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National Park Service is proposing the removal of several historic bridges in Yosemite because they interfere with water flow, according to environmentalists.

The National Park Service is proposing the removal of several historic bridges in Yosemite because they interfere with water flow, according to environmentalists.

Look, why don’t they simply admit it: They really want don’t want any humans to visit these parks, and simply outlaw them all? That way, the job of the National Park Service will be so much easier: They — and their environmentalist buddies — will finally have the park to themselves to play in without being bothered by all those disgusting American citizens.

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4 comments

  • Al

    A couple years back I subscribed to a magazine that was about hiking and such. Just about every article had the message in it that the areas they were exploring were being ruined because there were to many people and that the only solution was to close them off from outsiders. Of course, the people writing the articles didn’t include themselves in the category of ‘outsider’. The would still enjoy the parks but the riff-raff would be sent packing.

    Unfortunately, most of the nature organizations are dominated by leftist and the leftist ideal is that they should enjoy themselves while the rest of us pay the bills.

  • jwing

    I’ve often felt the same way. It has always bothered me that National Park Rangers got to enjoy restricted areas without any license and that Sierra Club members and “trail improvement volunteers” got special access to “over-loved” and “impacted” sites.

  • Jim

    This kind of thing always reminds me of an American great, Edward Abbey. Not easy to pigeon-hole (strong supporter of NRA and strong immigration policies, but also eco-terrorism), he too had strong feelings about National Parks. He wanted them to be visited often by Americans, but with limitations. From his best work, Desert Solitaire:

    “Industrial tourism is a threat to the national parks. But the chief victims of the system are the motorized tourists. They are being robbed and robbing themselves. So long as they are unwilling to crawl out of their cars they will not discover the treasures of the national parks and will never escape the stress and turmoil of the urban-suburban complexes which they had hoped, presumably, to leave behind for a while.”

    He just wanted them walking.

  • jwing

    Sadly, I predict a time very soon where a hiker will be required to possess a hicking license, with all its attendant certifications: campfire saftey, wildlife protection sertification, a do-no-harm low impact environmental back country backpaker certification. Also, all of these required certifications will expire yearly and have a fee attached. Welcome to the new Robetrs’ constitutional America where your activity is now a taxable item.

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