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Final Winter Use Rule for Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks Published

The final rule required to implement the November 2004 Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) Temporary Winter Use Plans for winter use in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway was published on November 10, 2004, in the Federal Register. The rule becomes effective 30 days after publication and will be in effect when the parks open for the winter season on December 15, 2004.

The rule ensures that park resources are protected and allows for the use of snowmobiles and snowcoaches in the parks on roads that automobiles use in the summer. The rule authorizes snowmobile and snowcoach use for the next three winters.

The final rule requires, among other things, strict daily limits on the number of snowmobiles that will be allowed in the parks; commercially guided access only in Yellowstone National Park in order to protect wildlife; and the use of commercially available best available technology (BAT) snowmobiles in Yellowstone and most of Grand Teton National Parks to address air emissions and impacts to the natural soundscape.

For the winter season of 2004-2005, the following regulations will be implemented in Yellowstone National Park:

Actions to be implemented in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway include:

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