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May 30th - 09:33am | Steve Corneliussen
Ditto what Diane Friese said.
May 30th - 09:22am | paul edwards
Public ownership preserves; private ownership destroys.
May 30th - 09:20am | Diane Friese
I have not already voted on this poll, but it is indicating that I did. Please check your software. I am in complete support of designating this land a National Monument in Maine. Northern Maine needs to diversify its livelihood and the rest of the world needs to visit and experience the beauty of the northern Maine woods.
May 30th - 08:42am | Gary Wilson
John, you have serious reading comprehension problems. Soufern' Forest Whine can use whatever unscientific measures they want, but that doesn't mean it's "proof" of anything, other than the delusions in your own mind. The park has been very crowded over the last few years.
May 30th - 06:27am | SmokiesBackpacker
The NPS pads numbers to make it look like visitation is increasing. Here is proof. http://www.smokymountainnews.com/outdoors/item/17708-a-strained-relation...
May 29th - 18:33pm | PaulAZ
have no doubt we'll see stories later this week about how crowded the Parks are on holiday weekends. What mechanism other than fees ought to be used to regulate the use of these places?
May 29th - 17:07pm | SmokiesBackpacker
Yes. We already own the NPS. Problem is, they want to own more of taxpayers hard earned money. That is the great entitlement mentality if ever there were one. But I can't live off my wife who works for the NPS so I suppose we have to function in the private sector and actually work away from the taxpayer dime.
May 29th - 13:28pm | Rick B.
Amazing and so predictable. Emotionally ripping one's own chest hair out in anger over a year old story.
May 29th - 12:37pm | Anonymous
We already paid for it. We own it.
May 29th - 11:20am | Anonymous
And yet again we see the Great American Entitlement Mentality on full display. "I want it! I demand it! But don't you DARE ask me to pay for it!"
May 29th - 05:50am | SmokiesBackpacker
The poor underfunded NPS. What a bunch of crybabies. With Jarvis at the helm let's charge, charge charge. taxpayer lands funded by taxpayer dollars and we need to charge taxpayers to use it. Mather would be rolling in his grave along with John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt. I believe that Americans are free to purchase whatever RV's they want.
May 28th - 16:48pm | Joe blow
and you probably come with a $40,000 vehicle $200 a night motels ect and think rangers work free? Bridges last forever? Roads? Rest areas? I hope they raise it to $100 and yes I am going there this summer
May 30th - 06:34am | SmokiesBackpacker
It's just proof that desk jockey bureaucrats like Jarvis get to stay in their positions while in the private sector he would have gotten greased for any one of his 10 scandals. Jewell needs to do right by the American people and send him back to burma shave. That would be a start in restoring integrity to the NPS.
May 30th - 06:32am | SmokiesBackpacker
The investigation also showed that Director Jarvis approached Eastern National with the idea, but that he had told Interior Secretary Sally Jewell that Eastern National had asked him to write the book.
May 29th - 21:02pm | Lee Dalton
Some perspective on Grand Canyon from a local newspaper. http://www.sunews.net/
May 29th - 10:31am | Thomas M. Callan
Yesterday, May28, 2016, on the McGraw Ranch Road into the Rocky Mountain National Park, I saw a canine in the middle of the afternoon which was way too large to be a coyote. It was 90-110 yards away stopping and moving up a hillside. I was headed into the park and he was on my left side, generally to the west of the road.
May 29th - 10:29am | Anonymous
One more for your list:
May 29th - 09:48am | Rob
May 28th - 11:54am | Donald E.Olsby
IN 1956 at BALLARD High School Mr. Lien was our Washington State history teacher. He was the best teacher I have ever had. He loved that park and because of him it thrives today.
May 28th - 09:08am | Rebecca Latson ...
Hi Amarillobymorning - Kurt keyed me into the conversation about the Armchair Photo Guides I've been writing. I'm so glad you enjoy them and have found them helpful. Thanks for your nice comments. Yes, I plan on having another guide (a Part 1) for Banff National Park coming out on June 7.
May 26th - 15:08pm | Amarillobymorning
Thanks for your reply. I like your site a lot because it has so much useful information and frequently is the only place where issues concerning our parks get much, if any, coverage. And I enjoy reading comments on those issues from all the different sides. Seems like this is one of the few forums where the comments are (almost always) civil and respectful of different viewpoints.
House Republicans Maneuvering To Drop ESA Protections For Wolves, Keep Disposable Water Bottles In Parks
May 28th - 08:27am | ecbuck
Plastic water bottles are NOT recyclable Well that certainly comes as a surprise to the millons of people that recycle their plastic bottles everyday. There is an Endagered Species Act for a reason Yes to protect "Endagered Species" not species that you happen to like but are deemed not endangered.
May 27th - 20:18pm | Patisu Lambert
Plastic water bottles are NOT recyclable and there is an Endagered Species Act for a reason. Ask a real biologist before you do something really stupid!
May 24th - 23:22pm | Rick B.
Follow the money.
May 28th - 07:11am | M. Newport
As a Veteran I find this to an affront to anyone who has served this Country in any compacity. The full weight of the Law should land on these criminals like a ton of bricks.
