By Elsa Heidorn
Laramie, WY – The leaders of the group Shut Out of Yellowstone say they're optimistic after meeting with top Park Service officials. The group was formed to keep the east entrance to Yellowstone Park open in the winter. The Park Service is considering closing it due to avalanche danger on Sylvan pass. The group's co-chair, Carol Armstrong, says the discussions at last week's meeting were frank, and she hopes the Park Service's decision will go her way.
"The best case scenario would be to leave that Sylvan pass open all the time," Armstrong says. "Responsible people? Yes. Snow mobiles, cross country skis, snowcoaches, all of that."
The meeting included National Park Service Regional Director Mike Snyder and Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Suzanne Lewis. Decisions on Yellowstone's winter use plan are expected in October.