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Yellowstone National Park's Final Winter-Use Rule Published In Federal Register

More than a decade of debate, disagreement, and litigation took a step closer to settlement Tuesday when the National Park Service published its final rule for managing recreational winter-use in Yellowstone National Park in the Federal Register.

Amid Accusations Of "Political Pressure," Yellowstone National Park Officials Asked To Strengthen Winter-Use Plan

"Political pressure" has forced the National Park Service to soften its approach to minimizing the impacts of over-snow traffic in Yellowstone National Park, a coalition of groups charges in comments submitted on the park's latest winter-use plan.

Yellowstone National Park's Preferred Winter-Use Plan Open For Public Comment

A preferred winter-use plan for Yellowstone National Park that is crafted around "transportation events" and which could allow more than twice as many snowmobiles into the park on a given day than has been experienced in recent years is open for public comment.

Updated: Yellowstone National Park Winter-Use Plan Favors "Transportation Events" For Snowmobiles, Snowcoaches

A preferred winter-use plan for Yellowstone National Park revolves around "transportation events" to control the daily numbers of snowcoaches and snowmobiles negotiating the park's roads.

EPA Raises Concerns Over Yellowstone National Park's Winter-Use Calculations

The lexicon built around enjoying the winter season in Yellowstone National Park grew this year when park officials coined "transportation events" to help define the impacts of snowmobiles and snowcoaaches. But that phrase has even Environmental Protection Agency officials scratching their heads over exactly what it represents.

Yellowstone National Park Seeking Additional Public Comment On Winter-Use Plan

Yellowstone National Park officials, while going through the regulatory process to extend the "one-year rule" guiding over-snow traffic in the park for the coming winter, are also seeking additional public comment on their draft winter-use management plan.

Park Service Retirees Say Preferred Winter-Use Plan For Yellowstone National Park Would "Make Bad Situation Worse"

A winter-use plan for Yellowstone National Park being promoted by park staff would "make a bad situation worse," according to the viewpoint of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees.

NPCA Officials Cite Snowmobile Emissions In Criticizing Winter-Use Plan For Yellowstone National Park

Pointing to the National Park Service's own testing as evidence, National Parks Conservation Association officials are criticizing a proposed winter-use plan for Yellowstone National Park, saying testing shows snowmobiles have gotten dirtier and noiser, not cleaner and quieter.

Yellowstone National Park Officials Need More Time To Complete Winter-Use Plan

Yellowstone National Park officials said Thursday they need more time to finalize a sound, sustainable winter-use plan for the park and will continue for another winter of temporary guidelines while doing more studies.

Wyoming Governor Calling For More Snowmobiles In Yellowstone National Park

Wyoming's governor believes 540 snowmobiles a day could travel through Yellowstone National Park in winter without adversely impacting wildlife, air quality, or the park's soundscape.

Traveler's View: Yellowstone National Park's Winter-Use Plan Needs Some Tweaking

Yellowstone National Park's latest attempt to devise a reasonable, and manageable, winter-use plan needs some substantial tweaks.

Some Numbers To Keep in Mind When Reviewing Yellowstone National Park's Winter-Use Plan

Trumpeter swans, Yellowstone National Park, copyright Kurt Repanshek
For more than a decade the debate over how winter in Yellowstone National Park should be enjoyed has dragged on. The latest comment period on the park's proposal for winter-use comes to an end next month. Here are some numbers to keep in mind when studying this issue.

State of Wyoming And One of Its Counties Again Seeking Permission To Sue Over Yellowstone National Park Snowmobile Limits

The state of Wyoming and one of its counties are seeking an avenue to sue the federal government over the reduced number of snowmobiles allowed in Yellowstone National Park on a daily basis.

Time Running Out To Suggest How Yellowstone National Park Should Approach Winter-Use-Plan

Mammoth Terrace, Kurt Repanshek photo
Just a few more weeks remain for you to suggest areas that Yellowstone National Park planners should consider in preparing a plan for winter-use in the park.

County In Wyoming Sues National Park Service Over Snowmobile Numbers in Yellowstone National Park

Although only a fraction of the snowmobile traffic that enters Yellowstone National Park comes in through the park's East Entrance, the Wyoming county that is the gateway to that entrance has sued the National Park Service over limits on how many snowmobiles can enter the park.

