Drones banned from national parks

(Photo AP/Rick Bowmer)
(Photo AP/Rick Bowmer)

On Friday, Yosemite National Park in California issued a statement that the use of drones are prohibited within park boundaries.

The statement cites the 36 Code of Federal Regulations 2.17(a)(3):

“Delivering or retrieving a person or object by parachute, helicopter, or other airborne means, except in emergencies involving public safety or serious property loss, or pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit.”

In an email to CNN, NPS spokesman John Quincy said that, “The … regulations cited at Yosemite apply at all units of the National Park System.”

Meaning drones are banned from all 58 national parks.

The press release also notes that Yosemite has seen an increase of drone use in the park and highlight some of the negative impacts of their use:

“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.”

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