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Old 07-25-2003, 05:27 PM   #1
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ABC 20-20 Most Dangerous US National Parks

Sorry for the late notice ... but I just learned that ABC's news show, 20-20, tonight, is going to have a special on camping and visiting US National Parks.

Talks about danger.

VCR is set because we're going out.
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Old 07-25-2003, 05:27 PM   #2
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Here's a synopsis from the ABCNEWS webpage ...
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On June 28, the U.S. Park Rangers Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police released its third annual survey of the 10 Most Dangerous National Parks. The rangers cited increasing problems with illegal immigrants, drug smuggling, and potential terrorist threats.
Arizona's Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument topped the rangers' list for the third year in a row. Following is the list.

1. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (Arizona): After the August 2002 murder of National Park Service Ranger Kris Eggle, the NPS bolstered its force at the monument with tactical teams, since removed, and has failed to restore staff levels to previous levels.

2. Amistad National Recreation Area (Texas): Amistad shares the same problems of drug and alien smuggling as Organ Pipe. Seven rangers attempt to hold the line on 85 miles of an international border. With days off, it means that only one or two are on duty at any given hour of the day, and at night, the park is turned over to the smugglers.

3. Big Bend National Park (Texas): This park, which has the largest boundary with Mexico, struggles with an overwhelming flow of illegal aliens. According to the rangers, the park has violated NPS orders to hire law enforcement staff before hiring other personnel, leaving the few remaining rangers understaffed.

4. Lake Mead National Recreation Area (Nevada/Arizona): Although Congress has approved funding for 24-hour patrol coverage, this park operates without law enforcement at night due to staff shortages. Lake Mead has at least 17 fewer rangers than in 2002.

5. Coronado National Memorial (Arizona): Although a small park, Coronado is grappling with ever-more-sophisticated drug smuggling networks.

6. Biscayne National Park (Florida): Drug smuggling and illegal fishing are major problems at this park. A potentially devastating vulnerability is its proximity to the Turkey Point nuclear power plant. The plant is located just a mile and a half from park headquarters, and the plant's security zone is almost exclusively on park waters.

7. Shenandoah National Park (Virginia): The understaffed ranger work force is coping with a large number of armed poachers and encroaching suburban crime. The ranger staff has been cut in violation of NPS policy.

8. Delaware Water Gap (New Jersey/Pennsylvania): Once one of the best law enforcement programs in the NPS, Delaware Water Gap now has half the rangers in the field it did in the mid-1990s. At night, only one or two rangers are on patrol.

9. Edison National Historic Site (New Jersey): Growing urban crime is having an impact on this park, leaving rangers outmanned and outgunned. Rangers are denied pepper spray, shotguns and rifles, and access to a dispatch. Edison's irreplaceable treasures are guarded and inaccessible to the public.

10. Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming): At the beginning of the 2003 season Yellowstone eliminated its entire seasonal law enforcement staff. This forced rangers into solo patrols on the roads, few patrols in the backcountry, and a dangerous lack of backup in a park with a growing list of incidents to respond to.

For the rangers' full report, which includes a secondary list of "Dishonorable Mentions," visit this Web address: http://www.rangerfop.com/danger03.htm

For more information on the rangers and their efforts to ensure park safety, visit their Web site at www.rangerfop.com
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Old 07-25-2003, 05:28 PM   #3
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Another blurb:

While families camp, boat and enjoy the beautiful wilderness of America's national parks, rangers are suiting up in camouflage to fight drug smugglers, killers and, on occasion, terrorists.
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Old 07-25-2003, 05:30 PM   #4
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I'm not trying to scare anyone away from a national park visit, however.

Because I believe that the "odds" of anything happen are minimal ... probably far less than staying inside your house.

But, it might be an interesting show to watch.

I didn't know that the rangers "rated" the most dangerous national parks.

Big Bend is dangerous, because Nick goes there alot (joking, just joking!)
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Old 07-25-2003, 05:31 PM   #5
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Although Nick might be one of those illegal aliens they're talking about. Here's a picture I took last time I camped with him.

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Old 07-25-2003, 05:46 PM   #6
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Dishonorable mention parks:

Mojave National Preserve (California): Three rangers attempt to protect 1.7 million acres of desert land against methamphetamine labs, a huge network of illegal off-road-vehicle trails, and commercial thieves looking for native American artifacts.

Bandelier National Monument (New Mexico): An internal NPS audit found the park in violation of most of the basic operating procedures demanded by NPS and Interior policy.

Padre Island National Seashore (Texas): Largely bypassed by the
increased funding other border parks received, and handicapped by not having Customs or Border Patrol agents stationed in the park, Padre Island rangers fight a short-handed battle against drug smuggling and illegal aliens. More resources have been promised for the future, and are eagerly awaited by the overworked field staff.

Devil's Postpile National Monument (California): The park has been made totally safe for rangers and criminals alike, because all the patrol rangers have been removed from the park. There is no law enforcement presence in the park, and no agreements in place with neighboring law enforcement agencies. This is a complete violation of NPS policy and public trust, yet it has gone unchecked.

Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona): After an internal audit showed a program in great disarray, and few changes have been made. The park still violates basic principles of safe operations by running a midnight shift with only one ranger.

Jean Lafayette (Louisiana): Money designated for law enforcement is being directed to other projects, and the law enforcement staff has declined from eight rangers to two within 5 years.
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Those three women (mother/daughter/friend) who were kidnapped and killed in that California National park a couple of years ago were abducted from the their motel room, from the motel handyman, who stalked them prior to kidnapping them.

I'm sure it will be mentioned tonight ... but they might not mention that they were staying in a motel ... not a campground.

Most national park campgrounds are chock full of too many folks, sitting around in lawn chairs, etc. for someone to be abducted ... particularly if they scream and fight.
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Although Nick might be one of those illegal aliens they're talking about. Here's a picture I took last time I camped with him.

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Charles;

I was just returning to the ship to see if there was anything important happening on fiberglassrv.com.

There was and if you had been at your computer instead of sneaking around the campground in the dark with a camera you would have known about it too. ;)
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Old 08-03-2003, 06:42 PM   #9
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most dangerous

Charles, after reading the info posted at the FOP site I have concluded that either

A. The information is not exaggerated and the US is definitely more dangerous now to visit than ever before.

or.......

B. The FOP have an agenda with respect to funding and are trying to negotiate through the public to receive more funding for more sworn members.

I believe it's the later.
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