Snowmobiles access to Yellowstone continues for 2011-2012
318 snowmobiles allowed in park daily
Story by Staff, Oct. 05, 2011Email a friend Print Friendly RSS
National Park Service planners will implement a "One-Year Rule" for the upcoming 2011-2012 winter season, in order to allow time to better address significant public input regarding the proposed long-term regulation, the National Park Service says in a release.
Up to 318 commercially guided BAT (best available technology) snowmobiles and up to 78 commercially guided snowcoaches per day will be allowed in Yellowstone for the 2011/2012 season. As well, oversnow travel will be allowed to continue over the East Entrance road and Sylvan Pass.
More than 58,000 responses were received during the 60-day public comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that closed on July 18, with significant input on the long-term proposal's requirements and approaches. The goal had been to have a new long-term final Winter Use Plan / Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and regulation in effect for the park by December 2011. However, the National park Service wants to further analyze the following before issuing a long-term regulation:
Variable preset use limits
Air quality and sound modeling assumptions
Proposed Best Available Technology (BAT) for snowcoaches
Adaptive management framework for emerging technologies
Costs of avalanche mitigation efforts on Sylvan Pass
The 10:30 entry time requirement included in the preferred alternative
Opportunities for non-commercially guided access
The NPS intends to have a long-term regulation in place before the start of the 2012-2013 winter season.