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Pew Opposes Surge Pricing For Park Entrance Fees, Proposes Other Options

Dec 4th - 09:37am | ecbuck

Interesting proposals but only 4 & 5 would raise revenues and possibly control crowds. The other three would likely have the opposite effect.  

Dec 4th - 09:34am | J. Ewing

Here is the simple solution.  Take all the money we now spend "fighting climate change" and put it into the National Parks.  That solves BOTH problems. 

Climate Change Is Driving Changes In Wildflowers At Mount Rainier National Park

Dec 4th - 08:53am | ecbuck

Dead on mrmark.  No one is deniying climate changes.  It is man's contribution that is under debate. Gven that the predictions based on the theory of AGW have been so wrong, science would indicate so is that theory. 

Dec 4th - 00:49am | Alfred Runte

"outside the bounds of natural variability" I was taught by my fellow scientists that the "balance of nature" was dead meat. I guess not. In any event, I'm off to the Mojave Desert for a couple of days. Will I find it "outside the bounds of natural variability?" That all depends on what I expect to find.

Dec 4th - 00:12am | mrmark

I love when people manipulate other peoples words to make a political point.  Climate change is not a hoax.  Stating that climate change is man-made and that we can change it, that's a hoax.  Forcing the American taxpayer to pay other smaller nations not to pollute and call it a treaty that will save the planet from climate change, that's a hoax.  A president&

Dec 3rd - 18:50pm | John Lemons

Dear Mr. Runte:

Dec 3rd - 17:31pm | The Vegas Guy

You want to protect parks from  climate change?? FYI: many of the parks were created in large part, by climate change!!  Grand Canyon was carv3d in part by melting glacier.  Half Dome in Yosimite was caused by a moving glacier.  Word is that the glacier is gone. This change in plant cycles is not new to mother nature.

Dec 3rd - 15:09pm | Alfred Runte

pkrnger. Ah, yes. The word "denial" again. Can you "scientists" find no other word? How about dispute? I dispute your evidence. I don't deny it. You may indeed be right. That is what you "preachers" miss. You're in the tent, not in the laboratory. You're Elmer Gantry and not Albert Einstein.

Dec 3rd - 13:37pm | [email protected]

Here is an excellent paper on the relatively high consensus among published climatologists. It's from the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science I am sure their are many others.

Dec 3rd - 12:21pm | Alfred Runte

Okay, John. You want an example. How about Daniel Botkin, now the author of 14 books, including his latest, 25 MYTHS THAT ARE DESTROYING THE ENVIRONMENT, out last year from Rowman & Littlefield. Have you read it--or any of his other books--including POWERING THE FUTURE, which is about renewable energy? His son Jonathan works in the field, installing solar plants across the country.

Dec 3rd - 10:02am | [email protected]

Thank you John Lemons for the interesting post. I must agree. In any case, speaking of informative books on the issue of climate change, some readers may find "Private Empire" by Steve Coll interesting. Both a New York Times best seller and the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year.

Dec 3rd - 08:19am | ecbuck

What is dubious about the statistic that about "97 percent of scientists". Do you know where that number comes from?  If you do, you know why it is dubious. 

Dec 3rd - 05:14am | John Lemons

Mr. Runte: I confess I do not understand many of your posts, e.g., your last one here. Why do you place the word "scientists" in quotes? What is dubious about the statistic that about "97 percent of scientists"...[believe current climate change is anthropogenic?]

Dec 2nd - 14:23pm | Alfred Runte

Tomp2. A worthy analysis, and I am so glad to hear that "scientists" are less inclined to cite Al Gore. The Media most certainly cites him, however, along with that dubious statistic about "97 percent of scientists. . ." Books like The Water Will Come are also meant to stir the pot. When Rachel Carson published Silent Spring (1962), the cover of her book was not a pile of dead birds.

Dec 2nd - 07:56am | ecbuck

The words of the study's author: "We indicated 23 years ago -- in our 1994 Nature article -- that climate models had the atmosphere's sensitivity to CO2 much too high,"  "This recent paper bolsters that conclusion."

