A rider was successfully attached to a recently passed Interior Appropriations bill that directs the National Park Service to keep in effect for the upcoming winter season the current rule which authorizes up to 720 snowmobiles each day in Yellowstone National Park. This effectively blocks the federal courts (and anti-access groups) from barring the use of snowmobiles in the park this winter.
But this battle is far from over. The anti-access groups are continuing with their legal action to close the park to ALL winter visitors. Considering how clean and quiet the Best Available Technology (BAT) snowmobiles are which enter the park, how far behind can summer visitors be from also being denied access?
The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) filed a petition for the courts to look at â€œjudge shoppingâ€ that the anti-access groups perform, looking for those who are more apt to rule in their favor. ISMA has asked that any suits be heard in Wyoming.
On a positive note, the Wyoming Restaurant and Lodging Association is continuing their legal action in Wyoming to change some of the current restrictions, including the â€œcommercial guide requirementâ€ for all groups entering Yellowstone.