Yellowstone National Park – Yellowstone National Park officials will
recommend closing the park's East Entrance to snowmobiles as part
of a winter management plan due next week.
Park spokesman Al Nash said the closure would go into effect the
winter of 2008-2009 and last from early November through mid-March,
depending on snow conditions. The entrance would remain open to
skiers and other non-motorized uses.
Opposition to that plan for the entrance, the only gateway to
the park through Cody, has been fierce in Wyoming.
The governor, Wyoming's congressional delegation and area
residents contend such a move will gut the region's winter economy.
Park officials say their desire to close the entrance to
snowmobiles and snowcoaches stems from safety concerns and the high
cost of avalanche prevention. Sylvan Pass, just inside the
entrance, is subject to avalanches.
U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin said in a statement Wednesday that the
recommendation was "an attack on Wyoming's way of life."