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Zookeeper
February 11th, 2006, 09:03 AM
I received this yesterday...

BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT!

Comments needed on Yellowstone and Grand Teton Winter Use Plan alternatives.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The BlueRibbon Coalition, in cooperation with the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) and the Wyoming State Snowmobile Association (WSSA) coordinated two special meetings with Park Service Planners and members of the Snowmobile Community.

At these meetings held on January 17th in West Yellowstone, Montana and January 27th in Jackson, Wyoming, our group discussed the current Winter Use Planning process with John Sacklin, Yellowstone Park Management Assistant, and Gary Pollock, Grand Teton Management Assistant.

The Park Service, using a paper version of a PowerPoint presentation, updated our group on the current EIS process. This process is developing a long term plan for Winter Use in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The meeting brought to light several areas of concern.

I will address each area of concern for the two parks.

First, winter use issues in Grand Teton National Park must be considered on their own merits versus simply dragging them along on the coattails of a winter plan for Yellowstone. This park unit is distinctly different from Yellowstone and deserves to be treated differently. But thus far, throughout the previous winter use planning processes, they have not been. And the Range of Scenarios presented by the planning team clearly suggests that there will, again, not be meaningful consideration of the CDST (Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail), Jackson Lake and Grassy Lake Road even though they are presented as "critical elements" of the scenarios.

The following components of the alternatives need to be considered in the range of alternatives for Grand Teton National Park.

Allow non-BAT snowmobiles to be operated on the Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail (CDST) since 100% of this trail is immediately adjacent to plowed highways used by other motor vehicles.

Allow non-BAT snowmobiles to be operated on Jackson Lake for fishing access since BAT snowmobiles cannot safely pass through unpacked and drifted snow.

Allow non-BAT snowmobiles to depart from Flagg Ranch on the Grassy Lake Road in order to provide access to national forest trails located on the Targhee National Forest.

Allow up to 50% of daily snowmobile entries on the CDST and Grassy Lake Road to be used by commercial snowmobile outfitters.

PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK TO REVIEW AND SEND A LETTER TO GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT MARY GIBSON SCOTT

http://capwiz.com/share/issues/alert/?aler...8474331&type=CU (http://capwiz.com/share/issues/alert/?alertid=8474331&type=CU)

Second, in the case of Yellowstone National Park the following must be considered in the range of alternatives.

Our first concern is related to "guiding requirements" which is listed as one of the `critical elements' of the Range of Scenarios for snowmobile entries into Yellowstone. From our discussions with the Park Service staff, we understand that this may range from the existing
"100% commercially guided", to a percentage of "non-commercially guided" ,to potentially "unguided" access for a percentage of snowmobilers. We believe that all three scenarios deserve careful consideration and analysis during this EIS process.

Please ensure that all three of the following scenarios are included and receive meaningful consideration during the analysis of alternatives.

A percentage of "commercially guided" snowmobile entries, not to exceed 70% of the total daily entries.

A percentage of "non-commercially guided" snowmobile entries for 30% to 50% of the total daily entries, where the `group leader' has taken some type of certification course to lead up to 10 people into the park.

A percentage of `unguided' snowmobile entries for 20% to 30% of the total daily entries, where all members of the group have watched a video or taken some type of educational short course.

Our second concern over the issue of snowmobile access to and consideration of reopening all Yellowstone `side roads' to snowmobile visitors.

PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK TO REVIEW AND SEND A LETTER TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT SUSAN LEWIS.

http://capwiz.com/share/issues/alert/?aler...8474236&type=CU (http://capwiz.com/share/issues/alert/?alertid=8474236&type=CU)

Please send the two form letters linked above as soon as possible. The time is short since the preliminary alternatives will be released on March 14th. Please act today to apply public pressure. Your letter will make a difference!

Note: BlueRibbon wants to publicly thank the Wyoming State Snowmobile Association (WSSA) for developing these two form letters!

joe_jeep
February 11th, 2006, 10:28 PM
going snowmobiling this weekend in houghton so i had to do my part. both emails sent