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Mittwoch, 1. November 2017, 17:15

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Horseshoe Bend Rim Railing Construction Beginning November 6

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Improvements at the rim of the Horseshoe Bend Overlook in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area will be starting November 6. Visitors are advised that while contractors are installing rim safety railing, half of the rim viewing area will be closed to visitor access until construction has been completed. Additional improvements include a trail to the rim that meets Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) standards for accessibility and blends with the natural environment, and two shade structures with benches along the new trail. One of the shade structures is being installed by the park and the other shade structure is being installed by the City of Page. A small, ABA accessible viewing area with safety railing will be available at the overlook rim.
According to Superintendent William Shott, “Glen Canyon National Recreation Area’s Horseshoe Bend Overlook has become an iconic destination area for tourists from all over the world, and visitation has increased significantly. We’re excited to work alongside our partners, the City of Page, to address the needed improvements.”
The completion dates for this phase of improvements are still to be determined and may be affected by weather. Construction is expected to take at least 90 days. The construction will not affect parking.
Construction of a viewing platform and rim railing will greatly increase visitor safety at the rim for families while also meeting accessibility standards. The rim railing will encompass a viewing area at the terminus of the trail. Though not recommended, visitors may always choose to take in the iconic view without the security of railing simply by walking along the canyon rim. The park thanks the public for their patience while these improvements in visitor services are completed.
Construction is being funded by visitor entrance fees to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, the City of Page, Arizona Parks and Trails, Coconino County, and Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas Guest Donation Program in collaboration with the Glen Canyon Natural History Association.

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Freitag, 3. November 2017, 18:04

Vandals Paint Sandstone Cliffs at Snow Canyon State Park

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TUtah State Parks officials are asking for the public's help to crack down on vandalism at a scenic park in the southwest corner of the state.
Snow Canyon State Park Manager Kristen Cornella says vandals recently sprayed paint on the sandstone cliffs in the White Rocks area of the canyon north of St. George.
She says the vandals had to hike several miles with the spray paint cans. She says the paint covering about 10 meters is difficult to remove and often requires the use of power tools that alter the natural rock features.
The white Navajo sandstone with hues ranging from creamy white to burnt orange is what remains from an ancient desert sand sea. The Anasazi Indians first inhabited the area about 1,800 years ago.

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Mittwoch, 15. November 2017, 17:25

Grand Staircase-Escalante monument will be pruned by half, Hatch official says

Trump to announce monument reductions next month, but official fears “pingpong effect” if future presidents restore the current boundaries.

