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YELLOWSTONE WINTER USE PLAN NEEDS COMMENTS!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by mudfanatic, Oct 18, 2000.

  1. mudfanatic

    mudfanatic 1/2 ton status

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    I know this belongs in the land use area but nobody ever pays attention to whats there, If we let this go without comenting on it your favorite off road spot will be next and don't expect anybody to step up and perform a letter writing campaign with you.
    Dan

    Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000 14:56:29 -0600
    From: brlist@sharetrails.org
    Subject: YELLOWSTONE WINTER USE PLAN NEEDS COMMENTS!

    *** BLUERIBBON ALERT *** BLUERIBBON ALERT *** BLUERIBBON ALERT ***

    YELLOWSTONE WINTER USE PLAN FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (FEIS) NEEDS
    YOUR COMMENTS!

    (Even if you are NOT a snowmobiler, please read the following and consider
    writing a letter. We MUST make be united in our effort to oppose closures of
    this nature.)

    The National Park Service (NPS) released their anticipated Winter Use Plan
    FEIS on October 10. They are allowing a brief 21 days of public comment before
    they issue their final decision. Comments should be mailed to: Clifford
    Hawkes, National Park Service, 12795 W. Alameda Parkway, Lakewood, CO 80228 or
    e-mailed to: yell_winter_use@nps.gov.

    The NPS' preferred alternative G will ban all private snowmobiles in
    Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and John D. Rockefeller
    Memorial Parkway. Yellowstone winter public access will be by mass transit
    only, by means of snowcoach. This means not only being excluded from
    experiencing the spectacular thermal features, scenery, and wildlife
    one-on-one in Yellowstone, but also the closure of Grassy Lake Road section to
    Flagg Ranch (Idaho's only park access), the Continental Divide Snowmobile
    Trail's park segment, and Jackson Lake.

    The NPS announced their intent to ban snowmobiles in the parks last spring. It
    was hard to believe that such blatant political grandstanding would ever see
    the light of day in an actual plan. Yet, here it is. It is real. We must
    respond.

    You are justified in asking, "If they've already made up their minds, and with
    such a short comment period, why bother with writing comments?"

    There are several good answers. First of all, snowmobilers, recreationists,
    and everyone who wants to perpetuate enjoyment of our national parks must rise
    up and protest. Second, should litigation be necessary, it is important to
    demonstrate a solid record of support for snowmobiling at every stage of the
    process!

    Please write your letter now! Below is a sample letter and some suggested
    comment paragraphs:

    ====================

    Clifford Hawkes
    National Park Service
    12795 W. Alameda Parkway
    Lakewood, CO 80228

    Dear Mr. Hawkes:

    [Describe who you are and your recreational interests] I support use and
    enjoyment of our national parks for today and tomorrow. It is the National
    Park Service's responsibility to guide and plan that use. The Yellowstone
    Winter Use Plan Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is not a plan that will
    result in good management of winter recreation. Rather, it is a divisive and
    polarizing political statement that caters to environmental extremists.

    * The FEIS failed to use good information presented in the Draft Environmental
    Impact Statement and craft a workable plan that accommodates individual
    snowmobiles as well as other recreationists.

    * The FEIS failed to incorporate data, information, and well-reasoned
    suggestions from the cooperating agencies. The participation of these
    experienced professionals was generally ignored.

    * The FEIS' preferred alternative is far outside the range of alternatives
    discussed in the Draft . The public has had insufficient opportunity to
    comment on this "no snowmobile" alternative.

    * The FEIS exaggerates snowmobiling emissions, sound, and impacts on wildlife
    and other users.

    * The FEIS has failed to consider advances in snowmobile technology that will
    mitigate impacts.

    * The FEIS has insuffiently analyzed the impacts of the preferred alternative
    on local economies.

    * The FEIS has insufficiently analyzed the impacts of snowcoaches on the
    resource, especially since they represent technology older than current
    snowmobiles.

    The cooperating agencies and others presented an excellent, workable winter
    use plan, Revised Alternative E, as a response to the Draft. You have not
    given this alternative serious consideration in the FEIS. Since the FEIS is a
    political statement, and not a plan, I can only support Alternative A, No
    Action.

    Sincerely,
    Your name
    Your signature
    Your Address
    ==============

    Thank you for your support!




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  2. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Thanks for the info Dan, first the snowmobiles and then the K5's.

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  3. gassman

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    Mudfanatic, I know too how important this is too. I'm not only a 4-wheeler but a snowmobiler. We all must pull together to save our sport. 4-WHEELING & SNOWMOBILING is my passion and I hope that you all will realize that we are one in this FIGHT. BLUE-RIBBON COALITION JOIN IT TODAY
     
  4. bigjbear

    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Might want to do this, too:
    Vote.Com is running a poll online about whether snowmobiling should be
    allowed in Yellowstone National Park. This is an important poll, since the
    results are being directly relayed to the Park Service after authentication
    (they ask for your email address and send you a message to confirm your
    vote).

    Please take a moment to vote on this important issue. Help us protect your
    access to the park!

    To vote, go to...
    http://www.vote.com/category/6834308/
    http://www.vote.com/category/6834308/
    Please vote NO on the pole. (That means YES for access. It sounds confusing but it will make sense when you get to the site.)
    Jim '80 GMC.


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  5. Espen88k5

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    Hello all my American friends. Recreational 4x4 and snowmobil use has been ilegal in Norway for as long as I can remember. So if you first loose that privlige(sp) then it's not comming back. Some private organisations are trying to plead with the govnerment to be allowed to set upp marked trails but are strugling against to much burocraty and socialism...... The police and mountan rescue are the only ones allowed.

    What basicly happens is alot of ilegal driving. People getting caught get huge fines. We live close to the Swedish border so we can still go there to drive snowmobils but the Swedish government are tired of Norwegian snowmobildrivers putting all to much damage on their mountains and causing acidents so they are thinking about doing the same.
    Enviromentalist are right in thinking about the future of the lands to be enjoyed by our kids and their kids but they are too often shooting sparrows with canons.






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