FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Adena Cook, Public Lands Director
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
advocacy organization, today denounced the National Park
measures halting snowmobiling in national parks. Snowmobile use
traditionally been allowed in a number of National Parks as an
alternative mode of winter transportation. It is the most popular
winter use in Yellowstone Park, where over two thirds of the
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
produce evidence of resource degradation. Despite the lack of
Department of the Interior indicates that an announcement making
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
the parks. What is next - Cars?"
In the mid 1990's the National Park Service published a
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
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.
American people must be free to make choices, not have their
recreation dictated by Clinton and Gore."
The Blue Ribbon Coalition is a national 501 (c) (3) non-profit
recreation group that champions responsible multiple-use access
public lands. It represents over 800 businesses and
with 600,000 members.