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Welcome to the 2009 Yellowstone National Park season!

With the northwestern roads of Yellowstone National Park cleared of snow, we have the first time in the spring and summer season where the public can enter the Park — but they must be on a bike. The Yellowstone winter season is officially over, which means the snowmobiles and snow coaches are not allowed in the Park. Despite a surfeit …

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Park visitors down slightly in 2008, up in October

You couldn’t tell from the throngs of people clogging the roads around Old Faithful this summer, but the number of visitors to Yellowstone National Park was slightly down through the end of September, according to figures from the National Park Service. At the end of October, the 2008 tally was 3.09 million, down a little more than 1 percent under …

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New bison management plan fails to impress

Interagency Bison Management Plan administrators are seeking public opinion on a proposed agreement for bison management that manages to underwhelm and fail to address the larger issues posed by wildlife management in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. The plan, which could be set up as early as this winter, would put down fencing in the Royal Teton Ranch, located directly north …

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Temporary winter plan would allow 318 snowmobiles in Park daily

After weeks of internal deliberations and an initial assertion that such a plan could not be legally crafted, the National Park Service has submitted for public review a Yellowstone National Park winter-use plan calling for 318 four-cycle guided snowmobiles and 78 snow coaches into the Park daily during the upcoming winter season. The temporary plan would be in effect for …

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The numbers hold up in 2008

The number of people visiting Yellowstone National Park in 2008, as well as the number of bison living in the Park, appeared to be greater than anticipated despite $4 per gallon gasoline for much of the summer and some crude efforts by National Park Service officials in the spring to cull the Yellowstone herd. On the attendance front, it doesn’t …

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Lewis: Plans for winter season remain elusive

The current winter plan for Yellowstone National Park calls for Old Faithful Snow Lodge to be closed unless some sort of legal approval for snowcoaches and snowmobiles can be found, according to park officials. In a question-and-answer session with Cody business owners yesterday, Park Superintendent Suzanne Lewis admitted no solution had emerged to counteract a legal decision from U.S. District …

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Park officials reverse course, will craft temporary use plan for ’08-’09

Officials at Yellowstone National Park reversed an earlier stand against crafting a temporary winter-use plan for the upcoming 2008-2009 season, saying they’d begin immediate work on an environmental assessment by early November, followed by a 15-day comment period. It was a quick turnaround for Yellowstone officials: as recently as Monday Park Superintendent Suzanne Lewis was telling a business groups in …

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Probing the Yellowstone caldera: Do low temps decrease chances of future eruption?

It is a sure way to generate some cheap page views: declare the end of the world is nigh and proclaim that an eruption of the supervolcano underneath Yellowstone National Park will the catalyst of a world-ending catastrophe. That’s the news that came our way from an Indian website we’d never seen before: “Yellowstone National Park in United States is …

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Court strikes down Yellowstone snowmobile plan

In a surprise move, a federal judge rejected a compromise plan from the Bush administration regarding snowmobile usage in Yellowstone National Park, holding an increase in sled traffic would increase air pollution and unduly impact wildlife in America’s oldest national park. Federal Judge Emmet G. Sullivan was blunt in his assessment that the plan, which would allow up to 540 …

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