Dear Mr. Hawkes:
I wish to comment on the Draft Winter Visitor Use Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. I support snowmobiling in the Parks. I support a modification of Alternative E that will:
· Apply adaptive planning that uses new information as it is developed to responsibly manage winter recreation in the Parks.
· Protect the Grand Loop snowmobiling experience, with snowmobile access from all current entrances. Maintain the Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail.
· Reasonably regulate snowmobiles for emissions and sound. I support the Environmental Protection Agency's process in regulating emissions. The National Park Service should follow EPA guidelines for emissions when they are developed.
· Provide non-motorized opportunities and trails away from main motorized routes.
I oppose the preferred Alternative B that would plow the road from West Yellowstone to Old Faithful. The DEIS has not accurately or sufficiently considered the impact of this alternative on surrounding communities, visitor expectation and experience, wildlife, and the resource.
National Parks are established for the use and enjoyment of people. While the Park's resources must be protected for the future, today's special winter visitor experience must also be protected. Touring Yellowstone by snowmobile combines the grandeur of the Park's unique features with the freedom to experience it directly. The Winter Visitor Use Plan must protect this experience.
Thank you for considering my comments. Please, put my name on your mailing list so I can be kept informed on this issue.
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