Winter Use Adaptive Management Plan
This Winter Use Adaptive Management Plan is part of an effort to continually improve the management of winter use in Yellowstone National Park using the best available science and public input.
The plan provides direction for the Winter Use Adaptive Management Program, which has three primary objectives:
1. To evaluate the impacts of oversnow vehicle use and help managers implement actions that keep impacts within the range predicted under the Winter Use Plan/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement,
2. To gather additional data regarding the comparability of impacts from a group of snowmobiles versus a snowcoach, and
3. To reduce impacts on park resources after implementation of the final rule by gathering additional data regarding the overall social and ecological impacts of winter use and using those data to guide future management decisions.
The plan was developed with input from working groups comprised of members of the public who contribute expertise across six impact topics. It outlines a strategy to identify which affected resources should be most closely monitored and evaluated, how these resources should be monitored, and how the NPS will continually engage the public throughout this process.
Concessions Management Specialist