The National Park Service banned the drone flight in the 2014 parks. Now, the federal government forbids drones to come close to 10 specific monuments, such as the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore.
On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it would restrict drone flights to 400 feet away from the boundaries of monuments, historic parks and other areas such as dams. The new restrictions are effective from October 5 and full list may have already been posted.
Three years ago, the head of the National Park Service, director John Jarvis, banned drone in parks for a variety of reasons: disturbing the wilderness, annoying people seeking quietness from city noise, colliding in various parts (such as canyons and springs) and sometimes prevent rescue operations.
However, the FAA ban on these ten specific locations was implemented "at the request of the US National Security Authorities. and law enforcement agencies ". Although there are no specific elements in the FAA statement, it means that aircraft make the work of different law enforcement agencies more demanding as they try to protect resources and infrastructure from all kinds of malicious activity on the drone.
So the general public may not be able to fly drones in national parks or in close proximity to these latest locations, but park staff themselves are experimenting with drones and have a good reason: Aircraft are used for patrolling and fire detection.