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Environmental Group Praises New Winter Rule

October 24, 2013 Greater Yellowstone, State of Montana, State of Wyoming No Comments
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The environmental community has been quick to react to the publishing of the new Winter Use Rule in Yellowstone National Park governing snowmobile and snowcoach use there.  Tim Stevens with the Northern Rockies region of the National Parks Conservation Association says overall, there will be more vehicle traffic than current levels, but requirements to cut noise and carbon monoxide emissions will be stricter.  Stevens says, “The Park Service has made the right decision and has struck the right balance between protecting park resources and allowing a reasonable level of visitor access to the park in wintertime.”  Stevens says there was some grumbling along the way as the rules were crafted, but also an understanding that the explosion of unregulated snowmobile traffic in the late 80s and early 90s had to be addressed. The new regulations don’t count snow machines individually, but instead, focus on how many “transportation events” there are each day, with those events based on the emission and noise impacts of the events.

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