Friday, August 22, 2014

Expand air trash ban

    If bans on the recreational use of drones in national parks and wild areas don’t work, perhaps the nation should open a year-round hunting season on them.    Early this summer, the National Park Service enacted a ban on recreational drone use in national parks and wilderness areas after reports that unmanned aerial devices were regularly buzzing over quiet and undisturbed areas.
    Apparently the news didn’t spread far or fast enough—or drone operators just didn’t care. Earlier this month, a drone carrying a camera crashed and sank into Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.
    Trash and other items thrown into springs have damaged the park’s geothermal features many times. Such items can act like a cork in a bottle and may be impossible to remove.
    Aside from being inconvenient air trash, recreational drones are intruding on national parks and wilderness areas where people go seeking the natural sounds of water and breezes, not the irritating buzz of drones. Jets flying at 30,000 feet is enough reminder of the crowded, mechanized world outside.
    The Park Service’s drone ban is temporary until specific and permanent regulations are vetted in public hearings.
    The ban isn’t an overreaction by overzealous officials. Drones are being used by paparazzi to collect photos of celebrities. Recreational drones used by tourists seeking sensational photographs have disrupted everything from bighorn sheep to bison herds. Some hunters without fair-chase ethics have used them to identify the locations of big-game herds.
    Unmanned drones may be valuable for wilderness research and management, and for search and rescue purposes. Beyond that, they are an unnecessary intrusion.
    Other federal and state agencies should follow the Park Service’s lead, ban drones and leave the skies above as wild as the lands below.

About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.