Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. – The National Park Service has scheduled open houses in Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and
Washington, D.C., to discuss its long-term winter use plan for Yellowstone National Park.
The agency announced Friday the start of an environmental study to develop new winter rules for the park.
The study will consider snowmachines, guiding requirements, air quality, wildlife, natural soundscapes, visitor experience, socioeconomics and other topics.
Yellowstone currently operates under temporary winter rules. The Park Service intends to implement any new regulations resulting from the study starting with the 2011-2012 winter season.
Scoping meetings will be held Feb. 16 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Feb. 18 in Billings, Mont., March 15 in Cheyenne and March 17 in Washington, D.C.