But the National Park Service is considering changes that could make Yellowstone's peaceful winter landscape dirtier, noisier, and more distruptive to already winter-stressed wildlife.
Take action to protect Yellowstone's unique and fragile winter landscape.
Right now, the National Park Service (NPS) is developing its plan for how Yellowstone will be managed during the winter months for years to come. The NPS's own analysis shows that transitioning to a snowcoach-only transportation system, and phasing out snowmobiles, is the best way to protect the park’s air quality, soundscapes, and wildlife while providing the most reliable visitor access.
Yet the NPS is considering adopting a plan that would actually increase the number of snowmobiles allowed in the park -- on some days by over a hundred, numbers not seen in Yellowstone in decades.
This will lead to greater air pollution in the park and disturb the wildlife who call Yellowstone home. Additionally, the NPS is proposing to drop the requirement that all snowmobile users be accompanied by a commercial professional guide, which could further endanger wildlife
Tell the National Park Service that Yellowstone, our nation's first national park, deserves the highest level of protection possible!
As if that's not bad enough, the NPS is also ignoring its own analysis, which calls for the closing of Sylvan Pass on the park's east side during the winter months. Keeping this entrance open requires park employees to use artillery shelling for avalanche control in critical habitat for lynx and wolverines. Not only is this dangerous for park employees and wildlife, it's extremely expensive for taxpayers, costing about $1,000 per person who uses that entrance.
The NPS is now taking comments on this misguided and dangerous proposal. Submit your comment and make sure they know you don't want more snowmobiles or artillery shelling in Yellowstone!
Thanks to millions of people who care about the future of this incredible place, Yellowstone in winter has come a long way from the days when National Park Service employees wore gas masks at Park entrances and irresponsible snowmobile users harassed wildlife at will. And with your voice, we can help ensure that Yellowstone's winter wonderland continues to be protected.
Thanks for all you do to protect our environment,
Sierra Club Senior Organizing Representative - Bozeman, MT