The National Park Service is serious abut prohibiting the launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft on lands and waters under their control. The regulation was enacted due to the disturbance to wildlife, damage to sensitive areas, and the creation of public safety hazards.
Yosemite was one of the places that drones were being used. Nothing like a shot of a waterfall mid-flight. Forget the noise and the removal of any chance for solitude.
Yellowstone has clamped down hard on unmanned aircraft. They got three convictions recently. One man flew his drone over a crowd at Midway Geyser Basin and close to bison. The fine was $1,000.
Another man crashed his unmanned aircraft into Grand Prismatic Spring. His fine was also $1,000 and ordered to pay over $2,200 in restitution.
The third crashed his bird into Yellowstone Lake. He got a fine of $1600 and a one year ban from the park.
Gee – do we need to wear helmets while hiking?
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Hot town, summer in the city – back of my neck getting dirty and gritty. Been down, isn’t it a pity. Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city.” – Lovin’ Spoonful
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com