Yellowstone Releases Winter Use Plan DEIS, Public Meetings Scheduled

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By Jack Welch

Special Project Consultant

BlueRibbon Coalition


The National Park Service (NPS) has just announced the release of the Draft Winter Use Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft Plan/DEIS) for Yellowstone National Park for public review and comment. The Winter Use Plan DEIS analyzes a wide range of alternatives. BRC and our partners will be reviewing the plan and DEIS, and will have suggested comments soon.


Additional details on the Draft EIS, an electronic copy and a form for submitting public comments on the document electronically via the Internet are at the National Park Service's Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at


Once there, click on the "Winter Use Plan" link. You can request a copy of the Draft EIS in compact disc or printed paper form. Submit written, hard copy comments by mail to: National Park Service

Management Assistant's Office

P.O. Box 168

Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190


Comments may be submitted in writing through the PEPC website, in person or by mail. Comments will not be accepted over the phone, by fax or e-mail. No bulk comments will be accepted.


The document is now open for public review and comment. The comment period will close 60 days after the EPA publishes a "Notice of Availability" of the Draft EIS in the Federal Register. That date will be announced soon. A separate, proposed draft federal rule that would be used to implement the park's preferred alternative, if chosen, will be released for its own separate 60-day public review and comment period soon.


The park will hold six public meetings: four local meetings in communities near the park and two national meetings. The schedule for all meetings: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for sign-in and meeting begins at 7 p.m. with a short presentation, followed by an open house and then an opportunity for public comment.


In addition, two public webinars (online "meetings") are scheduled for June 21 and June 22.



Wednesday, June 1, 2011

6:30-9:30 p.m. MDT

The Virginian

750 West Broadway

Jackson, WY 83001


Thursday, June 2, 2011

6:30-9:30 p.m. MDT

Holiday Inn

1701 Sheridan Ave.

Cody, WY 82414


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

6:30-9:30 p.m. MDT

Holiday Inn

315 Yellowstone Avenue

West Yellowstone, MT 59758


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

6:30-9:30 p.m. MDT

Holiday Inn

5 Baxter Lane

Bozeman, MT 59715


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

6:30-9:30 p.m. MDT

Sheraton on Union

360 Union Boulevard

Lakewood, CO 80228


Thursday June 23, 2011

6:30-9:30 p.m. EDT

DAR Presidents General's Assembly Room

1776 D Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20006


The National Park Service intends to have a final EIS, a Record of Decision, and a final rule guiding winter use in place before the start of the 2011-2012 winter season.


For up-to-date information on the Yellowstone Winter Use Issue, go to our website


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