National Park Services Plans to Ban Drones in All National Parks Soon


The inevitable has arrived. After a number of individual national parks placed a ban on drones, The National Park Services is telling the Associated Press that it will soon ban the use of drones in all 401 parks across the United States.

Jonathan Jarvis, the Park Services director, cites the threatening and harassment of wildlife as one of the most vital concerns to banning the drones — but this rule isn’t only for the sake of the wildlife. Jarvis also mentioned the safety of rock climbers and other visitors as a major concern and reason for banning the buzzing beasts.

As expected, a number of drone users aren’t too fond of the rule change, but The National Park Services says it’s making the stark ruling before any situations get out of hand, effectively nipping any major issues in the bud.

According to the AP report, parks can continue to grant permits for drone flights for research, search and rescue, and firefighting purposes; commercial operators (i.e. filmmakers) can also apply for a permit to operate a drone.

(via Engadget)

Image credits: Upper Yosemite Falls by Diliff

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  • mlianopr

    And those permits, do they come with a price…??? just wondering…

  • Amando Filipe

    It makes sense and was bound to happen sooner or later.

  • mthouston

    I think this is good thing.

  • Arnold Newman

    This is good news for all park visitors (that don’t own drones).

  • mlianopr

    why, my post are being deleted…??

  • OtterMatt

    Thank goodness. The amount of cars that go through ruin the experience enough, we don’t need mechanical mosquitoes overrunning the place as well.

  • John McCormack

    Good. Keep the drones out of the parks!

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  • JSintheStates

    Good! Let’s hope so!

  • VRWC

    I’ve been operating R/C aircraft of one sort or another for about 40 years now. There’s a time and a place for them and in the national parks isn’t it. I love Yosemite and don’t need to hear noisy anything except waterfalls.

  • Stephen431

    There are only 59 “National Parks” like Yosemite. The NPS shut down drone access to 401 different public areas. This includes areas where you are allowed to hunt deer and drive an ATV or areas where you can drive jet skis and speedboats. This includes areas for public assemblies on the National Mall. This includes the Wright Brothers National Monument at Kitty Hawk.

  • SiriusPhotog

    Good. What’s your point?

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  • Rich Mack

    This is good. Now they should do something about loud motorcycles. It’s not easy to have a wilderness experience with that sound carrying across the desert here in Arches N.P.

  • Chang He

    Well ATVs should be next on the list.

  • Vin Weathermon

    Good for the parks department: now they can generate revenue from the ones they provide permits to use. Bad for the photographer who can finally afford a way to do this….soon they will be illegal everywhere.

  • Kynikos

    Well, I guess that’s one way to keep Afghan wedding ceremonies out of national parks…

  • dave paul

    I think people should be banned from national parks. They cause so much destruction and pollution!