Following a nationwide directive, Washington state’s largest national park has joined the list of those banning drones.
Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum last week approved rules barring unmanned aircraft within park boundaries. Earlier this summer, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis directed superintendents to write rules prohibiting drones from launching, landing or operating in the service’s 401 parks.
Each park must change its unique set of regulations for a ban to be enforceable.
In their rule change, Olympic National Park officials said drones present “unacceptable risks to visitors,” including possible injuries from collisions or contact with spinning propellers or rotors. They also cited the potential impact on wildlife.