Winter Use Planning in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks April 2004 Update for Montana Governor’s Conference on Tourism From February 11, 2004, to the end of the winter season Yellowstone National Park operated under a Superintendent’s Order that called for: 780 snowmobiles per day
April 2004 Update for Montana Governor’s Conference on Tourism
On March 25, 2003, the NPS signed a record of decision to allow snowmobiles to be used in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks under strict limitations.
Under that decision, the following elements were critical for a sustainable winter use decision:
1. Requirements set for “Best Available Technology”
2. Daily limit on snowmobile use
3. Access by guided only
4. Implement adaptive management program
5. Develop new snowcoaches
6. Reasonable phase-in
7. Fiscal resources in place to effectively manage the winter use program
Note: Contracts allow for 72 coaches; only 29 of which are “historic” Bombardiers.
Decisions rest on effective Adaptive Management Program