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US Congress Votes
to keep Yellowstone Open for Winter Recreation
Haslett, MI (Nov 23, 2004) The United States Senate and
House of Representatives this past weekend enacted legislation
to keep Yellowstone National Park open for winter recreationists.
The legislative action affirms National Park Service
rules to continue limited guided-snowmobile access on
groomed roads in the Park, using only new technology
snowmobiles. The affirmed rules also provide for snowcoach
access and cross-country skiing in Yellowstone and Grand
Teton National Parks this winter.
The snowmobile community salutes and recognizes our elected
officials for supporting American families that hope
to enjoy the Park this winter.
The legislative action overrides efforts by animal rights
activists and environmentalists to close the Park this
winter. One group sought to halt all road grooming and
close the Park to snowmobiles and snowcoaches, preventing
winter visitors from enjoying any of the Park's famous
The legislative action guarantees Yellowstone National
Park will be open to all Americans. Cross country skiers,
snowmobilers, and tourists interested in visiting the
park in snowcoaches will all be welcome to tour the park
on the groomed roadways and enjoy the splendor of the
Old Faithful geyser and the world class accommodations
available at the Snow Lodge. Park Rangers will be able
to continue to patrol the Park and ensure our safety.
As a result of Congress' efforts, the Park will be open
this winter, and jobs will be maintained in the Gateway
Communities. Those jobs generate tax dollars which allow
for the maintenance of the city government and school
systems in the Yellowstone region.
We are confident this will be a great year for winter
enthusiasts in the Yellowstone area. We believe the truth
will prevail and the environmental assessment recommendations,
announced by the National Park Service, will be validated
and Americans will continue to enjoy the park with their
families and friends far into the future.