June 26, 2002
CODY, Wyo. -- The National Park Service said Tuesday that it is willing to allow snowmobiling to continue in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks but with "very strict limitations," including use of new technology to limit air pollution and noise. Park Service officials met with state and county representatives from Idaho, Montana and Wyoming to discuss the controversial issue of winter activities in the two parks. The overall policy is still being refined.
February 18, 2004 |
A federal judge threatened Tuesday to hold National Park Service officials in contempt for violating his orders and deciding last week to allow more snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said he found it "mystifying" that the National Park Service on Wednesday decided to allow 780 snowmobiles per day in Yellowstone after he had ordered last year that no more than 493 be allowed each day this winter.
May 27, 2001 |
The Bush administration on Saturday accepted the gift of an 1,106-acre Rockefeller family ranch that sits within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park, with Vice President Dick Cheney calling it a "grand gesture.' Philanthropist Laurance S. Rockefeller's JY ranch will become a part of the park in five years.
August 16, 2001 |
A National Park Service official said Wednesday that he has yet to see new scientific information to justify overturning a ban on snowmobiling in Yellowstone. Despite charges of "bad science" leveled at the ban, park officials said the snowmobile industry has submitted no new scientific studies challenging it. "It is a disappointment," said John Sacklin, chief of park planning.
October 2, 2013 |
Is your favorite landmark closed because of the budget standoff in Congress? No one knows how long the shutdown will last, but it has affected national parks and the beloved Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. If you have reservations to go to one of the big national parks or the nation's capital, don't cancel just yet. Lonely Planet is offering downloads of free guides that may help travelers come up with alternative things to see -- and rescue...
May 7, 2000
The overseers of Yosemite National Park handled the snowmobile issue the right way and early on. There would be no snowmobiles in any part of the park from 1974 on. That should have been the case as well in Yellowstone, Grand Teton and other parks across the country. But the Park Service winked at an executive order to limit snowmobiles dating back to 1972 and allowed the noisy, highly polluting beasts anyway.
June 7, 2003
Five former directors of the National Park Service and two past superintendents of Yellowstone National Park have mounted an extraordinary protest of the Bush administration's pending decision to allow snowmobile riding to continue in Yellowstone and neighboring Grand Teton National Park. They wrote Secretary of the Interior Gale A. Norton, urging her to reinstate a ban imposed by the Clinton administration.
May 13, 2002
As the Bush administration rolled back many of the Clinton administration's efforts to make the air less likely to cause lung disease, to save the forests from plunder and otherwise to protect people and the environment, the excuse often was that the previous decisions weren't based on "good science." And if the experts support the science underlying a Clinton decision? Apparently Secretary of the Interior Gale A. Norton sees that as an impossibility.