The Cody Chamber of Commerce is trying to raise 50 thousand dollars to be used to pay for snow plows to clear off the east entrance into Yellowstone National Park.
Park officials have said they needed to delay the plowing due to federal budget cuts and that would likely mean delaying the opening of Yellowstone by two weeks. Chamber Director Scott Balyo says it’s a serious issue for the Cody business community.
“We looked at numbers from previous years in terms of traffic volumes through the east gate during the first two weeks. And we determined that there is a two million dollar impact to the local economy.”
Balyo says the chamber would match the community donations. Jackson officials say they will also contribute money. The goal is to begin plowing by April first.