Drones have been banned from all national parks in the United States, according to new regulations established by U.S. government officials.
The National Park Service (NPS), the government agency that manages the nation’s national parks, monuments and other historical sites, has outlawed launching, landing or operating drones over all federally administered lands and waters. Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, signed the policy memo into effect on June 27.
“We embrace many activities in national parks because they enhance visitor experience with the iconic natural, historic and cultural landscapes in our care,” Jarvis said in a statement. “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.”
In May, Yosemite National Park in California banned the use of drones anywhere within the park’s boundaries. NPS superintendents had reported that these flying bots were frequently being used to film above Yosemite’s treetops to capture stunning aerial views of the landscape.