Drones Not Allowed In Yosemite, Warns National Park Service

Drones are a relatively recent phenomenon in the tech world. But given the rapid growth of the industry with tinier, more affordable versions, they are becoming increasingly common. Rather annoyed by this, National Park Service has banned drones from Yosemite.


The problem with the tiny, remote-controlled drones that are becoming quite common, is that they literally ruin the quiet, beauty and adventure of a place people go to in order to explore the nature. In Yosemite for instance, people go to see wildlife, to climb, to see beautiful waterfalls and in all, to get close to nature itself.

But with drones buzzing all around you, the very same experience is spoiled. Granted, people use drones to shoot aerial videos and capture scenes and moments which were literally impossible to shoot previously, but if that is being done at the aforementioned cost, it is unacceptable.

This is precisely why the National Park Service has come up with a strong-worded statement which says that drones are not allowed in Yosemite. The statement reads:

“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 and can cause confusion and distraction for rescue personnel and other parties involved in the rescue operation. Additionally, drones can have negative impacts on wildlife nearby the area of use, especially sensitive nesting peregrine falcons on cliff walls.”

The grievances cited by NPS are accurate. Although many drone-users have complained against this act and cited how drones are not illegal in the light of the NPS code, there’s no denying that drones are not welcome at such places. Perhaps the best middle ground the NPS and the drone-users can reach is to couple the use of drones with the issuance of a special permit from NPS. This would regulate the process, mitigate it at the same time and allow NPS to keep a tight lid on it.

Source: National Park Service

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