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President Donald Trump will shrink the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by about half, to a size between 700,000 and 1.2 million acres, following the recommendation of his Interior secretary, according to a staffer for Sen. Orrin Hatch.
Ron Dean, Hatch’s central and eastern Utah director, revealed the potential magnitude of monument reductions Tuesday while fielding questions from the Utah Legislature’s Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands.
He also confirmed Bears Ears National Monument will be redrawn in the range of 100,000 to 300,000 acres when the president visits Utah early next month. It’s currently 1.35 million acres.
But Dean cautioned, absent changes to the Antiquities Act that rein in alleged abuses, any monument reduction could be fleeting since afuture president could reverse whatever action Trump takes.
“We are going to get a pingpong effect should the president lose and the wrong kind of occupant of the White House, who has a different view of what public lands in the West are all about, they could restore Grand Staircase and Bears Ears,” Dean said. “There is a substantial fear that, especially in Bears Ears’ case, it would be even be larger than originally called for by President Obama.
Trump’s action to reduce Utah’s two monuments will be based on recommendations by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, whom the president instructed to review 27 large monuments designated mostly by Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama under the Antiquities Act.
In a leaked memo, Zinke did not recommend revoking any monuments, but he did urge the president to reduce Grand Staircase, Bears Ears and two other Western national monuments. His specific recommendations, however, remain under wraps despite widespread calls for their release to the public.
“The fact that we’re learning as much about the president’s review fromSen. Hatch as we are from the White House shows that the realdecisions about these monuments are being made in secret,” said Chris Saeger, executive director of the Western Values Project.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Sen. Jani Iwamoto, D-Salt Lake City, said she makes a point of speaking with local residents and businesses whenever she visits Garfield and Kane counties. People often tell her they would prefer Grand Staircase remain in tact because the monument protects so many natural wonders that draw visitors.
“It has helped them greatly economically and their way of life,” Iwamoto said.
But Kane and Garfield county commissions see the monument as a drag on their economy and heritage and have implored the federal government to break it into a few small monuments, focused on places that truly warrant preservation instead of vast landscape sprawling from Skutumpah Terrace to Glen Canyon.
Dean said he has not seen Zinke’s proposed monument changes, but was confident the acreage ranges he provided are accurate.
“If [Trump’s] announcement is outside those parameters, my rumors are bad rumors,” said Dean, arguing that presidents have authority to adjust monument boundaries proclaimed by predecessors.
“There have been multiple instances of monuments being enlarged or shrunk, sometimes in substantial ways,” he said.
Dean’s report to state lawmakers is based on what Trump has told Hatch, one of the Senate’s most powerful members, whose support would help the president advance his legislative agenda regarding tax reform and financing a wall along the Mexican border.
Earlier this week, Zinke told The Salt Lake Tribune he counseled the president to severely reduce Bears Ears, but keep it bigger than Bryce Canyon and Arches national parks combined. That means at least 180,000 acres.
Zinke’s recommendations are expected to align with what state and local leaders requested for the two Utah monuments. For a reduced Bears Ears, Utah officials drew a 120,000-acre oval stretching from Bears Ears Buttes to the Butler Wash ruin and submitted the map to the Interior Department.
Proposals for a redrawn Grand Staircase were left to Kane County leaders. They presented their map while meeting with Zinke on May 10, during the secretary’s multi-day swing through Utah, according to County Attorney Robert Van Dyke. Yet the county has rejected The Tribune’s public records request for that and many other maps it prepared in its push to reduce the 1.9-million-acre monument Clinton proclaimed as he was running for re-election in 1996.
That map indicated two areas local officials believe would be appropriately protected as national monuments, according to Van Dyke’s presentation at the State Records Committee Nov. 9, where he tried to fend off The Tribune’s appeal. One would be the Escalante Canyons in Garfield County, and the other would be a slice of Kane County between Paria and Cottonwood washes.
Dubbed “Heart of the Monument” because the outline is shaped like a heart, this area is just south of Kodachrome Basin State Park and includes Hackberry Canyon, but leaves out numerous world-class hiking destinations as well as much of Kaiparowits Plateau, which holds abundant coal deposits.
The Record Committee found that the county had properly classified the maps as protected drafts, but ordered the one shown to Zinke and several other maps be released, concluding that disclosure served the public interest. The county has until Dec. 9 days to contemplate an appeal to district court.

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Freitag, 17. November 2017, 17:31

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Muir Woods to become first in national park system to require year-round vehicle reservations

