The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding drone, and other unmanned aircraft system, operators that state laws restrict drone use at the scenes of wildfires in Michigan.
Michigan’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act prohibits an individual from knowingly or intentionally operating a drone or other unmanned aircraft in a manner that interferes with the official duties of firefighters, police, paramedics or search and rescue personnel.
“When a drone is in the air at a wildfire, it poses a safety hazard to our pilots and firefighters, which could require us to ground our spotter planes and fire suppression aircraft,” said Kevin Jacobs, DNR aviation manager. “This can prolong the amount of time it takes to put the fire out, hampers the ability of firefighters to protect lives, property and other resources, while also jeopardizing the safety of fire crews battling the fire on the ground.” Read more
disk harrow pulled by 1948 Ford 8n
Keeping the garden site “clean” until we can trust Mother Nature not to turn a cold shoulder to us Mid-Michigan gardeners. Lots of funs stuff planned this year – some of which is already flourishing indoors. The list includes watermelon, pumpkin, cantaloupe, jalapeno pepper, onions, garlic and a variety of herbs.
Tractor operator, Mike Tepper, seems to be a bit chilly on this late-April afternoon. But that’s not it: It’s a dastardly swarm of black flies. These pests have become particularly annoying as a result of huge doses of rain this spring. Fortunately, the black flies tend to die off after a month or so. Then it’s skeeters followed by the attack of the deer flies.
It’s headnets, potions, and lotions ’till fall. Wind can equalize things better than any of that stuff, though.
Report Finds Parks Support 318,000 Jobs Mostly in Hotels, Restaurants, Transportation, Recreation
SAN FRANCISCO – Yesterday, during National Park Week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that 2016’s record visitation of 331 million visitors at America’s 417 National Park Service sites contributed $34.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016 – a $2.9 billion increase from 2015. Zinke made his announcement while visiting the historic Presidio of San Francisco at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Zinke marked National Park Week by also visiting Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and Channel Islands national parks. Read more
Secretary Zinke accepts President Trump’s first-quarter presidential salary as donation for National Park Service
$78,333 to be put towards maintenance of historic battlefields
WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald J. Trump donated his first quarter salary to the National Parks Service (NPS) to help fund the maintenance backlog in America’s historic battlefields. The donation, totaling $78,333, was accepted by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Superintendent Tyrone Brandyburg at the daily White House Press briefing.
“President Trump is dedicated to our veterans, our public lands, and keeping his promises, and by donating his salary to the National Park Service to repair our historic battlefields proves his commitment,” Secretary Zinke said. “These historic places tell the story of conflicts that helped shape our country’s history, and they also honor the many men and women who have given their lives in service of this great nation. I’m honored to help the president carry out his love and appreciation for our warriors and land.” Read more