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May 5th - 17:50pm | argalite
Why would I read some crappy article that begins with a statement about the administration saying the earth is warming? When an article begins like that, you know it is going to be a buch of beliefs, instead of a serious discussion of facts. What about the Union of Concerned Scientists? the UN? the rest of the world?
May 5th - 16:33pm | Alfred Runte
Well, I am not saying it, Argalite, and now it is time for you to wake up. Your president has no problem with killing eagles in the name of wind power. What kind of "science" is that? There are about 200,000 eagles in the continental United States and Alaska. Is that enough? Fifty years ago, when there were 4,000, everyone sat up and noticed. Why is no one noticing now?
May 5th - 15:55pm | argalite
I don't understand why someone would write such drivel, as if it is this administration that is saying the world is warming. It is the whole world that is saying it! Wake up!
May 4th - 23:09pm | Alfred Runte
Jut when you thought it couldn't get any worse. . . http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/04/new-administration-rule-would...
May 5th - 16:59pm | tahoma
If you were addressing me, ec, my answer would be that the idea more and more humans can use more and more resources without environmental consequences defies common sense and is the real 'pure hooey'. As they're fond of saying in AA, 'Denial ain't just a river in Eygpt'.
May 5th - 11:35am | ecbuck
When will you recognize that all these "potential over the decades" apocolypse stories are pure hooey. http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/05/04/476717308/after-10-years-an-...
May 5th - 10:15am | tahoma
It seems to me winter snow avalanches into the ice-free lake could have substantial mixing effects, as could occasional landslides and large rockfalls. All of these type events probably have complex feedback loops involving climate change.
May 5th - 16:39pm | Barbara Moritsch
Thank you for posting this great piece. Everyone needs to understand the severity of the poaching issue, and what we all stand to lose if it is not curbed.
May 5th - 15:11pm | ecbuck
Nice try Rich, the bureaucrats I am refering to are not the every day civil service employess, ie NPS Ranger, policeman, fireman, etc but the bureaucrats sitting behind their desks making up onerous and baseless rules and regs to push their agendas.
May 5th - 14:03pm | Rick Smith
"and have far too great an impact (mostly negative) on our daily lives." Thanks, ec, for your continuing support of civil service employees.
May 5th - 11:42am | ecbuck
And as for blaming problems on "bureaucrats," wouldn't it more accurate to place the blame where it probably really belongs, on politicians who tell the bureaucrats what they must do?
May 4th - 23:25pm | Alfred Runte
So, Rick. Exactly what forum do you have in mind? Yours? Meanwhile, a little more light reading for you in case you missed it on the thread for Soda Mountain. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/04/new-administration-rule-would...
May 4th - 18:42pm | Ray Bane
"And as for blaming problems on "bureaucrats," wouldn't it more accurate to place the blame where it probably really belongs, on politicians who tell the bureaucrats what they must do?" Lee.
May 4th - 18:41pm | Rick B.
Al ... I don't think this is the forum to re-fight and re-appeal and re-appeal your exit from academia.
May 4th - 18:09pm | Alfred Runte
We seem to have two parties that try to do "something" to "help" our fellow citizens. One tries to give them a hand up and the other tries to push them down. One stresses education and opportunities. The other claims those are undeserved handouts and tells us we all must pull ourselves up.
May 4th - 17:04pm | Lee Dalton
Right on, Rick. And as for blaming problems on "bureaucrats," wouldn't it more accurate to place the blame where it probably really belongs, on politicians who tell the bureaucrats what they must do?
May 4th - 16:40pm | Rick B.
Hold on, folks. There realistically is a middle ground. I scoffed at this thread initially, but the truth is that there are minority groups who are systematically discriminated against and abused by people acting under color of authority. If you take refugees from Myanmar or Pyongyang or even Ferguson, you can understand their fear of police uniforms.
May 4th - 14:30pm | M.H.
Cry me a river! My husband is a police officer in a major city. They HAVE to be visible for the public's sake. Only criminals are intimidated by uniforms, and if that's the case, keep them AWAY from the parks...PLEASE! Studies have shown that when law enforcement is visibly present whether by their uniforms or patrol cars, crime decreases. Argue with those facts!
May 4th - 11:26am | Alfred Runte
This is an important conversation, but again, totally misses the mark. Who is "advantaged" by constantly bringing up the issue that minorities are "disadvantaged?" Simply, who has made it their "career?"
May 4th - 10:50am | Lee Dalton
Sorry, Ray. I was reacting to a couple of the posts that seemed to be less than charitable. It frosts my tailfeathers to so frequently hear people around me who have never had to worry about much of anything demeaning others whose lives have been much less fortunate.
May 4th - 04:50am | wild places
It's time we put an end to all this garbage. Like others have said, if you're afraid of a law enforcement presence then I don't want you near me either. These are fringe groups taking advantage of weak willed leaders afraid to stand up to anything for fear of being called racist. These people seem to think the way to celebrate diversity is by eliminating it.
May 4th - 01:15am | Michelle
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May 3rd - 21:13pm | Ray Bane
"As I read the comments above I realized that probably not one of the commenters is from anything other than a WASP background," Lee Dalton.
May 3rd - 20:20pm | Lee Dalton
There are several short stories in this month's issue of AARP magazine about national parks. One of them particularly caught my eye. In Nature's Pied Piper, a woman of Native American descent tells of a program she is running that takes young people from inner cities to our parks.
