posted on Aug, 3 2004 @ 03:57 PM
In November of 2002, the Bush administration outlined a new and will thought out plan on allowing snowmobiles into Yellowstone National Park. Starting
in December of 2003, it would have put a cap on snowmobiles in the park at around 1100 per day, about two-thirds the number on a peak day
It also limits the number of the more environmentally "unfriendly" two stroke machines, in favor of four stroke machines, and mandates that all
rental machines be four strokes. It includes a complete ban on two strokes before the 2005-2006 season. Of the people allowed in the park, 80% would
be required to be on a guided on trail ride.*
As of now, this plan is tied up in the courts, so last winter Yellowstone was forced to work under a far more restrictive prior plan. The
administration is in the process of appealing this ruling right now, but the economic impact to Wyoming has already begun with the lose of almost
1000** jobs directly related to the current rules. Although that may not seem like a lot, it is the equivalent of California loosing almost 38,000
jobs on a per capita basis for a small state like Wyoming.
If you believe in equal use of our national parks, and a fair balance between environmental protections and recreational use, support the current
administrations plan and the appeal currently under way.