National Park Service Director Mary Bomar has been asked by nearly 100 members of Congress to ban snowmobiles from Yellowstone National Park.
The letter, signed by 86 members of the House of Representatives, focuses both on promises Director Bomar and Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne have made in regards to letting science guide management decisions and on their past support of the Park Service's Management Policies.
Both you and Interior Secretary Kempthorne have declared that an emphasis on conservation of our national parks is the 'heart' of the Management Policies and the 'lifeblood' of our Nation's commitment to national park stewardship. $10 million in taxpayer funded studies have repeatedly shown that conservation of Yellowstone requires the phase-out of snowmobile usage. Your decision will either demonstrate a commitment to the 2006 National Park Service Management Policies based on the best science available or a disregard for them.
With a Record of Decision expected by mid-November on Yellowstone Superintendent Suzanne Lewis's endorsement of an alternative that calls for as many as 540 snowmobiles allowed per day into the park, the letter is hoped to put more pressure on Director Bomar to overturn the superintendent's decision.
Not surprisingly, no members of Congress from Wyoming, Montana or Idaho signed onto the letter.