State of Wyoming Goes To Court To Boost Snowmobile Numbers in Yellowstone National Park

The state of Wyoming, as expected, has gone to federal court in a bid to boost daily snowmobile numbers in Yellowstone National Park to 720.

Updated: Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Parks Release Winter-Use Plan That Reduces Snowmobile Numbers

As expected, National Park Service officials Thursday approved a winter-use plan for Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks that reduces snowmobile numbers in Yellowstone from past years. The intent is that this plan remain in effect for two winters while Park Service teams develop yet another environmental impact statement on winter recreation in Yellowstone.

Updated: Federal Judge in Wyoming Says He Can't Boost Snowmobile Numbers in Yellowstone National Park

A federal judge in Wyoming who in the past has supported higher numbers of snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park ruled Thursday that he could not overturn the National Park Service's decision to cap daily snowmobile numbers at 318 this coming winter.
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Studies Show Summer Traffic in Yellowstone National Park Not As Polluting As Snowmobiles in Winter

While there are many, many more cars, trucks, and motorcycles traveling through Yellowstone National Park in summer than snowmobiles in winter, the summer traffic is not quite as polluting, according to park studies. Indeed, a greater problem with air quality in summer stems from forest fires.

Snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Environmental Extremists in the Obama Administration

What are we to think when a U.S. senator brands Jon Jarvis, a highly respected regional director of the National Park Service, as representing "the extreme policies of the Obama administration"?

Jon Jarvis Questioned During His Confirmation Hearing On Snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park

Jon Jarvis found himself navigating a tricky path Tuesday during his confirmation hearing as the next director of the National Park Service when questioned about recreational snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park.

State of Wyoming Heads Back to Court To Argue Higher Snowmobile Numbers in Yellowstone National Park

Wyoming officials, clearly unhappy with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's take on snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park, have gone back to court to bump up the numbers all the way to 740 per day.

Interior Secretary Scales Back Snowmobile Use in Yellowstone National Park, Calls for More Public Comment

With a new administration in Washington the pendulum on snowmobile use in Yellowstone National Park is swinging back towards fewer machines. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Thursday directed the National Park Service to follow a course that could limit recreational snowmobile use in Yellowstone to 318 machines per day for each of the next two winters.

National Park Service Draws Criticism for Winter-Use Plan for Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

National Park Service officials have finalized winter-use rules for Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, and quickly drew condemnation for ignoring what's best for the parks' natural resources.

Yellowstone National Park Releases Winter-Use Proposal

Yellowstone National Park officials, having had their initially preferred winter-use plan shot down by a federal judge, are back with another proposal. This one would allow up to 318 commercially guided snowmobiles, and up to 78 commercially guided snowcoaches, into the park each day.

Updated: Groups Claim Yellowstone National Park Officials Abdicating Responsibility Over Snowmobile Access Issue

Officials for Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks announced Wednesday that they would prepare yet another environmental study to clear the way for recreational snowmobiling and snowcoach traffic in the parks this winter.

Yellowstone, Grand Teton Officials Searching For Snowmobile, Snowcoach Solution

Officials at Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, concerned about a judge's ruling that blocks recreational snowmobiling and snow coach use in the parks, are searching for a way to get around that ruling.

Federal Judge Blocks Recreational Snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park

A federal judge, ruling that Yellowstone National Park's decision to continue recreational snowmobile use in the park runs counter to science and the National Park Service's conservation mission, has tossed out the park's winter-use plan.
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Winter '07-08 Snowmobile Use in Yellowstone National Park Dips Slightly, Snowcoach Use Up

Preliminary numbers show rising interest in snowcoach tours of Yellowstone National Park in winter and slightly declining interest in snowmobile tours.

Snowmobilers Continue to Roam Illegally Into Yellowstone National Park

Snowmoble trespass. Bob Peterson photo.
There's a section of Yellowstone National Park not too far south of the park's West Entrance where access is tricky no matter what the season. But in winter, when the snow is deep, rogue snowmobilers find their way into the park to play.
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