Drones in Yosemite National Park

This could go two ways. If they (govt drones) are used to prevent or warn of Grizzly attacks, then by all means have a drone follow Grizzlies. If they would be used instead to spy on Americans and visitors from other countries, then get rid of them! Personal use of Drones should be prohibited and banned in our National parks. Period. They are distracting, noisy and intrusive.

Courtesy of Yosemite National Park Photos on Facebook.

Courtesy of Yosemite National Park Photos on Facebook.

Montana and Wyoming residents have declare open season on government controlled Drones!

Article below – Source: Yubanet

By: Yosemite National Park

May 2, 2014 – Yosemite National Park advises visitors that the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) are prohibited within park boundaries due to regulations outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Specifically, the use of drones within the park boundaries is illegal under all circumstances. Thirty Six CFR 2.17(a)(3) states, “delivering or retrieving a person or object by parachute, helicopter, or other airborne means, except in emergencies involving public safety or serious property loss, or pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit” is illegal. This applies to drones of all shapes and sizes.

The park has experienced an increase in visitors using drones within park boundaries over the last few years. Drones have been witnessed filming climbers ascending climbing routes, filming views above tree-tops, and filming aerial footage of the park. Drones can be extremely noisy, and can impact the natural soundscape. Drones can also impact the wilderness experience for other visitors creating an environment that is not conducive to wilderness travel. The use of drones also interferes with emergency rescue operations and can cause confusion and distraction for rescue personnel and other parties involved in the rescue operation. Additionally, drones can have negative impacts on wildlife nearby the area of use, especially sensitive nesting peregrine falcons on cliff walls.

Visitors traveling to the park should be aware that the use of drones is prohibited while visiting the park and should not be utilized at any time.

For more information about regulations about visiting Yosemite National Park, please visit www.nps.gov/yose.

 

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Article below- Source: ABC News

The National Park Service issued a statement Friday reminding visitors that federal regulations actually ban the use of unmanned aircraft within the park’s boundaries.

Yet that hasn’t stopped drone sightings from becoming a nearly daily occurrence in one of the nation’s most venerated national parks in recent years, said Scott Gediman, a park ranger for nearly two decades.

“There has been an increasing use of the drones just because they are more prevalent on the market,” he said, adding, “It’s a new toy.”

The drones can often be seen buzzing loudly near waterfalls, above meadows or over treetops as guests use them to capture otherwise impossible-to-get photographs of the breathtaking landscape.

“Most if not all of the people using these are simply unaware that they’re illegal,” Gediman told The Associated Press.

One problem with the devices is that they can be distracting for personnel during emergency rescue operations, according to the Park Service.

Another issue is that they make lots of noise, putting a potential damper on the park experience for visitors.

“It takes away from the soundscape and the beauty of the park,” Gediman said.

The remote-operated aircraft can also interfere with sensitive wildlife, such as peregrine falcons, which nest on cliff walls.

As rangers gear up for an increase in visitors during the summer, Gediman said he hopes Friday’s announcement — along with similar advisories on Facebook and Twitter — will encourage people to leave their drones at home.

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Article below- Source: La Times

Yosemite National Park issued a warning Friday, and it didn’t have to do with bears or hazardous park conditions. The new concern: Unmanned drone aircraft.

There are numerous videos on YouTube in which drones are used to take in the scenic beauty.

Rangers said enough is enough.

“The park has experienced an increase in visitors using drones within park boundaries over the last few years,” officials said in a statement. “Drones have been witnessed filming climbers ascending climbing routes, filming views above tree-tops, and filming aerial footage of the park.”

The park said drones pose a safety threat as well as ruin the aesthetics of the wilderness.

“Drones can be extremely noisy, and can impact the natural soundscape,” officials said. “Drones can also impact the wilderness experience for other visitors, creating an environment that is not conducive to wilderness travel.”

The park said the use of drones there is illegal, but it’s unclear if anyone has been caught in the act.

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