5:56 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Yellowstone National Park releases new winter use plan

Winter visitors to Yellowstone National Park may soon get to explore the park on self-guided snowmobile tours, according to the new proposed Winter Use Plan released today.

The plan includes guidelines for how many visitors can enter the park on snowmobiles and snow coaches, and also allows for visitors to tour the park without a professional guide, which is currently required.

However, Park Superintendent Dan Wenk says that participants of non-commercially guided tours will still have to meet minimum standards.

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Open Spaces
3:51 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Yellowstone Superintendent Offers Update on Winter Use Plan

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This week Yellowstone National Park has held a series of meetings discussing its new proposed winter use plan.  Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk joins Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck and they discuss the fact that after several years of reduced numbers, more snowmobiles may soon be allowed in Yellowstone.

6:08 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Yellowstone Public Hearings Discuss Snowmobiles and Sylvan Pass

Yellowstone National Park officials are trotting out their latest proposed winter use plan for public comment this week.  The plan describes how park officials believe they can increase the number of snowmobiles per day into the Park, while reducing environmental impacts. 

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4:47 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

New Plan Allows More Snowmobiles In Yellowstone

     Yellowstone National Park officials have released the park’s latest winter use plan, which increases the number of snowmobiles that will be allowed in the park. 

The plan would allow 60 snow coaches, but increase the maximum number of snowmobiles from the current limit of 318 up to 480.  It’s the seventh time that Yellowstone has released an environmental document on what has become a controversial issue.  Environmental groups have called for the elimination of snowmobiles inside Yellowstone. 

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10:47 am
Wed March 28, 2012

State challenges snowmobile ruling

The state of Wyoming is asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its recent decision that the state
can't sue the federal government over how many snowmobiles are
allowed in Yellowstone National Park.
Wyoming had argued that limiting snowmobiles to 318 a day was
arbitrary and would hurt tourism and tax revenue. A panel of the
10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month rejected the state's
arguments, saying it failed to show the rule would harm the state
 Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead on Wednesday noted that Yellowstone is

4:56 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Final Opportunity to Comment on New Yellowstone Winter Use Proposals

Beginning Thursday, the National Park Service will call on the public to give its feedback on their latest ideas for winter use of Yellowstone Park. This is part of the Supplemental Impact Statement which will help inform the final winter management plan expected to be ready by December of this year. The most controversial part of the proposal deals with reduced snowmobile numbers. It would require that all snowmobiles be guided and that only between 110 and 330 will be allowed inside Yellowstone.  Cody Chamber Director Scott Balyo says he would like to see substantially more  allowed.

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