Dec 2nd - 02:29am | tomp2

2) ec: Your links were actually to two different news or opinion pieces about the study.  Here's the actual paper on temperature trends estimated from satellite data for you to read (linked from a source you would approve of, because the Journal site wants $40 for the pdf):  https://wattsupwi

Dec 2nd - 01:33am | tomp2

1) I agree with John Lemons comment: the post is about empirically observed shifts in phenology.  What's important and an advancement in our knowledge in that research is not that wildflowers are blooming earlier (which can mess up the timing of pollinators, but is well-established), but that different sets of wildflower species are responding differently.  Some have flowering time di

Dec 1st - 20:18pm | ecbuck

Over the past 250-300 years the earth's mean atmospheric temperature as risen about 1.1 degrees C due to human activities, mostly fossil fuels. The types of changes discussed in the article have occurred in response to the rise in temperature since about 1750 or so-again, mostly from fossil fuels.

Dec 1st - 19:50pm | John Lemons

I am somewhat bemused by the majority of comments posted about this article. The original article was mostly about ecological changes in the context of global climate change. Yet, almost no one focused his/her comments on what the article had to say or what, if anything, should be done about trying to protect parks from global climate change.

Dec 1st - 18:54pm | ecbuck

Toxie, perhaps you missed it.  The link wasn't to a study I conducted, it was to a study that scientists conducted and was published in a peer reveiwed journal that focuses on atmospheric sciences.  

Dec 1st - 18:20pm | Alfred Runte

And now a word from the other side. Drum roll, please!

Dec 1st - 18:18pm | Toxie

I don't know. You could listen to scientists about science or some guy who sells houses about science.

Dec 1st - 17:48pm | ecbuck

Yes Rick, you got played the fool again so you will run and hide. The study is the study, its conclusions have nothing to do with who reports them.    

Dec 1st - 17:22pm | Rick B.

Sorry everyone. In a moment of weakness I lost control and poked our local troll with a stick and woke him up. My apologies and I'll be going back to the real world now.

Dec 1st - 17:05pm | ecbuck

And they aren't the only ones reporting it. Do you believe Investors Business Daily "is filled with conspiracy nonsense and fringe right wing propaganda"?

Dec 1st - 16:45pm | ecbuck

And they aren't the only ones. Or do you want to claim Investors Business Daily "is filled with conspiracy nonsense and fringe right wing propaganda".  

Dec 1st - 16:42pm | ecbuck

Typical argalite and Rick B, don't like the facts try to blame the messenger.  Daily Caller didn't do the study.  An independent group of scientists commissioned by the US Department of Energy did the study.  Daily Caller merely reported on the results.  

Dec 1st - 15:59pm | Alfred Runte

So, Argalite and Rick B. What have both of YOU read that "settles it for sure?" And what do want your sources to "settle" in the first place? If all human knowledge has been "settled," what is there left to learn?

Dec 1st - 15:37pm | trailadvocate

Nothing more slanted than someone conjuring up the DNC, Leftist hatchet job of Dick Chaney and efforts toward his personal distruction.   Better clean your own nest, Rick.  Dark side actions of your presumed heros from Clinton(s) through Obama and everyone they seemed to have corrupted are becoming more clear and provanble.

Dec 1st - 14:47pm | Rick B.

Buck - do you have any more credible and less alanted sources? Daily Caller, fouinded by an aide to Dick Cheney, is filled with conspiracy nonsense and fringe right wing propaganda. If that's your alt3ernative to Faux lNews, that is like saying you switched from Navel Orange Juice to Valencia Orange Juice.

Dec 1st - 14:47pm | argalite

Daily Caller?  Oh that settles it for sure

Dec 1st - 08:08am | ecbuck

And apparently, not with ill effect. Once again the "settled science" models are proven wrong.   

Nov 29th - 18:16pm | ecbuck

I have hope for alternative fuels such as wind and solar, as these have the potential to power the world.   I have the same hope, meanwhile fossil fuels ARE powering the world and doing it much more efficiently.

Nov 29th - 14:49pm | argalite

I don't want anyone to fret.  Just kill the outdoor cats and keep jack russels as pets.  I read the population bomb when it came out. 

Nov 28th - 21:06pm | trailadvocate

Sorry about the duplicate.

Trump Action On National Monuments Will Spur Lawsuits

Dec 4th - 00:00am | mrmark

Its amazing how many people who one year ago could not even spell the word Constitution, are now legal scholars and know just what laws the president can use.  Where were you all when the last president was writing laws and changing laws with the use of a pen and phone?? 

