You Can’t Bring Your Drone to Yosemite

The Citizen's Guide to the Future
May 5 2014 3:30 PM

You Can’t Bring Your Drone to Yosemite

479161455-picture-taken-march-08-2014-shows-a-view-of-yosemite
Yeah, we probably don't need drones crisscrossing this scenic vista.

Photo by MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

Yosemite may be a vestige of a wild, untouched past, but people love using tech to think about and experience the park. Maybe it’s a desire to capture nature’s majesty or feel connected to it without actually being a part of it, but whatever the motivation, the end result lately has been increased drone usage in the parks. Which isn’t allowed.

On Friday, an announcement on Yosemite’s official website reminded park-goers that drone operation is prohibited on park grounds under the Code of Federal Regulations. The announcement notes that drone use in the park has been increasing in the last few years buts warns that it can have negative consequences.

Drones can be extremely noisy, and can impact the natural soundscape. … 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.
Advertisement

It’s a pretty persuasive list of concerns. And since drone use for search and rescue itself is still heavily debated, it makes sense that rangers aren’t quite ready to let the public go wild with drones in the park. For better or worse we’re going to be missing out on a lot of Yosemite dronies.

Future Tense is a partnership of SlateNew America, and Arizona State University.

Lily Hay Newman is lead blogger for Future Tense.

TODAY IN SLATE

The Juice

Ford’s Big Gamble

It’s completely transforming America’s best-selling vehicle.

Should the United States Grant Asylum to Victims of Domestic Violence?

The Apple Watch Will Make Everyone Around You Just a Little Worse Off

This Was the First Object Ever Designed

Don’t Expect Adrian Peterson to Go to Prison

In much of America, beating your kids is perfectly legal. 

Moneybox

How the Apple Watch Will Annoy Us

A glowing screen attached to someone else’s wrist is shinier than all but the blingiest jewels.

Music

A Little Bit Softer Now, a Little Bit Softer Now …

The sad, gradual decline of the fade-out in popular music.

Is Everyone Going to Declare Independence if Scotland Does It? 

I Tried to Write an Honest Profile of One of Bollywood’s Biggest Stars. It Didn’t Go Well.

Trending News Channel
Sept. 12 2014 11:26 AM Identical Twins Aren’t Really Identical
  News & Politics
Jurisprudence
Sept. 14 2014 2:37 PM When Abuse Is Not Abuse Don’t expect Adrian Peterson to go to prison. In much of America, beating your kids is perfectly legal. 
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 12 2014 5:54 PM Olive Garden Has Been Committing a Culinary Crime Against Humanity
  Life
Inside Higher Ed
Sept. 13 2014 8:38 AM “You’re More Than Just a Number” Goucher College goes transcript-free in admissions.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 12 2014 4:05 PM Life as an NFL Wife: “He's the Star. Keep Him Happy.”
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 12 2014 5:55 PM “Do You Know What Porn Is?” Conversations with Dahlia Lithwick’s 11-year-old son.
  Arts
Music
Sept. 14 2014 11:44 PM A Little Bit Softer Now, a Little Bit Softer Now … The sad, gradual decline of the fade-out in popular music.
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 12 2014 3:53 PM We Need to Pass Legislation on Artificial Intelligence Early and Often
  Health & Science
New Scientist
Sept. 14 2014 8:38 AM Scientific Misconduct Should Be a Crime It’s as bad as fraud or theft, only potentially more dangerous.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 12 2014 4:36 PM “There’s No Tolerance for That” Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh say they don’t abide domestic abuse. So why do the Seahawks and 49ers have a combined six players accused of violence against women?