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In an attempt to reduce traffic jams and overcrowding, Muir Woods National Monument will become the first national park unit in the United States to require reservations year-round for all vehicles to enter the park.
Managers of the Marin County preserve, famous for its towering redwood trees, announced Thursday that starting Jan. 16 everybody who plans to bring a car to Muir Woods will need to book a reservation online or by phone. Vehicles without reservations will be turned away at the gate.
The parking lot at Muir Woods has 232 spaces. Reservations will cost $8 per vehicle in addition to the $10 park entrance fee and will be taken starting Jan. 1 at gomuirwoods.com. After that, reservations can be booked 90 days in advance.
“Visitation has continued to increase,” said Darren Brown, a transportation planner with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which manages Muir Woods. “The problem is too many cars. It’s extremely crowded, and we can’t handle as many cars that end up going there.”
Last year, 1.1 million people visited Muir Woods, up 30 percent from the decade before. The new reservation system is expected to reduce that number to about 924,000, the National Park Service estimates.
The 554-acre forest, named for naturalist and Sierra Club founder John Muir, was preserved more than a century ago by Marin County Congressman William Kent, who purchased some of the land and donated it to the federal government. President Theodore Roosevelt declared it a national monument in 1908, and Kent went on to become a lead author of the bill that established the National Park Service in 1916.
The property has become wildly popular over the generations, however, receiving up to 6,000 visitors on some summer weekend days. Motorists have parked cars along the winding roads in the area, causing problems and harming the adjacent Redwood Creek, home to endangered coho salmon.
“Some weekends, we’ll have 250 or 300 cars parked down the road more than a mile from the monument,” Brown said. “People were walking in the road. It wasn’t safe.”
The park service will continue to let hikers and bicyclists into Muir Woods without a reservation. Disabled spots will require a reservation like the other parking spaces. The agency plans to post signs starting in January along Highway 101 and other local roads telling people they won’t be allowed into the park without a reservation.
And people who show up at the last minute hoping to make a reservation from the gate will be out of luck. There’s no cellphone service there.
The park service also will expand shuttle bus service, which now runs on summer weekends, to run every weekend beginning Jan. 16. Shuttle reservations are $3.
Environmentalists on Thursday were generally supportive of the overall plan.
“I can certainly count myself among those more than 1 million people who have experienced frustrations when attempting to visit and park my car,” said Kati Schmidt, a spokeswoman for the National Parks Conservation Association in San Francisco. “We support the reservation and shuttle solution.”
Attempts to put similar reservation systems for vehicles in place at other national parks have been met with opposition from local communities, who have worried that it would harm tourism.
Former Yosemite Superintendent B.J. Griffin drew waves of controversy in the mid-1990s when she began exploring the idea as a way to cut down on crowds in that park. She later dropped the idea.
This year, however, with annual visitation now up to 5 million people, Yosemite officials instituted a pilot program for four weekends in August at one parking lot near Yosemite Falls. In February, Haleakala National Park in Hawaii began requiring reservations for anyone wanting to drive a car to the summit of the mountain from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. to watch the fabled Maui sunrise.

Meanwhile, Zion and Arches national parks in Utah are also studying the idea.
The Muir Woods plan was discussed for several years. At first, the park service proposed building a new remote parking lot along the slopes of Mount Tamalpais, on the Panoramic Highway near Mill Valley. But neighbors vociferously fought that idea — and it was dropped. The park service also proposed building a shuttle bus station near Muir Woods at Muir Beach, but neighbors sued to stop that idea.
The reservation system grew out of a task force of neighbors, business groups, environmentalists and local leaders convened by Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael.
“There was some controversy when we began discussing it,” Brown said. “Certainly the communities on the approaches to Muir Woods are affected by it. Now everybody is pretty much in agreement.”

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Donnerstag, 23. November 2017, 17:11

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Chimney Rock State Park completely reopens Nov. 22

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After missing out on most of the fall foliage show from some of the best vantage points in the Hickory Nut Gorge, visitors to Chimney Rock State Park will get to view the panoramas Thanksgiving weekend.
The upper portion of Chimney Rock, which includes access to the park’s iconic Chimney, Outcroppings trail, Exclamation Point trail, and the Skyline Trail opened the morning of Nov. 22 to the public
The entire park was closed after a heavy rain Oct. 23 brought down the retaining wall in the upper parking lot. The park in Rutherford County 25 miles southeast of Asheville is more than 100 years old.
The lower portion of the park, including access to the Great Woodland Adventure trail, the Four Seasons trail and a portion of the Hickory Nut Falls trail was accessible to guests a couple of weeks ago.
State Park, Department of Transportation and contractors have been working on the park’s upper parking lot to remove debris and stabilize the area.
The elevator is still out of service, so access to the top of Chimney Rock requires hiking the Outcroppings trail. Pets are welcome as long as they are leashed.
Things continue to be on the move in the park.
Crevice Pass, which serves as an alternative route to the Outcroppings Trail opened in May. In September, an expanded deck near Gneiss Cave, which provides additional space for programs and picnickers, and the new Skyline trail that leads hikers to a view of the upper cascades of Hickory Nut Falls and Hickory Nut Gorge were opened.

