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Forest Reverts To Interim Rules For Travel In Montana's Gallatin Crest After Court Ruling

Published online: Dec 23, 2011 News

By Association Press

Billings, Mont. - Federal officials say they will continue to allow snowmobiles in a Wilderness study area north of Yellowstone National Park this winter.

The recent announcement from the U.S. Forest Service came after a federal appeals court last week rejected the agency's travel plan for the 155,000-acre study area in the Gallatin National Forest.

Forest officials say that while they work through that ruling, an interim travel plan used over the last three winters will stay in place. That plan limited snowmobile access to 1,800 within the Hyalite Porcupine Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area, also known as the Gallatin Crest.

Agency spokeswoman Marna Daley says no decision has been made on summer use of the Wilderness study area.