BRC Speaks To Snowmobile Ban Announcement

BRC Speaks To Snowmobile Ban Announcement

Post by Viki Egge » Thu, 27 Apr 2000 04:00:00

     BLUE RIBBON COALITION, INC.

     NEWS RELEASE

     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
     Contact: Adena Cook, Public Lands Director
     Phone:208-524-3062
     Fax: 208-524-2836

     RECREATION GROUP DENOUNCES NATIONAL PARK SERVICE MEASURES TO HALT
     SNOWMOBILING IN NATIONAL PARKS

     Date: April 26, 2000

     IDAHO FALLS, ID -- The BlueRibbon Coalition, a national
recreation
     advocacy organization, today denounced the National Park
Service's
     measures halting snowmobiling in national parks. Snowmobile use
has  
     traditionally been allowed in a number of National Parks as an  
     alternative mode of winter transportation. It is the most popular
form of
     winter use in Yellowstone Park, where over two thirds of the
visitors
     enjoy touring the park atop a snowmobile.

          Extensive environmental research has been done over the
years on the
     impacts of snowmobiles on the resources. These studies have
failed to
     produce evidence of resource degradation. Despite the lack of
data, the
     Department of the Interior indicates that an announcement making
the
     snowmobile ban official will be made Thursday, April 27.

     Adena Cook, Public Lands Director for the organization, said,
     "These top-down declarations from the administration are catering
     to the anti-access groups, shutting everyone else out of the
     discussions.  They have turned their back on reasonable dialogue
     and the American public.  They don't seek answers to issues, they
     don't want to work toward solutions.  They just want people out
of
     the parks. What is next - Cars?"

          In the mid 1990's the National Park Service published a
feasibility      
     study that examined modes of mass transportation in Yellowstone,

     including a monorail system.  This would eliminate the use of all

     personal vehicles in the nation's first national park.

     Cook continued, "Snowmobiling in national parks is an wonderful
     way to directly appreciate the parks' magnificence, where snow
     cover allows that special experience. It's popularity indicates
     that it is the preference of many.  Snowmobiling has always been
     heavily regulated by each park's management plan   Contrary to
     allegations by anti-access groups, these plans have always
     protected the resources of our national parks."  

     Cook observed, "Emissions and sound have emerged as major issues
     in the revision of the winter use plan in Yellowstone Park.
     However, impressive advances have been made in reducing these
     impacts through engine and fuel modifications and by the
     introduction of new snowmobile models.  Technology can solve
these
     issues.  Auto emissions have been a major issue for a long time,
     too.  But our freeways haven't been shut down. Instead, the
     Environmental Protection Agency proposed auto emission standards
     and a reasonable time-line to meet them.  We need to proceed this
     way with snowmobiles in Yellowstone and elsewhere."

     Cook concluded, "We're committed to opposing this unilateral
     micro-management of people's enjoyment of our national parks.
The
     American people must be free to make choices, not have their
     recreation dictated by Clinton and Gore."    

       END --

     The Blue Ribbon Coalition is a national 501 (c) (3) non-profit
     recreation group that champions responsible multiple-use access
to
     public lands.  It represents over 800 businesses and
organizations
     with 600,000 members.