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Freitag, 1. Dezember 2017, 16:49

When Trump guts two Utah national monuments next week, he'll trigger a new conservation war

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I wrote my first letter pleading for preservation of Utah's Kaiparowits Plateau as a college student 45 years ago. When President Clinton proclaimed Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in 1996, he ended a 30-year debate about whether we should strip-mine coal on the Kaiparowits, a vast and remote wildland offering rich resources for scientific research. I thought the plateau, one of three key landscapes protected by the monument, was safe.
Turns out the monument's canyons, plateaus and riversheds still need defending.
President Trump plans to head for Utah on Monday to wreak destruction on public lands he knows nothing about. He’s doing so at the behest of Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, whose office says the president will follow Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to reduce Bears Ears National Monument by 85% and Grand Staircase-Escalante by half.
The attack on Bears Ears has been getting the most media coverage because it’s new — proclaimed by President Obama in 2016 in response to a visionary proposal from five Southwestern tribes, our first national monument dedicated to Native culture. Trump cares nothing for this bow of respect to the first Americans. He’s eager to join Hatch’s assault on Bears Ears so he can nullify one more Obama accomplishment.
Grand Staircase was as revolutionary in its way as Bears Ears. Rather than transferring jurisdiction of 1.9 million acres of public land to the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management retained authority even after the monument proclamation. This allowed for sport hunting, prohibited in national parks, and challenged the BLM to move beyond its reputation as the "Bureau of Livestock and Mining," toward an emphasis on managing legacy lands for recreation and habitat conservation.
Grand Staircase-Escalante came first. Twenty-six BLM national monuments in ten Western states followed, the foundation for the bureau's National Landscape Conservation System, codified by Congress in 2009 to "conserve, protect and restore these nationally significant landscapes that have outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values."
Since designation, Grand Staircase has become a paleontology hot spot, the only place in North America where we can study in detail the causes of dinosaur extinction. New dinosaur species turn up there regularly — and paleontologists have surveyed only 6% of the monument. Thousands of fossils come from the Kaiparowits, the very place the Utah delegation imagines transforming from national monument to coal mine.
Our "science monument" also turns out to be good for local business. Hunting, fishing and existing mining claims continue; 95% of the monument is grazed by livestock just as it was before monument designation. Gateway communities such as Kanab, Escalante and Boulder have seen increases in population, jobs, personal income and per capita income that mirror other Western counties with protected lands.
Trump has no justification to gut this preserve other than to placate an angry and powerful Utah senator and the Utah congressional delegation — all of whom oppose public ownership of Western lands. Indeed, the White House informally referred to the executive order that empowered Zinke to shrink the monuments as the "Hatch E.O."
The senator and his cohorts defer to Utah's rural county commissioners, whose resentment of federal management of nearby public lands blinds them to any monument benefits. Their outsize power is shocking. Kane and Garfield, the two counties that make up Grand Staircase, number just 7,334 and 5,009 residents, respectively.
Geographic proximity leads many of the locals to believe they own these public lands. They do not. Their rallying cry to "take back" the monument rings hollow; public lands within Grand Staircase have never been state or locally owned.
Utah's politicians do have one legitimate gripe: Clinton didn't consult them before proclaiming Grand Staircase a national monument.
Federal officials learned their lesson. The designation process for virtually every new monument since - including Bears Ears - has incorporated multiple public hearings and broad local input.
In 1998, Congress effectively recognized the legality of Grand Staircase-Escalante with legislation that clarified Clinton's proclamation. The state gave up its land within the monument and acquired BLM land (often developable or valuable for fossil fuels) elsewhere in Utah along with $50 million in cash. Congress approved minor boundary adjustments and a $14-million federal buyout of the Andalex Corp.'s coal leases on the Kaiparowits.
Hatch, Zinke and the rest ignore this history. They ignore science. They ignore the impossibility of mining coal profitably on the remote Kaiparowits. They ignore the 2.8 million citizens who told Zinke last summer to leave our monuments intact. They ignore the monument's 900,000 annual visitors, stunned by sculptured slickrock and bedazzled by the Milky Way alight in the darkest of night skies. The senator and the secretary cater only to a stubborn handful of rural Utahns.
The administration's attack on national monuments has fired up a national coalition of public lands and Native American rights defenders. If Trump carries through with this political favor to Hatch, he will disrupt management on the ground and trigger a years-long taxpayer funded court battle the anti-monument folks will likely lose. Legal scholars favor Clinton, Obama and nearly every other president since Teddy Roosevelt who have wielded their executive authority under the 1906 Antiquities Act to proclaim national monuments, not to eviscerate them.
Those who dream of more mining, more roads fragmenting wild country and more local control on Utah's public lands will instead endanger both the resources of our national treasures and the economic stability of southern Utah's families and communities.

