Montana Outdoors

November 21, 2007

Once again, the Parks lose

Filed under: Conservation, Environment, Idaho, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Wyoming — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:09 am

The issue was whether to permit 540 snowmobiles per day into Yellowstone or limit winter access to guided snow coaches.


“Snowmobile opponents wanted to see the machines eliminated from the park, saying they cause air and noise pollution, while snowmobile supporters want more, arguing many local businesses rely on income from snowmobilers.”

So, the argument was reducing air and noise pollution in the Parks versus local businesses relying on income from snowmobilers, and
guess who won?

THE INFAMOUS MAGIC WORDS “public access” again!


  1. Surprise, surprise.

    My income relies on people seeking medical attention. Do you suppose we could have teams schedule unnecessary surgeries just for profit? Oh, wait…


    Comment by Pinhole — November 21, 2007 @ 4:24 pm

  2. I could suggest some surgical procedures for a few members of congress! Maybe that would help.


    Comment by montucky — November 21, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

  3. 540 snowmobiles/day!? That’s terrible! 200/day would be more reasonable. I can’t believe they would allow that many per day. This is much like allowing ATVs anywhere and everywhere they want to go. It’s also a lot like allowing those noisy machines on the lakes and dams of this country. All are dangerous, especially when operated by young and careless individuals.


    Comment by Mary Carlson — November 23, 2007 @ 4:02 pm

  4. Yes, it is a lot. I can’t figure out why they just didn’t permit the alternative, of guided snow coaches. That way folks could see the sights and it would be far less intrusive to the wildlife and the environment.


    Comment by montucky — November 23, 2007 @ 5:02 pm

  5. I can’t believe you all are complaining about less than 1100 people a day entering Yellowstone! That’s assuming that all 540 snowmobiles have two riders. Which about 1/3 will not. Do any of you know how many cars enter Yellowstone in the summer months? There is more pollution put in the air in one HOUR in the summer than one DAY in the winter.
    As for the ridiculous comment about the snowmobiles being dangerous, Mary Carlson has obviously never been through Yellowstone in the winter. The Park Rangers enforce the traffic safety laws with zeal all winter long. Anyone caught going off the groomed surface, speeding, or riding recklessly is immediately ticketed. The fines aren’t cheap and since it’s a National Park the ticket is federal and therefore worse for the individual than any state ticket could be. And the Rangers have the fastest, loudest sleds in the Park!
    For those of you that think the four stroke snowmobiles that the outfitters are using are noisy and filling the air with pollution, you need to get off of your soapboxes and do some actual factual research. The new four strokes produce less harmful emissions than a Harley Davidson, and are muffled to reduce sound down to the minimum.
    As for the guided snow coaches, that might be alright with the tour bus full of geriatrics, but to really see Yellowstone and enjoy it each individual should be able to pilot their own vehicle at their own pace, with the guide and stops of their choice. What are you going to do, put the snow coaches on a track like in Jurassic Park? They could even have there own narrative! Then everyone would get the same cookie cuter experience from the park! No individual experience of the most awe inspiring place I’ve spent most of my childhood exploring!!! Let’s stand in a bread line too!!! If we’re going to be socialists, we might as well go all the way!


    Comment by Moo — November 27, 2007 @ 2:14 pm

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