Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the National Park Service (NPS) will reopen public comment on a proposed interim rule to manage snowmobile and snowcoach access at Yellowstone National Park for the next two years.
If finalized, the interim rule would allow up to 318 commercially guided, best available technology snowmobiles, and up to 78 commercially guided snowcoaches per day in Yellowstone, through the 2010-2011 winter season. It also would govern long-term snowmobile access in Grand Teton and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, including access along Grassy Lake Road, and on Jackson Lake for licensed anglers.
During this two-year period, the National Park Service will develop a new long-term winter use plan for the park. The average snowmobile use in the park during the past three winters has been less than 300 per day.
For more information
The proposed rule and an electronic form to submit written comments are available at ww.regulations.gov/search/index.jsp www.regulations.gov/search/index.jsp. The public can find the proposed rule by searching the “Documents Open For Public Comment” and selecting the National Park Service as the agency.
Public comments was expected to end midnight (ET), Sept. 8.
The National Park Service intends to analyze the comments submitted last fall and more recently before making a decision on the proposed interim winter use plan.
Depending on this process, National Park Service is planning to issue a final rule to implement the decision on or before Nov. 15. psb