Halls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1161 times:
The National Park Service needs to make up its F'ing mind. For the better part of the last 20 years, all we've heard is how Yosemite National Park is being "loved to death." Consider this from the YNP General Management Plan
Quote: The primary plan designed to guide the National Park Service in protecting and managing Yosemite National Park is the 1980 General Management Plan. This long-range plan for the entire park outlined five broad goals:
The Yosemite Valley Plan aims to help carry out these goals and, in the process, to restore Yosemite Valley's natural processes.
But apparently they have had a change of heart.
Quote: Natural gem losing its allure
By Paul Rogers
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
Yosemite National Park has long been known as a place with stunning waterfalls, dramatic rock formations, and frustrating weekend crowds. But all that is changing.
The waterfalls and rocks are still there. A lot of the people aren't.
The number of visitors to Yosemite, in northern California, hit a 16-year low last year, according to statistics made public last week. Nobody knows exactly why attendance has been falling for a decade, although park officials point to busy families, video games, and a series of natural disasters.
The 3.36 million visitors in 2006 were nearly 20 percent fewer than Yosemite's peak 10 years ago, even though California added seven million people - equivalent to the combined populations of Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia - in that span.
"The traffic is less. I'm not seeing the backups that we used to see," said Scott Gediman, a ranger who has worked in Yosemite since 1996. "You don't see crowds of people as much."
Key holidays such as Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends and the Fourth of July remain busy. But increasingly, very crowded days are the exception. A few minutes' walk up a trail from Yosemite Valley can mean solitude.
"You can go out on an August day on a Tuesday afternoon and it is more peaceful and quiet now, which is wonderful," Gediman said. "But we'd like people, if they haven't been here in a couple of years, to come back.
Which is it, NPS? Do you want us to come, or stay away?
MDorBust From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1148 times:
Quoting Halls120 (Thread starter): The number of visitors to Yosemite, in northern California, hit a 16-year low last year, according to statistics made public last week. Nobody knows exactly why attendance has been falling for a decade
MaidensGator From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 945 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1127 times:
Quoting TransWorldSTL (Reply 1): I think it's alot more fun to be in places like National Parks when it's less busy.
You are so right. I visited Yellowstone in late May a few years ago. I planned to arrive the day they opened the roads after winter. The place was deserted. I was at one geyser basin where there was parking for like 500 cars. Mine was the only one. It was unreal being all alone in that fantastic place. On the road to the Northeast Entrance, there were about 20 bison crossing the road. There was only me and one car going the other way to see it. When I went to see Old Faithful, there was a raging blizzard (in MAY!!!), and only about two dozen people watching.
I guess it's just my luck to hit snow. The first time I visited the Grand Canyon (in March) there was what I would call a blizzard. Ten inches of snow. The locals didn't think much of it, but hell, I'm from Florida.
I always try to visit places like that during the slower season.
The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.
Halls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1118 times:
Quoting RichPhitzwell (Reply 3): Quoting Halls120 (Thread starter):"You can go out on an August day on a Tuesday afternoon and it is more peaceful and quiet now, which is wonderful,"
Not sure how they are complaining though, perhaps you could clarify the change of heart.
What part of the "we want people to come back" quote did you miss?
Under the General Management Plan, and mentioned in several issues of National Geographic Magazine over the past two decades, the NPS system for the past 20 years has emphasized that Yosemite Valley in particular is too crowded. In fact, the NPS has reduced the number of rooms available at Yosemite Lodge by not repairing those that were damaged several years ago in a flood.
So now that park attendance is down, which is the outcome their message has been asking for, they are bitching because attendance is down. And blaming it on video games, FFS.