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Montag, 4. Dezember 2017, 22:23

Grand Staircase Escalante wird verkleinert

:cursing: warum macht man sowas ?(
Da kann man gespannt sein welche Naturschönheiten da komplett auseinander gerupft werden. ;-(
Ich könnte (:klopp1:)
https://www.google.de/amp/www.sueddeutsc…h-1.3778499!amp

Ich habe es mal hierhin verschoben, hatte Otto ja schon berichtet. LG Kerstin

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Freitag, 8. Dezember 2017, 16:43

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Today marks 70th anniversary of Everglades National Park

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Today marks the seventieth anniversary of Everglades National Park in South Florida, the third largest national park in the lower United States.
According to the National Park Service, On Dec. 6, 1947, President Harry S. Truman traveled to Everglades City to dedicate Everglades National Park as the first national park set aside for its biologic uniqueness.

The event represented the culmination of over a 20-year effort to create the park and was attended by 4,000 people. Those present included well known names in Florida including John D. Pennekamp, Sen. Claude Pepper, Sen. Spessard Holland, Gov. Millard Caldwell and Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
Before 1947, when Stoneman Douglas named The Everglades a "river of grass" in her book The Everglades: River of Grass most people considered the area worthless. She brought the world's attention to the need to preserve the Everglades.
Everglades National Park encompasses a million and a half acres between Miami, Key Largo and Naples.

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Freitag, 15. Dezember 2017, 19:05

National Parks cut free admission days to Grand Canyon, other parks

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If you're planning a Grand Canyon trip in 2018 and want to do it on a budget, you might have fewer opportunities than you had in 2017.
The National Park Service on Tuesday announced that national parks, including the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona and Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona, will offer free admission on four days in 2018.
The 2018 free admission days will be Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 15), the first day of National Park Week (April 21), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 22) and Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the NPS announced on its website.
In 2017, free admission was offered on 10 different days, including on Presidents Day, the National Park Service's birthday (Aug. 25), and the weekends surrounding National Park Week and Veterans Day.
Federal officials offered 16 free admission days in 2016, which included all days during National Park Week and a four-day period to celebrate the National Park Service's birthday.

