The National Park Service is encouraging public comment on a proposal to adjust winter operating dates and times in Yellowstone National Park. The park is proposing two adaptive management modifications to the 2012-2013 Winter Use Plan and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement / Record of Decision. The proposed modifications include aligning the opening and closing dates for the East Entrance with other park entrances and changing the daily opening time for the South Entrance from 7:00 am to 8:00 am. The current, earlier opening time means that contract holders/operators leave Jackson well before sunrise, and before road conditions can be properly assessed and hazards mitigated by park service staff.
Proposed changes for the East and South Entrances are permitted under the Winter Use Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision, which allows for adaptive management. The proposed changes do not require revisions to the Final Winter Use Rule. Comments must be received by October 29th. Comments may be submitted online at: parkplanning.nps.gov/winteruseAM