All Recent Comments
Apr 27th - 08:59am | ecbuck
Designations should be made in accordance with the requirements and original objectives of the Act and appropriately balance the protection of landmarks, structures, and objects against the appropriate use of Federal lands and the effects on surrounding lands and communities. Are there people here that don't believe that is appropriate?
Apr 27th - 05:44am | [email protected]
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Apr 26th - 19:57pm | [email protected]
INFLUENCE OF MORMONS LIKE ROB BISHOP IN THE GOP and WEALTHY KOCH BROTHERS http://www.politicususa.com/2016/02/26/mormon-republicans-continue-bundy...
Apr 26th - 21:50pm | C. Xavier
***'America's Best Idea' is now getting scrutinized by an administration that wants to rip it apart - limb by limb.. While the NPS remains embattled, this move by 45 is much more than a power play it's an attack on an agency that has a great workforce that love be stewards of our land(s).
Apr 26th - 15:01pm | Anonymous
Our I wonderful legacy of national monuments is in trouble. I wonder how many will survive to !2018
Apr 26th - 13:24pm | Eleanor Keller
Do you have a list of handicapped accessible parks in Florida?
Apr 26th - 11:00am | Teresa
Mine's Oct 29th....I am planning on going the end of Sept and give it a try! They should have made the cutoff date Dec 31st so all "new" 62 yr olds could get the same price!
Apr 25th - 15:45pm | Mike Lane
if you are disbaled you qualify for the Access Pass no reason to get a Senior Pass. Access Pass is free.
Apr 26th - 10:17am | Marilyn Bintz
I know where it is as we were there some years ago. Wonderful place to learn some little known history.
Apr 21st - 17:53pm | justinh
I'm willing to bet that right about now there are a lot of Traveler readers who are scratching their heads and asking, "Chamizal? What the heck is a Chamizal?" Count me among them. Nice piece, Lee.
Apr 26th - 07:12am | Robert Grosman
I spent the last 42 years traveling through 49 of the 50 states. I visited probably 95% of the national parks. Theodore Roosevelt N P, north and South units, were the last parks I visited this month. While I was aware of the oil drilling in the region I must say that it did not diminish my visit.
Apr 25th - 18:43pm | justinh
My favorite national park. Thanks for including the link to the NPCA.
Apr 25th - 21:53pm | SmokiesBackpacker
I"m going to go ahead and propose that this story gets voted one of the most important NPS stories of 2017 if nothing else solely due to it's anomalous nature.
Apr 24th - 20:59pm | Tennessee
You have set an excellent example for our nation's parks ! I pray that it spreads far and wide, including to our Great Smoky Mountains !
Apr 24th - 19:53pm | SmokiesBackpacker
Superintendent Elkowitz, Would you be interested in a job at Great Smoky mtns National Park. Our current guy is named Ca$h and that is all he cares about. The NPS needs guys like you. I vote you regional director.
Apr 25th - 18:12pm | Anonymous
"Tax the rich" Oh brother. How lame.
Apr 25th - 16:49pm | Carla White
It would have been helpful to give information in the article about how we can go about buying a Senior Lifetime Pass. Can it be done by mail or on-line?
Apr 25th - 12:12pm | June
I just purchased a lifetime Senior Pass Sunday, April 23, 2017. The park ranger asked for ID and if I was a US Citizen. She did not say specifically when the price would be going up but acknowledged it would be sometime this year. Get your pass while it is still $10!
Apr 25th - 11:00am | tomp2
Karen & Amy--
Apr 25th - 09:18am | Amy Harbison
I turn 62 May 31. Will I still be able to get the $10 pass?
Apr 25th - 06:58am | Karen Irvine
i won't be 62 until July. I have it on my iPhone calendar to buy one in my birthday. Will the rate change before then?
Apr 22nd - 20:31pm | Jalapeno Rojo
you have to be an American Citizen or be a permanent legal resident.
Apr 22nd - 13:11pm | Barb Law
I submitted appropriate paperwork in December but never received my pass!
Apr 20th - 12:59pm | Redvandan
Both Americans and Resident aliens, (immigrants), are eligible...
Apr 25th - 08:01am | Alec
Apr 24th - 14:54pm | RickyAZ
Monument designation at risk: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/330172-trump-executive-... Maybe try negotiating and legislating next time, but hey that's the old way of doing things....
Apr 24th - 09:16am | ecbuck
Maybe I have missed something here but what do the "boundaries" have to do with anything?