The Center for Western Priorities, a conservation and advocacy organization, released a statement saying the change could make national parks inaccessible for many families.
"Not everyone can book a helicopter or charter a boat when they want to visit our national parks," Advocacy Director Jesse Prentice-Dunn said. "America's parks must remain affordable for working families."
The decrease of free admission deals comes after the Park Service said it was considering raising vehicle entry fees at 17 busy parks mainly in the West, including Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Zion.
The proposal would raise the cost from $25 or $30 per week to $70.
The agency estimates the increase would generate an additional $70 million to help address backlogged maintenance and infrastructure projects. Opponents, including attorneys general from 10 states, say the higher costs could turn away visitors and might not raise that much money.
The Park Service didn't explain why it was cutting back on free days. An Interior Department spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
"The days that we designate as fee-free for national parks mark opportunities for the public to participate in service projects, enjoy ranger-led programs, or just spend time with family and friends exploring these diverse and special places," National Park Service Deputy Director Michael T. Reynolds said in a statement.

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Montag, 18. Dezember 2017, 19:13

Shark Valley is finally open after Irma — and the gators didn’t miss you much

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Everglades National Park reopened Shark Valley on Saturday, much to the delight of cyclists who have made the park a popular attraction for decades.
Shark Valley had been closed for three months since Hurricane Irma flooded the 15-mile loop road, which draws bicyclists, walkers and tram riders. The park also serves as home to alligators, otters, fish, turtles and birds. A wetter than normal season made water rise thigh-high in the parking lots, said Everglades National Park ranger Kimberly Oppen.

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Mittwoch, 20. Dezember 2017, 18:35

Arizona’s national monuments spared, for now

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Four national monuments in Arizona under review for elimination or boundary changes by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke did not make the recommended list to President Donald Trump. They are safe for now.
Trump asked Zinke to review all land 100,000 acres or larger that have been designated a national monument since 1996, and those designated “without adequate public consultation.” Zinke’s Department of the Interior Final Report was released Dec. 5.

Escaping any modifications, the four national monuments in Arizona up for review will remain as they are for now. They are the Grand Canyon-Parashant, Ironwood Forest, Vermilion Cliffs, and Sonoran Desert national monuments. All are managed by the Bureau of Land Management. None are in Yavapai County.
Trump did, however, change boundaries and management at four monuments in other states earlier this month: Bears Ears and Grand Staircase in Utah, Cascade-Siskiyou in Oregon, and Gold Butte in Nevada. Trump’s actions decreased the size of Bears Ears NM by nearly 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante NM by about 45 percent.
Rallies opposing Trump’s action took place across the country, including the Prescott area where about 100 people showed up on Saturday, Dec. 9, to make their feelings known. Participants included members from the Sierra Club, Prescott Indivisible Environmental Team, Interfaith Power and Light, Great Old Broads for Wilderness and the Center for Biological Diversity.
The day following Trump’s decision, several Native American tribes (Hopi, Zuni, Ute Indian tribes, and Navajo Nation) filed suit alleging violation of the Constitution and the Antiquities Act of 1906 regarding Bears Ears.
Zinke recommends prioritizing public access for what remains of Bears Ears NM. “The management plan should be developed to continue to protect objects and prioritize public access; infrastructure upgrades, repair, and maintenance; traditional use; tribal cultural use; and hunting and fishing rights,” the report states.
Without identifying who the stakeholders are, the report continued, “The DOI heard from many stakeholders that its management plans associated with monuments are restrictive and difficult to navigate.”
He recommended that Trump ask Congress to legislate tribal co-management authority and to examine more appropriate public land-use designations. “Further, as discussed above, a number of current national monuments were created with inadequate consultation with the state, local, and tribal governments and communities most affected. This has resulted, in many cases, in national monuments that restrict the use of far too much land.”
The Center for Western Priorities, a watchdog group focused on national parks, monuments, public lands, and energy in the American West, posted an article outlining errors and misleading statements in Zinke’s report. Included is this claim about the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico:
“CLAIM: ‘I [Zinke] heard from local stakeholders that a lack of access to roads due to monument restrictions has left many grazing permittees choosing not to renew permits.’ (page 17).
“VERDICT: False. The Albuquerque Journal looked into this claim and reported, ‘Ranchers who oppose the monument designation can’t cite any roads that have been shut down in the expansive national monument.’ The Northern New Mexico Stockmen’s Association, which opposes the monument, said it ‘had heard’ of ranchers not renewing grazing permits, but has not provided any evidence of a single rancher not renewing, much less ‘many grazing permittees’ as the Zinke report claims.”
The four Arizona monuments considered for action escaped Zinke’s recommendations, but that does not mean they are safe, said Joe Trudeau, Southwest advocate for Center for Biological Diversity in Prescott.
“Arizona’s national monuments may have been spared during this latest illegal action by President Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke, but it was a close call – and we’re not out of the woods yet,” Trudeau said.
He pointed out that Arizona Representatives Andy Biggs, Trent Franks and Paul Gosar signed a letter of support in June to President Trump that requested total rescission of the four Arizona monuments and many more under consideration.
Sierra Club Yavapai Group Chair Gary Beverly said, “Rep. Paul Gosar has repeatedly attacked public lands and national monuments in his district and throughout the Southwest.” He adds, as an explanation for Gosar’s actions, that Gosar has accepted more than $250,000 in campaign contributions from the energy and natural resources industry – namely oil, gas, mining and timber, since 2011.
The DOI received more than 2.8 million public comments during the 60-day comment period. More than 98 percent of all comments received expressed support for maintaining or expanding national monuments. Of the 850,000 comments the Department of Commerce and the DOI on marine national monuments, 99 percent supported their continued protection, Trudeau said.

