Snowmobiles Banned!

Snowmobiles Banned!

Post by Viki Egge » Fri, 28 Apr 2000 04:00:00


Park Service Bans Snowmobiles

By H. JOSEF HEBERT, Associated Press Writer
Thu 10:35 am EST

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Park Service today issued a broad ban
on recreational use of snowmobiles at nearly all of the national
parks, recreational areas and monuments. The off-road vehicles have
had ''significant adverse environmental effect'' on the park system,
the agency said.

The only exceptions to the ban were parks in Alaska and the Voyageurs
National Park in Minnesota, where Congress specifically allowed use of
snowmobiles, and in cases where the vehicles are considered necessary
for access to adjacent private lands or inholdings, the agency said.

The ban applies to 12 national parks from Acadia in Maine to Sequoia
and Kings Canyon in California, including Yellowstone in Wyoming,
where snowmobiling has been the focus of intense controversy.
Snowmobiling also no longer will be allowed in 17 national seashores,
monuments, parkways, historic sites, recreational areas and scenic
trails.

''The time has come for the National Park Service to pull in its
welcome mat for recreational snowmobiling,'' Assistant Interior
Secretary Donald J. Barry said. He called snowmobiles ''noisy,
antiquated machines that are no longer welcome in our national
parks.''

''The snowmobile industry has had many years to clean up their act and
they haven't,'' said Barry.

More than 180,000 snowmobiles are used during winter months in the
national park system and critics have complained that they account for
significant air pollution, noise and damage to wildlife and the park
environment.

The action came in response to a petition filed more than a year ago
by the Blue Water Network and more than 60 other environmental and
conservation groups. They claimed the National Park Service has not
enforced its own regulations, dating back to the 1970s, that required
close monitoring of snowmobiles and other off-road vehicles in parks,
and a ban if they were found to harm the environment.

''The Park Service is finally waking up to the lasting harm motorized
thrill-craft such as snowmobiles cause to parks,'' said Sean Smith of
the San Francisco-based Bleater Network. He is a former park ranger at
Yellowstone.

The Park Service acknowledged that for years it has failed to monitor
snowmobile use and, in violation of its own regulations, failed to
adequately monitor the impact of the popular recreational vehicles on
the park environment.

For ''years inattention to our own regulatory standards on snowmobiles
generated the problem we have before us today,'' said Denis Galvin,
the Park Service's deputy director.

Although word that the Park Service was planning to ban snowmobile use
had surfaced earlier in the week, the agency provided details of the
action in an announcement today.

<http://www.newsday.com/ap/topnews/ap609.htm>

 
 
 

Snowmobiles Banned!

Post by Stevem.. » Fri, 28 Apr 2000 04:00:00

The cars and RV's are next.   And after that it'll be about eliminating
people from the parks.  It's just getting started.   That's what we need to
do.  Tell the world in our own press conference the next step.  Let everyone
know what they are up to.  Public awareness is our next step. Otherwise
we're dead.
  And to think that they picked on us.   Sledding is barely a sport even
with only a couple months of the year that we use these stupid things.
Hard to believe they'd pick on us first.   I'd bet weedwackers produce more
pollution due to their greater numbers.   And lawnmowers... humph..  they
are everywhere...  this is really stupid.

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Quote:
> Park Service Bans Snowmobiles

> By H. JOSEF HEBERT, Associated Press Writer
> Thu 10:35 am EST

> WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Park Service today issued a broad ban
> on recreational use of snowmobiles at nearly all of the national
> parks, recreational areas and monuments. The off-road vehicles have
> had ''significant adverse environmental effect'' on the park system,
> the agency said.

> The only exceptions to the ban were parks in Alaska and the Voyageurs
> National Park in Minnesota, where Congress specifically allowed use of
> snowmobiles, and in cases where the vehicles are considered necessary
> for access to adjacent private lands or inholdings, the agency said.

> The ban applies to 12 national parks from Acadia in Maine to Sequoia
> and Kings Canyon in California, including Yellowstone in Wyoming,
> where snowmobiling has been the focus of intense controversy.
> Snowmobiling also no longer will be allowed in 17 national seashores,
> monuments, parkways, historic sites, recreational areas and scenic
> trails.

> ''The time has come for the National Park Service to pull in its
> welcome mat for recreational snowmobiling,'' Assistant Interior
> Secretary Donald J. Barry said. He called snowmobiles ''noisy,
> antiquated machines that are no longer welcome in our national
> parks.''

> ''The snowmobile industry has had many years to clean up their act and
> they haven't,'' said Barry.

> More than 180,000 snowmobiles are used during winter months in the
> national park system and critics have complained that they account for
> significant air pollution, noise and damage to wildlife and the park
> environment.

