seeing more of the good ole' USA!

Solar Panel Seen As Sustainable Power Solution For Great Smoky Mountains National Park Communications

Nov 15th - 19:38pm | Gary Wilson

So they sacrifice a 40 square foot space by sacrificing 10 trees (probably dead conifers anyway, since it's on mt sterling), and allow a transmission line right away to be removed and return back to it's natural state, which would return upwards of a thousands to five thousand trees depending on the species?  And that is seen as bad?  Come on...

Nov 15th - 19:22pm | Troy

Seems to me if the line itself is 13 acres of area, the solar array would take up less space overall.  Placing the array in the existing right-of-way probably wouldn't be sufficient either.

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