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National Park Service, FAA Ordered To Explain Delays With Air Tour Plans

by National Parks Traveler | June 28, 2022
The one-paragraph order handed down Tuesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia directs the two agencies to “(1) explain why the agencies were unaware that they were behind schedule as of their November 24, 2021 status report; (2) propose firm compliance dates ...

Court Ruling Retains e-Bike Rules In National Parks, But Calls For Study Of Impacts

by National Parks Traveler | May 26, 2022
While the National Park Service failed three years ago to carefully study the potential impact of e-Bike use in the National Park System, a federal judge did not block their use but simply directed the agency to take “a hard look” at positive and negative impacts. U.S. District ...

Low-Flying Helicopter Prompts Concerns At Yellowstone National Park

by National Parks Traveler | April 15, 2022
At Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which successfully sued the agencies for not moving more quickly on establishing air tour plans, Jeff Ruch said park superintendents pretty much have their hands tied when it comes to airspace over their parks. “Park ...

National Park Service Silent On Dropping Public Input On Cell Tower Installations

by National Parks Traveler | March 25, 2022
National Park Service officials in Washington have been silent on retaining a Trump administration policy not to seek public involvement on proposals to locate cell towers in the National Park System or to provide other pertinent information surrounding the towers. According to Public ...

FAA, NPS Running Behind On Finalizing Air Tour Management Plans For Parks

by National Parks Traveler | March 10, 2022
Despite more than two decades to get the task accomplished, and almost two years after a federal judge ordered the Federal Aviation Administration and National Park Service to get the job done by this summer, air tour management plans for eight national parks will not be completed on ...
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