By Tristan Ahtone
Yellowstone National Park – Proposed rules for over-snow travel in Yellowstone National Park have been released for public comment. Those rules would set the number of snowmobiles and snow coaches allowed in the park each winter. Under the proposed Winter Use Rule, the number would vary between 110 and 330 snowmobiles, but that number would be reduced to 220 for the rest of the winter season. In addition, park spokesman Al Nash said that emissions from those vehicles would have to meet new EPA standards.
"The preferred alternative still requires best available technology: that's cleaner, quieter snowmobiles, it would implement a similar standard for those snow coaches, and of course it would require 100% commercial guiding."
In early May, officials released a draft environmental impact statement for public comment, and that comment period ends July 18th. Public comment on the proposed rule itself closes in 60 days. Nash said the goal is to have a permanent rule implemented and ready to go by December 15th.