Posted: Aug 22, 2013 10:46 PM by MTN News
Snowflakes are on the minds of Yellowstone National Park's officials as the record of decision for winter use got signed off today.
The numbers of snowmobiles and snow-coaches and the technology of the machines continues to be the centerpiece of coming up with the agreement.
According to the park's news release, Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk said, "The winter use plan is the product of hundreds of hours of public involvement based on sound science ...and provides mechanisms to make the park cleaner and quieter than ever before with greater flexibility for commercial tour operators and permit increases in visitation."
The fixed maximum number of vehicles will be replaced with a new, more flexible concept of managing vehicle access by transportation events which will be one snow-coach or a group of up to ten snowmobiles.
The 2013 -2014 winter season will be a transition year under the same conditions as the past four winters.
This plan then goes into effect in the 2014-2015 winter season.