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The National Park Service, however, can still use UAVs if it wishes

We reported early last month that Yosemite National Park specifically banned the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) “within park boundaries” due to their negative effects on the environment and the animals within the park. At the time, the U.S. National Parks Service (NPS) wrote:
 
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… Additionally, drones can have negative impacts on wildlife nearby the area of use, especially sensitive nesting peregrine falcons on cliff walls.
 
As was speculated in the previous article, the ban not only affects Yosemite National Park; it affects all parks covered by the NPS. The NPS last week issued a press release that bans the use of UAVs “on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service.”


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NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis noted that, “We have serious concerns about the negative impact that flying unmanned aircraft is having in parks, so we are prohibiting their use until we can determine the most appropriate policy that will protect park resources and provide all visitors with a rich experience.”
 
Any permit that was previously granted to a person, organization, or company to use a UAV in any of America’s national parks has been suspended until further reviews can be made.
 
However, the NPS is still authorized to use its own fleet of UAVs for “search and rescue, fire operations and scientific study” once approved by the NPS Associate Director for Visitor and Resource Protection.

Source: National Parks Service





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