Looking forward to taking your drone to a National Park this summer? Well you're going to be a little bummed out to learn that the National Parks Service has just issued a sweeping ban on drones. This new policy will not allow any unmanned aircraft to launch, land or operate on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service.
Before today a few national parks had individually banned drones, but today's announcement applies to every single national park in the United States.
Why the ban? The NPS states that those flying drones are a noisy nuisance that disturb park-goers, park rangers and the wildlife.
Here's Jonathan B. Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, on today's ban:
"We embrace many activities in national parks because they enhance visitor experiences with the iconic natural, historic and cultural landscapes in our care. However, we have serious concerns about the negative impact that flying unmanned aircraft is having in parks, so we are prohibiting their use until we can determine the most appropriate policy that will protect park resources and provide all visitors with a rich experience."
This is a temporary measure until the NPS can figureout the best policy for drones and introduce permanent regulation.
Did you plan to fly any drones at a national park near you this summer?