Delegation gives proposed snowmobile numbers a thumbs down
Encourages public comment
by Senator Mike Enzi, Representative Cynthia Lummis, Senator John Barrasso media release
July 27, 2009
(Washington, D.C.) - The Wyoming delegation, U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso and Representative Cynthia Lummis, all R-Wyo., made comments following the National Park Service announcement about a proposed interim rule to limit snowmobile and snowcoach access into Yellowstone National Park. The delegation encourages people to comment on the proposed rule.
"Decreasing snowmobile numbers in Yellowstone is deja vu for a lot of Wyoming outdoor enthusiasts and small business owners in the Yellowstone area. Enough is enough. The National Park Service has continued to mess with the amount of snowmobiles allowed in the park year after year, leaving small recreational businesses in the area in limbo. Then the NPS points out how few snowmobiles went in the park last year as justification to allow even fewer snowmobiles in the future. The Park Serviceís yo-yo policy is the cause. Iím not falling for their tactics and will continue working for a higher snowmobile limit. I encourage public comment on the new proposed rule. Enough is enough," said Enzi.
"The Obama Administrationís plan is rolling back years of public input and court rulings. Visitors to Yellowstone deserve reasonable and responsible access. Cutting the number of visitors in half is an insult to our state and gateway communities," said Barrasso.
"Once again, a federal judge and this current administration have saddled up together to throw science and common sense out the window," Lummis said. "These proposed limits are far below what the Park Service itself recommended less than two years ago. This administration should spend some time reading why Yellowstone was established in the first place Ė for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people. I would venture a guess that if Teddy Roosevelt were around today, he would agree."
Comments on the proposed rule can be submitted online at www.regulations.gov/search/index.jsp. Click the box under the search bar for "Documents Open For Public Comment" and choose the National Park Service agency on the next page. Comments can only be submitted online, in person or by mail. All public comments on the proposed rule must be received or postmarked by midnight, Eastern Time, Sept. 8, 2009.