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NPS Explains Approach To Crafting Air Management Tours At Bryce Canyon National Park

by National Parks Traveler | November 23, 2022
Under the Bryce Canyon plan, which takes effect in January, up to 515 air tours per year may be flown over the park on defined routes. At Public Employees For Environmental Responsibility, Jeff Ruch has said the two agencies were bypassing the NEPA requirements and simply grandfathering ...

Groups Ask National Park Service To End Use Of Lead-Based Ammo And Tackle In Parks

by National Parks Traveler | November 18, 2022
“Banning lead from our national parks would be one of the single biggest conservation advances in a generation,” said Rocky Mountain PEER Director Chandra Rosenthal, noting that early in the Obama years the NPS briefly announced such a ban, called “Get the Lead Out.” but reversed ...

National Park Service Silent On Charges It’s Skirting Environmental Laws With Air Tour Plans

by National Parks Traveler | November 9, 2022
But that approach has led to criticisms that the NPS and the Federal Aviation Administration, which were told by Congress in 2000 to develop the plans, are bypassing the NEPA requirements and simply grandfathering in existing numbers of allowed flights. “… NPS and FAA took the ...

Reader Participation Day: Should The NPS Conduct Environmental Studies In Building Air Tour Plans?

by National Parks Traveler | October 26, 2022
However, outside groups such as Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, have criticized the NPS and FAA for avoiding environmental reviews called for by NEPA in designing the management plans. According to PEER, the agencies are claiming “categorical exclusions” ...

Bryce Canyon National Park Releases Air Tour Management Plan

by National Parks Traveler | October 20, 2022
However, outside groups such as Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, have criticized the NPS and FAA for avoiding environmental reviews called for by the National Environmental Policy Act in designing the management plans. According to PEER, the agencies are claiming “ ...