By Rebecca Huntingdon
Jackson, Wyo. – The National Park Service is writing a new long-term winter use plan for Yellowstone National Park. During a public meeting Tuesday in Idaho Falls, Yellowstone's John Sacklin said the park is operating under temporary rules that will expire in 2011. "If we don't get a new winter plan done we will not have snowmobile or snowcoach access to Yellowstone National Park in the future," he said, "so it's really imperative to us. We're really working on a tight time-line to ensure that we get this new, long-term winter plan done before that plan expires."
The Park Service has scheduled four public meetings to gather comment on what types and levels of motorized use to allow in the park in winter. One of those meetings is scheduled for March 15th at the Little America in Cheyenne. The Park Service is accepting written comments through March 30th.