Yellowstone National Park is seeking public comments on a draft Winter Use Adaptive Management Plan as part of an effort to continually improve the management of winter use in the park using the best available science and public input. The draft plan will be available for public review and comment at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/wuamp until August 21, 2015.
The draft plan provides direction for the Winter Use Adaptive Management Program, which has three primary objectives:
1. To evaluate the impacts of oversnow vehicle (OSV) use and help managers implement actions that keep impacts within the range predicted under the SEIS,
2. To gather additional data regarding the comparability of impacts from a group of snowmobiles versus a snowcoach, and
3. To reduce impacts on park resources after implementation of the final rule by gathering additional data regarding the overall social and ecological impacts of winter use and using that data to guide future management decisions.
The draft plan outlines a strategy to identify which affected resources should be most closely monitored and evaluated, how these resources should be monitored and how the NPS will continually engage the public throughout this process. The draft plan was developed with input from working groups comprised of members of the public who contribute expertise across six impact topics.
Members of the public may comment on the draft plan by submitting comments through the PEPC webpage, or by mailing or hand-delivering comments to Christina Mills, Office of the Superintendent, Adaptive Management Plan, , P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190. The deadline to submit comments is August 21, 2015.
At the conclusion of the public comment period, the NPS will analyze and consider all feedback received for inclusion in the final Adaptive Management Plan , scheduled for release in 2016.
Park News Releases LINK
SNOWMOBILERS, YOU NEED TO COMMENT BY August 21, 2015
NOTE: Comments may be submitted through the NPS website, by mail or hand delivered to park headquarters in Mammoth Hot Springs, WY. Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, or in any other way than those specified above. Bulk comments in any format (hard copy or electronic), submitted on behalf of others, will not be accepted.
For up-to-date information on the Yellowstone Winter Use Issue, go to our website www.saveyellowstonepark.com.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
The BlueRibbon Coalition has formed the Yellowstone Task Force, which is made up of state and national snowmobile leaders, the snowmobile industry, commercial tour operators and representatives from the affected gateway communities, as well as, elected officials at the county, state and national level. These groups have reviewed the Draft Winter Use Adaptive Management Plan and several of the Task Force members have suggested these comments. Snowmobile enthusiast NEED to comment on the Draft Winter Use Adaptive Management Plan. If you have ever been to Yellowstone, we need you to comment..
BRC’S THREE-STEP ACTION ITEM
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO SEND YOUR COMMENTS:
NOTE: Please be polite and, if possible, make your comment letter as personal as you can.
STEP 1: Click Here. This link will take you to the Government Regulations comment webpage.
Read and follow the instructions for completing the Comment Form.
Update link from Media release
STEP 2: Use the comments suggestions below as a guideline for your comments. Cut and paste
is okay, but try to make your comment letter as personal as possible.
STEP 3: Take just a minute to add a bit about where you live, any winter visits you have made to
Yellowstone, how often you go, how long you have been riding in the area and/or how
important the area is to you.
Once you have completed your comments, click the “Submit” button.
You may also comment by mail to: Yellowstone National Park, Christina Mills, Office of the Superintendent, Adaptive Management Plan, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone NP, WY 82190. Deadline is August 21, 2015.
NOTE: Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, or in any other way than those specified above. Bulk comments in any format (hard copy or electronic), submitted on behalf of others, will not be accepted.
I support the “Proposed Rule” and continued winter access to Yellowstone National Park by snowmobiles.
- I support the Non-Commercially Guided access program to Yellowstone on BAT snowmobiles in the winter. I would like to see a possible increase in the program over time.
- Snowmobiles have been used to access Yellowstone National Park for over 50 years and should continue to provide a special form of winter transportation using the concept of “Transportation Events.” Monitoring shows the concept is working.
- I support the current new Best Available Technology (BAT) for snowmobiles. That BAT should not be changed. Current BAT snowmobiles are very clean and quiet.
- I support the continuing the current level of monitoring of air and sound in the Park. Current monitoring show that impacts are with the projected range for Winter Use Final Rule..
- I support the continuing of current monitoring of Wildlife impacts from Winter Use in the Park. Current monitoring shows impacts are within range projected in the Winter Use Final Rule.
- The section on Human Dimensions of the Plan needs to be rewritten to reflect the current experience of accessing the Park in winter. The current chapter of the plan has very dated references to the winter experience.
Please add my name to the Yellowstone Winter Use Adaptive Management mailing list and keep me informed as the process moves forward.
(Please Print) Name______________________________________________
City__________, State or Province ______ Zip or Postal Code __________
Reminder the COMMENT PERIOD ON PROPOSED RULE ENDS ON AUGUST 21, 2015