May 3rd - 20:06pm | Ray Bane
I find it interesting that some (many?) find the NPS uniform intimidating. Park rangers, particularly those with law enforcemrnt responsibilities, do project a certain degree of authority - but there is no reason to interpret that as "negative" authority. It is - or should be - seen as protective of both the parks and the visitors.
May 3rd - 19:00pm | Stunned
This is ridiculous really, We can't afford to fund the needed repairs the parks need but these folks think we can afford or need this? There is something worng with the people pushing this tripe.
May 3rd - 18:29pm | Kurt Repanshek
Perhaps to lure more diverse audiences, we need to do a better job of explaining to all why the National Park System is a collection of exemplary places, rather than trying to mold the parks in such a way to suit a particular visitor.
May 3rd - 18:21pm | Green Thumb
I disagree. I believe there is a diversity problem in the park service, and I value diversity. I also believe serving the public trust means the park service needs to be relevant to a representative cross section of its citizenry.
May 3rd - 17:38pm | Bill
Clearly all the commenters here are not minorities as their statements indicate their ignorance of the oppersion many minorities (especially blacks and hispanics) are under. Don't think for a second that we don't live in a police state, we absolutely do.
May 3rd - 16:06pm | Steve E
It's incredible how far "political correctness" can go. Lack of diversity automatically triggers the response in some groups that their must be a problem. There is no problem and especially not because of National Park Ranger's dress or vehicles. Give me a break!!!
May 3rd - 15:24pm | Harry Diamond
The National Parks are small cities and need the visibility of those that are designated to help and protect within very busy areas and heave traffic conditions, wild animals, etc. I can't understand why anyone would feel threatened with this presence. If there are people that are threatened they should probably stay home.
May 3rd - 14:42pm | Alan B
There are children and adults in our wonderful country who have not eaten a meal today or are in need of medical care. I don't think they are concerned with the color of the park ranger vehicles or the appearance of the uniforms. Taxpayer dollars are a precious commodity and we must prioritize how and where that money is spent.
May 3rd - 13:30pm | Karl Scott
As usual the PC crowd wants changes. Are they willing to pay for them? ABSOLUTELY NOT. Don't be fooled by this. It is an attempt to extend power and control. That is what they are all about. On one hand it is all about diversity. Then it is all about the group they ID with. Are we united or diverse.
May 3rd - 12:41pm | Deb P.
People already ignore the rules of the parks and seeing how there really isn't any punishment for breaking them, the only alternative is to have someone dressed like an officer that just might do something if you do break the rules. To remove that deterent will only lead to more destruction and disrespect of the natural environment i.e.
May 3rd - 12:19pm | Rick B.
Hopefully we'll also be removing all girl scouts from the parks.
May 5th - 13:37pm | QT Luong
Here is an alternative review that Ian Shive has called "sold, fair and brilliant": http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/two-recent-national-parks-photography-...
May 4th - 20:31pm | Jim Burks
What a great tribute to the best of our best. As a nation we are fortunate to have such wonderful treasures...and we should treasure them. Happy 100th Birthday NPS.
May 3rd - 18:10pm | barb cohen
I have visited 31 of 58 national parks, and hope to finish before I die! Thanks for this tribute to the BEST IDEA in the USA!
May 4th - 00:47am | QT Luong
I agree with Matt's comment that his website makes it much easier to find the non-unigrid maps than nps.gov, plus it is indeed very nicely designed. Beverly, maybe they could be donated to a local school library ?
May 3rd - 22:15pm | Beverly
i have been collecting the NP maps & glossy covered booklets for decades. I have 3 full boxes in my garage. Do you have any ideas on what can be done with them on my death? I doubt that my boys will want to keep them.
May 3rd - 14:36pm | Matt Holly
I appreciate all the comments and for the great article, Scott! QT is right that the HFC site is great if your goal is to download large PDF files of the official NPS unigrid maps. My goal was to gather all the other different maps the NPS publishes for free (trails, shuttles, campgrounds, etc) as well.
May 3rd - 23:23pm | Nancy Egan
Totally agree Linda. I too left Yosemite Valley (May 2, 2016) feeling worried about the future of the valley. Inexcusable conditions, unprofessional and incompetant employees. I have sent a much more detailed reply to this article. It is in their review queue.
May 3rd - 23:08pm | Nancy Egan
On Monday, May 2 2016, I visited Yosemite Valley. I have visited and stayed in the park a number of times over the years. Spring time was a season I had not yet been able to enjoy until Monday. The waterfalls were spectacular. Yosemite is one of my favorite places in the world. I live in a community immersed in all things John Muir as it is his hometown, after moving from Scotland.
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May 3rd - 15:16pm | Tom Nichols
Actually, many wildfires can be beneficial to park ecosystems and will reduce hazardous amounts of fuels, mitigating future, more intense fires. The Superintendent and his staff should be applauded for implementing the federal fire policy as it was intended to be used, and not just pushing the easy button and hammering the fire, as many managers tend to do.
May 3rd - 14:39pm | Kellie Etherson
Wonderful news! I, too, last visited in 2011 when the Visitor's Center was a trailer. Congratulations on your new center and the new exhibits! Can't wait to revisit!
May 3rd - 14:21pm | Stephanie Jackson
I agree with banning air tours at ALL national parks. It is disruptive in so many ways! Add my name!!
May 3rd - 13:15pm | Anonymous
yep, add me too, & thanx, Cb
May 3rd - 13:01pm | Alfred Runte
Meanwhile, back at Soda Mountain. . . http://www.sbsun.com/opinion/20160426/the-dark-side-of-the-sun-x2014-sod...