Apr 24th - 07:50am | WOrmont
The National Park Service's mission to help provide state and local parks and recreation began in the 1930's with the Recreation Demonstration Areas program. The NPS mission beyond national park boundaries is well established.
Apr 24th - 07:51am | ecbuck
Sounds like a great experience, expcept perhpas for the "weed-eating" ;)
Creature Feature: The Banana Slug is Living Proof that a Slimy Little Gastropod Mollusk Can be Loaded with Charisma
Apr 24th - 06:31am | Jenny
Hi all- I certainly appreciate your love and appreciation of nature, but before you "kiss a Banana Slug, or handle any lizards, salamanders, snakes, newts give it a second thought!! Here's why: imagine yourself living your life then suddenly a huge scary creature decides to pick you up, just for the fun of it, out of innocent curiosity.
Apr 23rd - 18:36pm | Tom hoppius
can't wait to get my application in.....
Apr 22nd - 16:34pm | tomp2
Many parks have opportunities for "weed warrior" volunteers. You don't have to be an expert at identification, and most recently introduced non-native weeds are helpfully located right along trails & trailheads & parking areas.
Apr 22nd - 15:39pm | [email protected]
Apr 21st - 18:25pm | Connie Caes
please bring in a psychic!
Apr 21st - 17:02pm | ecbuck
Actually, monetizing some parts will pay for preserving and protecting the others. Once again, the concepts aren't mutually exclusive.
Apr 21st - 15:30pm | RickyAZ
No one is denying a preservation and museum function but that is not all the NPS is for and if it can't be sustained monetarily it won't be in the long run. 331 million visits monetized at $30 (a fairly low figure) covers the entire maintenance backlog in 1 year! Lower the figure to $5 over 6 years (~2 Billion visitors!) and it is easily achievable.
Apr 21st - 14:45pm | Rick B.
'Everything'. Still waiting for a quote proving that generalization to be true rather than hyperbole.
Apr 21st - 13:04pm | RickyAZ
too true, sadly. Free is what you get in Venezuala
Apr 21st - 12:50pm | ecbuck
Ricky, they can't monetize it because many of the people here, and elsewhere, think everything should be free.
Apr 21st - 10:40am | RickyAZ
It goes to the hotels, gas, labour etc, not entirely (or even mostly) to the NPS. The intersting issue is how can the NPS fail to monetize 331 million visits to cover their needs (including maintenance). That gets to the heart of the management issue
Apr 21st - 08:46am | Tami
If $34.9 billion was generated by the National Park System, where does this money go. Maybe they need to evaluate the budget.
Apr 21st - 07:57am | Lee Dalton
I tried the other day to reserve a campsite in Zion's Watchman Campground and found the NO VACANCY sign is up until October 10 -- the end of the current reservation window.
Apr 21st - 07:06am | Ranger1
Sorry to disagree-but the very enabling act for the NPS gives us two roles-preservation and "providing for the enjoyment". While preservation should come first in the long run, because without preservation there will be no future enjoyment, saying that the "only" reason for the National Parks is preservation is flat out wrong.
Apr 20th - 23:02pm | Megaera
The national parks' reason for being is *not* as an economic engine. AAMOF, the economic draw of the parks is a bug, not a feature. The parks exist because those pieces of landscape deserve preservation. Period.
Apr 21st - 14:50pm | Kristina Radel
Thank you for the in-depth information on the relationship between the state and NPS. I too was getting confused when trying to reserve and get information for this place. Being redirected to the State when trying to get an NPS campsite was getting frustrating. I can't wait to check it out myself soon!
Apr 20th - 21:20pm | ecbuck
Yes, the AAF is considered right of center. But, according to you in the past, the aggregator counts more than the actual research source. But, as I have always said, the aggregator or the source is meaningless relative to the points actually made. And yes, if someone stops an annual expenditure of x for y years, they "have saved" x times y day one.
Apr 20th - 20:31pm | Rick B.
Firat two paragraphs: " President Trump has saved taxpayers more than $86 billion in regulatory costs during his first three months in the White House, according to a new study from a conservative group.
Apr 20th - 19:20pm | ecbuck
Not that it matters but the Hill is considered left of center. What matters is the facts, show us anything in the study that is incorrect.
Apr 20th - 17:46pm | Rick B.
But nothing from a middle of the road publication, or any article that examines the effects on the individuals affected? Of his proposed actions?
Apr 20th - 16:26pm | ecbuck
EC, I missed the memo. What has he done to save us tens or even hundreds of billions of dollars?? Yet another memo. http://thehill.com/regulation/329720-study-trump-has-eliminated-86b-in-regs