Yellowstone in Winter

Comment on Yellowstone Winter Use Plan Via Webinar

A webinar is an online meeting that can be accessed from any computer on the Internet. It allows anyone to participate; there are plenty of folks with opinions on the matter who lack there wherewithal to travel to a scheduled meeting.

A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS), which was released in early May, remains open for public review and comment through July 18, 2011.  It analyzes a variety of approaches to the long-term management of oversnow vehicles in the world’s first national park. Most notably, it would basically cap snowmobile visits at current levels albeit on a variable basis; locals are agitating for a waiver on requirements that guides accompany snowmobile visitors. You can read more about early reaction to the plan here.

The webinars are scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, noon to 2 p.m. MDT, and Wednesday, June 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. MDT.  Those participating in the webinars will be provided an overview of the plan, a chance to participate in a short question and answer period, and an opportunity to provide oral comments for the record. Instructions on how to participate in the webinar can be found here, on the NPS Website.

In addition, two more public meetings are scheduled this week in Washington, DC and in the Denver area. The Denver area public meeting will be held Tuesday, June 21, at the Sheraton on Union, 360 Union Boulevard, in Lakewood, Colorado. The final
public meeting is set for Thursday, June 23, in the DAR President General’s Assembly Room, 1776 D Street NW, in Washington, D.C.

Both meetings will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and will include a presentation on the draft winter-use plan, opportunities to meet informally with National Park Service staff, and a chance to give formal public comment.

RELATED STORIES: Early Reaction to Proposed Yellowstone Winter Plan: Mixed; NPS Unveils Draft Winter Use Plan for Yellowstone with Variable Daily Limits; Debate Over Winter Use Plan Basically Over: Snowmobile Lobby is Winner


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