Snowmobiles in Yellowstone

Yellowstone Winter-Plan Limits Back on Court Docket

Today a a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver is scheduled to hear arguments over U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer’s decision last year to raise the daily limit for snowmobiles in the Park to 720. We’re not even sure Brimmer’s original decision is still valid: it was since usurped by a Washington, D.C. court decision, and earlier this month Brimmer himself refused to hear arguments on the decision’s validity.

Besides, since the original decision the National Park Service came down with a new temporary winter-use plan that limits daily use to 318 sleds. That number was rarely reached in the 2008-2009 winter season.

RELATED STORIES: Yellowstone Winter Use Plan Stays in Place After Appeal; Wyoming Seeks to Overturn Obama Administration Winter Rules; Obama Administration Sets 318-Sled Limit for 2009-2010 Winter Season

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