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Tue September 4, 2007
Lopsided Comments Don't Surprise Snowmobile Group
By Peter O'Dowd
Laramie, WY – A snowmobile advocacy group says it's not concerned that so few of its supporters wrote to the National Park Service regarding snowmobiles in Yellowstone. Nearly three-quarters of the 120-thousand comments on the park service's winter-use plan for Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks say they favor eliminating snowmobiles completely. The Blue Ribbon Coalition's Jack Welch, who promotes snowmobiles, says environmental groups with more power and resources bombarded the park service with comments.
It's not hard if you don't know anything about the issue, if you've never been in Yellowstone in the winter, to click a button and vote against us," Welch says. "It's pretty simple.
Welch says the Park Service has done a good job evaluating the plan from all angles. He says he is confident that park officials understand the importance of snowmobiles in Yellowstone and that they will ultimately rule in favor of the machines.