May 27th - 23:50pm | trailadvocate
Yes, Admin, you have redeemed yourself. I recognize this post :). Can't get more real amid all the virtual stuff that seems to preoccupy so many. The transformations that take place on a daily basis that happen to those that commit to the adventure just can not be described any more than people can try to describe what they see when they first look into it.
May 25th - 23:19pm | trailadvocate
Responding to an earlier negative posting (admin):
May 25th - 10:11am | Rob P
My wife and I rode mules in the GC 24 years ago and again recently with our 22 year old daughter, taking the full 2 day trip to Phantom Ranch. Both trips fantastic! Guides were great ans give thorough training and description of what you will encounter. Fear of heights? They offer an on the spot refund.
May 27th - 21:37pm | Vanity, not sel...
What exactly did this book accomplish? I don't think it paid for itself, much less raise money for the National Park Service. I wouldn't be surprised if I see it among the other cheap books on the remainder table. Did his misconduct save lives? Did it save resources? It shows a disturbing lack of respect for the rule of law.
May 27th - 20:09pm | Dee Yochuss No Shame
Hooray for Jarvis. Wish we had more like him in Government. This will certainly get his book more publicity that it otherwise had. "The only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about." "There is no such thing as bad publicity."
May 27th - 19:42pm | Joan
And now my money that I pay for this website with my tax dollars is used to silence me by needing authorization for me to exercise my first ammendment right of freedom of speech. America needs to go back to being a free republic, constitutional law and a representative government of and by the people! If you don't like this, move to north Korea! They treat their citizens just as oppresive.
May 27th - 19:37pm | Joan
Because not only do the American people OWN this land, not the government, but now we are being told what we can and can not do on our own land by hired help. Isn't it great to be an American in this day and age? Wonder what will be taken away from us errant school children next year?
May 27th - 17:43pm | kthor
Wow look at Nevada Falls!!! it's roaring
May 27th - 17:11pm | Rangerskip
This is an excellent article written by Deby Dixon. I agree that a lot of public education is needed for animal lovers and other misinformed visitors to realize that YP and other National Parks are not zoos, and the animals that live there should not be treated as pets.
May 27th - 03:43am | Katherine Marion
I thank you with all of my open heart for your very relevant and highly emotioanlly moving .. article. Bless you for your gifts. Very sad am i to hear of the demise of one of Mohter Natures .. own. This was not the most effective ways or means .. to take care of one of Gai's own beloved creatures.
May 26th - 06:31am | Tom P
there is no locatin certified to provide a quarantine for an animal that may carry bruciosis. Besides that, special formulas are needed, and for bison it would be in large quantities.
May 25th - 11:46am | Sarita Elman
Debi, your exceptional article about this event should be take as the 'be all and end all' about the laws of nature. We humans feel we can't stand by and watch an animal suffer, but we are not creatures of the wild. In nature, it is truly the survival of the fittest. Bringing a wild animal to a preserve does not always end happily.
May 24th - 21:54pm | Jane, New Zealand
Exactly. Give your wildlife room to roam outside the park as nature intended and stop bowing down to ranching. Also horrified that they are looking to delist grizzly bears so knuckle draggers can take pot shots at them. Leave the bison, bears and wolves alone.
May 27th - 15:43pm | A reader with g...
Great article Kim! One day I hope to visit a dude ranch! Sally
May 27th - 08:44am | Kurt Repanshek
Rebecca, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is working on a campaign to do some major restoration there. You can read about the campaign at the following page:http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2016/03/remaking-history-moses-h-co...
May 26th - 12:27pm | argalite
May 26th - 09:47am | John Diggby
May 26th - 03:26am | Melissa G
did they put a warning out side of the memorial if not how would anyone know what is and is not allowed there.
May 25th - 08:17am | Lee Dalton
hmmmm --- a very wise man wrote that "Foul language is the pitiful attempt of a feeble mind to express itself forcefully."
May 25th - 04:38am | amy
if they had of ignored them, it wouldnt have made a big deal. But by doing this, the police gave these people the crowd and audience they were seeking.
May 25th - 02:45am | Miguel
You obviously stunt l don't understand the definition of police state. Read the article before making stupid commentary.
May 25th - 00:21am | Lisa
Personally, I have never felt the urge to make a scene in public by conducting my private moments with the man I love in the open. There's a reason it's called a "private" life. They were groping and kissing and that's nowhere near as attractive as they think. While I didn't see children in the video, it's especially wrong where children are present.
May 25th - 22:12pm | michelle
May 25th - 11:49am | Tim Slack
An apt and accurate article. Venturing into the wild - whether for adventure, recreation or sport - necessarily entails risk, up to and including death. After years of one-, two- and three-week backpack trips into the Grand Canyon, life circumstances compelled me to make a more protracted experience in that canyon I loved so much.
Dwindling Numbers Of Schaus Swallowtail Butterfly In Biscayne National Park Lead To Collecting Decision
May 25th - 11:40am | valeria
im doing a power point for school on the Schaus swallowtail butterfly