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Muir Woods National Monument, CA

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Beginning January 16, 2018, reservations will be required for all personal vehicles and shuttle riders visiting Muir Woods National Monument. Making a parking or shuttle reservation will be fast and easy. We look forward to helping you plan your visit to see the majestic redwoods of Muir Woods.

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Mittwoch, 27. Dezember 2017, 17:40

Ein paar tolle Winterbilder aufgenommen in diversen National Parks
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Sonntag, 7. Januar 2018, 16:17

Spectacular 'ice volcano' is growing at Letchworth State Park

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Due to the freezing temperatures at Letchworth State Park in Western New York, an "ice volcano" has formed. The cone is formed by the icy accumulation from a pond-fed fountain built next to William Pryor Letchworth's home, now known as the Glen Iris Inn, according to New York State Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation.
News10 WHEC reports that it stands more than 20 feet high.

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Sonntag, 7. Januar 2018, 17:21

The US National Trails System celebrates 50 years of the outdoors in 2018

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The winding system of scenic, historic and recreational trails cross the world’s third-largest country, connecting America’s most important and beautiful places and giving travellers the chance to explore them. The National Trails System Act was signed into law back on 2 October, 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, and since that time it has expanded into 11 national scenic trails and 19 national historic trails that are authorized by Congress. There are also more than 1200 national recreation trails, including 21 water trails for canoers and kayakers.

Some of the trails are well-known – like the Pacific Crest or the Appalachian trails, or the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail – but others are likely to be new discoveries to people around the country.

The trails run for more than 55,000 miles through “70 wildlife refuges, 80 national parks, 90 national forests, 100 Bureau of Land Management field office areas, more than 120 Wilderness areas, numerous State and local parks, trails, other protected areas, and 100 major urban areas” – meaning wherever you are in the US, you are never far from a trail. The aim of the system is to provide people around the country with a chance to get out into the Great Outdoors and even learn something about America’s history. Now that the 50th anniversary is here, there will be celebrations around the country that will hopefully inspire more people to check out trails near and far from home.

Trails50 is an anniversary project to help get people around the US involved in social media campaigns and events in their communities to help raise awareness about the trails. You can keep up to date on all this year’s celebrations on the official Trails50 website.

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Sonntag, 7. Januar 2018, 17:29

Spectacular 'ice volcano' is growing at Letchworth State Park

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Sonntag, 7. Januar 2018, 19:16

stimmt sieht toll aus