Posted: Apr 16, 2013 6:24 PM by John Sherer
You have 60 days from Tuesday to tell the Yellowstone National Park superintendent what you think of new snowmobile and snowcoach rules that will take effect for the 2014 to 2015 season.
The new plan for managing motorized park access in the winter was first shown in February.
Tuesday it was published in the Federal Register, giving people 60 days to comment.
After the 60 days runs out, Park officials will consider the comments before deciding if they'll adopt the proposal.
The plan allows for 100 "transportation events" a day.
Events are either a group of up to ten guided snowmobiles, or one snowcoach.
As many as 50 events may be snowmobile groups, while four events a day will be reserved for non-commercially guided snowmobile trips.
"This new, practical approach to OSV management also provides greater flexibility for OSV commercial tour operators, rewards future OSV technological innovations, and reduces OSV-caused environmental impacts all while making the park cleaner and quieter than previously authorized and allowing for increases in visitation," said the Park Service on Tuesday.
The snowmobile and snowcoach rules the Park has used for the past four years will remain the same for the 2013-2014 season and will serve as a transition to new rules the following year.
After considering comments, the Park Service says it will adopt final rules in time for 2014-2015. You can make a comment about the proposed rules here.