Yellowstone National Park - Winter Use Plan/SEIS with New Preferred Alternative Announced!

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February 25, 2013 9:45 AM

Yellowstone National Park - Winter Use Plan/SEIS with New Preferred Alternative Announced - The National Park Service (NPS) has just announced the release of the Final Winter Use Plan and Supplemental  Environmental Impact Statement (Final Plan/SEIS) for Yellowstone National Park. The Winter Use Plan Final SEIS analyzes a wide range of alternatives and now has a new final Preferred Alternative.  BlueRibbon and our partners will be reviewing the Final Plan/SEIS and will have feed back in the near future. However in the Park Service Media Relea

 

The National Park Service (NPS) has just announced the release of the Final Winter Use Plan and Supplemental  Environmental Impact Statement (Final Plan/SEIS) for Yellowstone National Park.

The Winter Use Plan Final SEIS analyzes a wide range of alternatives and now has a new final Preferred Alternative.  BlueRibbon and our partners will be reviewing the Final Plan/SEIS and will have feed back in the near future.

However in the Park Service Media Release, under the new preferred alternative, the Park would allow up to 110 "transportation events" a day, initially defined as either one snowcoach or on average a group of seven snowmobiles.  No more than 50 transportation events a day would be allocated for groups of snowmobiles.  In addition a new one entry a day per entrance concept of non-commercially guided groups of 5 snowmobiles would be allowed.  The preferred alternative would also allow for motorized oversnow travel on the East Gate road over Sylvan Pass.

Important to note is the fact that in the preferred alternative there is a one-year transition period, with the Park operating winter use under the same rules and use levels as they have since 2008.

An electronic copy of the Final Plan/SEIS is available at the National Park Service's Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website. You can also request a printed copy of the Final Plan/SEIS by contacting the National Park Service, Management Assistant's Office, P.O.  Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190. 

The next step in the Winter Use Process will be the release of the "Proposed Draft Rule" that would be used to implement the park's preferred alternative. This "Proposed Draft Rule" will have a 60 day comment period and  will be our opportunity to comment on all aspects of the final Winter Use Plan/SEIS.  The comment period will close 60 days after the EPA publishes a "Notice of Availability" of the "Proposed Draft Rule" in the Federal Register. That date will be announced soon.  We will supply possible areas to comment on the "Proposed Draft Rule" in the near future.

The National Park Service intends to have a Record of Decision and a final rule guiding winter use in place before the start of the 2013-2014 winter season.

Thanks in advance for your support,
Jack Welch
Special Project Consultant
BlueRibbon Coalition
303-489-9477


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