While the National Park Service might be an apolitical agency, it's nothing if not a hot property in the political world. So is it any surprise that a pro-business, anti-environment administration in the White House would have the final say over snowmobiling in the world's first and best-known national park? A national park, by the way, that resides in the least-populated state in the nation with just three electoral votes whose destination hasn't been in question in a very, very long time?
As the Traveler has suggested by connecting the dots for some time, and as The Associated Press has confirmed, Vice President Cheney's ties to Wyoming played the key role in the decision by Yellowstone National Park officials to commit to trying to keep Sylvan Pass open for snowmobilers coming in through the East Entrance as a favor to the town of Cody specifically and the state of Wyoming in general.
With this connection solidly made, is anyone still wondering why Yellowstone officials ignored their own scientists when ruling that snowmobiles were a perfectly fine recreational option for the park?
Here at the Traveler we're not completely naive. We understand Washington's power, and how just about every decision seems to have some political affliction. All the more reason for national park advocates to become even more outspoken in demanding that the National Park System be run according to the mandates contained within the National Park Organic Act of 1916 and the 1978 Redwood Amendment.