Category Archives: Parks

Regulations: The Conversation I’d Prefer To Have

One of the subjects I’ve devoted some time to here over the past few years has been the subject of regulations.    As I pointed out earlier this year, there are reasons we have regulations.   Most often, those reasons are remembered when … they aren’t followed, enforced, or not there to begin with.   According to conservatives,  regulations are “unnecessary” and the “free market” will behave properly or correct itself if left alone, all evidence from the past and present to the contrary.

One problems I have with conservatives is that they’ve turned the debate into defending the need for them in the first place.  I’d rather have a much different conversation.

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A Zoo Or Park Is Not Nature

Recently the state environmental department announced plans to control an introduced species, which is on the verge of becoming seriously invasive.   In the areas where it’s currently established itself, it caused serious damage wetland and aquatic plants, has displaced – and often attacks – native species, created public health hazards, and injuries to the public.  Once confined to a relatively small area of the state in limited numbers, over the past few years it has spread to new areas, and numbers are increasing.  The state plans to reduce this population in the wild to zero over the next ten years.  Pretty open and shut, right?  Not really, since all such plans have a “public comment period” attached to them, and there’s a good percentage of people against it.

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More Screams From Conservative Country

In my last post I talked about the screams coming from various Republican-controlled  states as sequester cuts start hitting.  Most of the articles were related to education cuts, or in the mind of conservatives, the more impact of cuts to military spending.  This wasn’t surprising to anyone who can figure on what cuts would do to economies who rely on the “stability” of having military bases scattered around their state.  But now the rest of the “conservative areas” are starting to see it, and in a place they care about:  National Parks.

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Wandering The Woods

Most of my summer is spent outdoors, and occasionally I remember to bring a camera with me. Here are some of the things I found interesting. This is in early spring, a place called “Buttermilk Falls.”
Buttermilk Falls
It’s a popular destination, since it’s only a 100 yard hike in from the parking area.

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Changes In A Few Miles

This year saw me change assignments at work. The actual location was about 16 miles of road distance from where I’d been, but the “as the crow flies” distance was only around 6 miles. What was interesting to observe was the changes in the mix of species I saw. You see, I crossed a divide.
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