The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on issuing concession contracts for commercially guided saddle and pack stock use in Yellowstone National Park (YNP). An Environmental Assessment (EA) that includes three alternatives was analyzed. These alternatives include: Alternative A- No Action, no commercial saddle and pack stock outfitter-guide permits would be issued. Alternative B (44) 10- year concessions contracts to commercial saddle and pack stock outfitter-guides, with a continuation of current management actions. Alternative C would also issue (44) concessions contracts, but includes increased monitoring, the potential for a shorter contract term, and management flexibility to respond to resource impacts. Alternative C is YNP's preferred alternative.
The Environmental Assessment (EA) and an electronic form to submit comments can be found at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/stockEA
. A hard copy can also be requested by calling (307) 344-7147, or by writing to Compliance Office, Attention: Commercial Stock Outfitter Concession Contracts EA, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.
Respondents are encouraged to submit their comments through the PEPC website. To comment please click the "Open for Comment" link at the left, then click on the "Commercial Stock Outfitter Concession Contracts EA".
Comments may also be mailed to the address above or hand-delivered during normal business hours to the Mailroom in the park's Administration Building in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming.Comments will not be accepted by fax, e-mail, or in any manner other than those specified above. Bulk comments submitted in any format on behalf of others will not be accepted. Comments must be received by midnight MDT, January 10, 2014.
Once comments are analyzed, a decision to implement the plan will be made by the Regional Director of the Intermountain Region of the NPS.
Al Nash or Dan Hottle (307)344-2015