BRC and Snowmobile Community Pledge
Defense of Yellowstone Access
GOLDEN, CO (November 11,
2004) -- The BlueRibbon
Coalition and its
partners renewed their pledge today to defend reasonable snowmobile
access to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks following the
November 4, 2004, filing of another lawsuit by the Fund for Animals
over Yellowstone Winter access.
The Fund’s latest suit came days after the Park
Service released its
formal decision to authorize limited snowmobile access to the Park.
suit continues the Fund’s familiar argument that the agency has -- now
for the third time -- failed to analyze adequately the environmental
effects of winter grooming on selected Park roads.
It is along these roads that virtually all winter recreationists access
Yellowstone, whether to appreciate the wildlife and natural beauty with
snowmobiles or snowcoaches, or to use these vehicles to access
desirable skiing or snowshoeing destinations.
President Jack Welch summarized the reaction of the BlueRibbon
Coalition to this latest development in the long-running Yellowstone
"This latest suit surprises no one. Our opponents envision a
Yellowstone without humans in the winter, and will never cease their
efforts to substitute their vision for the reasonable view of the Park
Service. BlueRibbon and its partners in the snowmobile community are
reviewing the Fund's legal challenge and will take appropriate legal
action, as we have since the beginning of this controversy."
Further information is available at www.saveyellowstonepark.com,
including the latest updates on Yellowstone and winter access for this
season to the Parks.
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