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Draft Winter Use Adaptive Management Plan

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This draft 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 draft 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 draft 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.

The NPS is seeking your comments on this draft plan. Comments are due by August 21, 2015. To review and provide a comment on the document, click the Open for Public Comment link on the left-hand side of this screen.

Additionally, Yellowstone National Park will hold a public meeting on August 10th, 2015 at 10:00 am at the Visitor Information Center in West Yellowstone, Mont. to update the public on the development of the draft plan and the first year of monitoring, discuss public feedback on the draft plan, and engage the public in helping the Park prioritize metrics for monitoring.

At the conclusion of the public comment period, the NPS will analyze and consider all feedback received for inclusion in the final Adaptive Management Plan, scheduled for release in 2016.

Contact Information
Christina Mills
Outdoor Recreation Planner
(307) 344-2320