Traveler's View: Bridges, Radios, And Budget Woes In The National Parks

Dec 3rd - 20:57pm | Harryb3570

I could not agree more with ecbuck I would only add that we have too many substandard parks

Dec 3rd - 18:10pm | ecbuck

The problem here isn't underfunding the parks, it is burdening the parks with maintenance responsiblities for assets that never should have been part of the NPS to begin with.   

Hurricanes, Recovery, And Resiliency In The Caribbean's National Parks

Dec 3rd - 06:42am | Rebecca Latson ...

It's good to finally hear about the condition of these sites and to know about the work being done to rescue and restore the Caribbean's national parks, monuments, preserves and historical sites.  This article is especially critical because sometimes, I think there is a case of "out of sight, out of mind," and especially so for the people who don't live near the sea and/or have never visited an

As A Federal Agent, Carter Niemeyer Killed Wolves For A Living

Dec 2nd - 18:37pm | Kurt Repanshek

Many thanks for pointing that out, Makuye. We've deleted the link.

Dec 2nd - 18:23pm | Makuye

The supposed link to wildlife art journal in actuality takes one to a german Sports betting site. I'm not sure who did the spoofing, but at thhat site there is NO reference whatsoever to Wilkinson/Niemeyer interview. Niemeyer personally opines that nonlethal controls are his preference, as wolves have been persecuted  for their natural niche.

Photography In The National Parks: An Armchair Photography Guide To Mount Rainier National Park – Part 2: The Stevens Canyon Road

Dec 1st - 23:44pm | Ken Bucy

Excellent work!  Perfect tips!  Hope to visit again some day with family this time.  

National Park Service Construction Projects To Be Delayed To Pay For Repairs To Arlington Memorial Bridge

Dec 1st - 19:03pm | ecbuck

Jerrilyn - 100% agreed.  This bridge (along with the GW and BW parkways) has no business being the responsibility of the NPS.

Dec 1st - 16:19pm | Jerrilyn

I'll bet very few drivers of those 68000 vehicles even realize that it's part of a national park. Make it a toll bridge and let all the bureaucrats that use it each day pay for it.

Conservation Groups Pan Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan Released By U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service

Dec 1st - 17:09pm | Jim Lobo

The last recovery team (2010-13) started with a conclusion and then tried to support it - that we needed 750 wolves and recovery should be in the US with no serious consideration of Mexico.  For some reason many people are quite comfortable saying that was good science, but never ask where that conclusion came from.  As in the Wizard of Oz, you don't was to peek behi

PEER, National Park Foundation At Odds Over Foundation's Spending Habits

Nov 30th - 18:51pm | Clark Griffiths

I am a great fan of the National Parks which in general are supported by the Federal Government and individual memberships. I have talked to Park Employees who in general seem to feel that this is adequate. However I have no idea of what the Govt. budget is to support the Parks is but I suspect that it is adequate.  

National Park Service Opts Not To Revise Dog Management Regs At Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Nov 30th - 00:17am | Lawrence Kobernus

It's complete b.s. that people want to let their dogs 'run free' in the parks, and there is no enforcment of this now. People have a right to hike or jog without being attacked by somebodies dog, because they will not put their dog on a leash. It's a public safety issue, and we shouldn't even be having this discussion. Let your dog run free in your backyard.

Interior Secretary Promises To Root Out Sexual Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying Across National Park Service

Nov 29th - 17:51pm | Angela Valdez

How about all the sexual harrassment that goes on with civilians on DOD bases? I am still waiting on my Eeo hearing. In fact I complained about it to ROB BISHOPS office in Utah last year. No help at is there a code word that NPS uses that can be paased on so we can get some attention on this same situation? 

C&O Canal Park Ranger Honored For Interpretation And Eduction Excellence

Nov 29th - 13:24pm | Harry Hunt

Congratulations, Ms. Lynch!

19th Century Military Saber Training Course At Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Nov 29th - 02:14am | Jeffrey Richardson

While those indeed are not the modern full weight trainers we prefer to use, and which the adults do use, they are indeed sabers.  They are modern non electrified sport sabers.    As for dueling swords...

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