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YNP to maintain one-year rule for 2012-2013 winter use

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YELLOWSTONE – For the upcoming 2012-2013 winter season in Yellowstone, the National Park Service is proposing to extend the existing “one-year rule” regarding the management of snowmobiles and snowcoach activity in the park.

This would implement the same regulations used for the past three winters, which allows for up to 318 commercially guided Best Available Technology snowmobiles and 78 commercially guided snowcoaches daily. It will also continue to provide access for motorized oversnow travel over the East Entrance road and Sylvan Pass.

Concurrently, the National Park Service will reopen the public comment period for 30-days on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for long-term plan for winter use in Yellowstone National Park. The second public comment period will allow additional opportunity for the Park to address public and cooperating agency comments on the draft SEIS.

“Today’s approach ensures that there will not be interruptions to access this winter, and also responds to public requests for additional review and comment on the long-term plan,” said Superintendent Dan Wenk.

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