- Thank State Parks for providing this opportunity and describe any personal experiences or events you have witnessed with drones in parks or on beaches
- Recommend all state parks and beaches be closed to drone take-off and landings except where they can be safely allowed
- State Parks should determine where to allow drones based on the best available science
- State Parks should create an independent technical working group (including agency, academic, NGO, and tribal experts) to determine appropriate designated drone take-off and landing areas that minimize wildlife, cultural and recreational impacts.
- While designated areas are being determined, status quo drone use would continue (i.e. this would not ban all drone use at any time during the process)
- State Parks should include a final map(s) of designated drone take-off and landing locations on their website
- In areas that are approved for drone use, include in the rules:
- No drone take-offs or landing to occur within 100m of any observed birds and/or known nesting locations or from seal haul out and pupping areas.
- Drone take-off and landings should be discontinued if repeated wildlife disturbance events occur in the same location.
- All areas should be periodically reviewed for inclusion or removal as designated drone take-off and landing areas based on the best available science as wildlife usage and other factors can change over time.
- State Parks should include strong enforcement mechanisms in final rules
To view the full proposed draft rules click here.