> The action came in response to a petition filed more than a year ago
> by the Blue Water Network and more than 60 other environmental and
> conservation groups. They claimed the National Park Service has not
> enforced its own regulations, dating back to the 1970s, that required
> close monitoring of snowmobiles and other off-road vehicles in parks,
> and a ban if they were found to harm the environment.

> ''The Park Service is finally waking up to the lasting harm motorized
> thrill-craft such as snowmobiles cause to parks,'' said Sean Smith of
> the San Francisco-based Bleater Network. He is a former park ranger at
> Yellowstone.

> The Park Service acknowledged that for years it has failed to monitor
> snowmobile use and, in violation of its own regulations, failed to
> adequately monitor the impact of the popular recreational vehicles on
> the park environment.

> For ''years inattention to our own regulatory standards on snowmobiles
> generated the problem we have before us today,'' said Denis Galvin,
> the Park Service's deputy director.

> Although word that the Park Service was planning to ban snowmobile use
> had surfaced earlier in the week, the agency provided details of the
> action in an announcement today.

> <http://www.newsday.com/ap/topnews/ap609.htm>


 
 
 

Snowmobiles Banned!

Post by Stevem.. » Fri, 28 Apr 2000 04:00:00

One such regulation states that "snowmobiles are prohibited except where
designated and only when their use is consistent with the park's natural,
cultural, scenic and aesthetic values, safety considerations, park
management objectives, and will not disturb wildlife or damage park
resources."

Copied this from the ban.   This comment sums it up.  We won't be riding
anywhere near a national park soon with this comment. They will use this
pollution ***against us all over.  It's over.

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Quote:
> The cars and RV's are next.   And after that it'll be about eliminating
> people from the parks.  It's just getting started.   That's what we need
to
> do.  Tell the world in our own press conference the next step.  Let
everyone
> know what they are up to.  Public awareness is our next step. Otherwise
> we're dead.
>   And to think that they picked on us.   Sledding is barely a sport even
> with only a couple months of the year that we use these stupid things.
> Hard to believe they'd pick on us first.   I'd bet weedwackers produce
more
> pollution due to their greater numbers.   And lawnmowers... humph..  they
> are everywhere...  this is really stupid.

> --
> L8tr...
> Steve m...
> web page:  http://SportToday.org/~stevem52
> L.H. Club page:  http://SportToday.org/



> > Park Service Bans Snowmobiles

> > By H. JOSEF HEBERT, Associated Press Writer
> > Thu 10:35 am EST

> > WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Park Service today issued a broad ban
> > on recreational use of snowmobiles at nearly all of the national
> > parks, recreational areas and monuments. The off-road vehicles have
> > had ''significant adverse environmental effect'' on the park system,
> > the agency said.

> > The only exceptions to the ban were parks in Alaska and the Voyageurs
> > National Park in Minnesota, where Congress specifically allowed use of
> > snowmobiles, and in cases where the vehicles are considered necessary
> > for access to adjacent private lands or inholdings, the agency said.

> > The ban applies to 12 national parks from Acadia in Maine to Sequoia
> > and Kings Canyon in California, including Yellowstone in Wyoming,
> > where snowmobiling has been the focus of intense controversy.
> > Snowmobiling also no longer will be allowed in 17 national seashores,
> > monuments, parkways, historic sites, recreational areas and scenic
> > trails.

> > ''The time has come for the National Park Service to pull in its
> > welcome mat for recreational snowmobiling,'' Assistant Interior
> > Secretary Donald J. Barry said. He called snowmobiles ''noisy,
> > antiquated machines that are no longer welcome in our national
> > parks.''

> > ''The snowmobile industry has had many years to clean up their act and
> > they haven't,'' said Barry.

> > More than 180,000 snowmobiles are used during winter months in the
> > national park system and critics have complained that they account for
> > significant air pollution, noise and damage to wildlife and the park
> > environment.

> > The action came in response to a petition filed more than a year ago
> > by the Blue Water Network and more than 60 other environmental and
> > conservation groups. They claimed the National Park Service has not
> > enforced its own regulations, dating back to the 1970s, that required
> > close monitoring of snowmobiles and other off-road vehicles in parks,
> > and a ban if they were found to harm the environment.

> > ''The Park Service is finally waking up to the lasting harm motorized
> > thrill-craft such as snowmobiles cause to parks,'' said Sean Smith of
> > the San Francisco-based Bleater Network. He is a former park ranger at
> > Yellowstone.

> > The Park Service acknowledged that for years it has failed to monitor
> > snowmobile use and, in violation of its own regulations, failed to
> > adequately monitor the impact of the popular recreational vehicles on
> > the park environment.

> > For ''years inattention to our own regulatory standards on snowmobiles
> > generated the problem we have before us today,'' said Denis Galvin,
> > the Park Service's deputy director.

> > Although word that the Park Service was planning to ban snowmobile use
> > had surfaced earlier in the week, the agency provided details of the
> > action in an announcement today.

> > <http://SportToday.org/;