Reader Participation Day: Is It Appropriate For Artillery To Be Used to Control Avalanches In Yellowstone National Park?
Do you think it's appropriate, and in the best interests of its mandate, for the National Park Service to be using artillery to control avalanches in Yellowstone National Park?
Earlier this week we touched on this issue in discussing what the park does to ensure safe passage over Sylvan Pass for a small number of snowmobilers who enter Yellowstone via the park's east entrance.
There's no question that human safety is a key mission of the Park Service. But do you agree that the agency should be using artillery to try to maintain avalanche safety over Sylvan Pass, or would it be more logical, and in holding with the National Park Service Organic Act, for park officials to put their foot down and say it's too costly, too damaging, and too risky to provide the service for a limited number of visitors?