Wyoming to get a re-hearing on Yellowstone snowmobile limits

Publish Date: 
Apr 16, 2012

A federal appeals court has agreed to give the state of Wyoming another crack at challenging snowmobile limits at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Over the last decade, proponents of snowmobile use in the parks have argued in a Wyoming federal court, while their opponents have battled in Washington, D.C., federal court.

In 2008, the National Parks Service prepared an environmental assessment for snowmobile use in the parks and proposed allowing 318 snowmobiles per day in Yellowstone and 50 a day in Grand Teton. The proposal also imposed a commercial guide requirement for Yellowstone snowmobilers.
 NPS permanently adopted the rules for Grand Teton, while imposing temporary Yellowstone rules since 2009.

Wyoming and Park County filed separate federal lawsuits seeking review of the 2009 rules, which they claim violate the National Park Service Organic Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and other statutes, according to Courthouse News.

A Wyoming federal judge dismissed the petitions for lack of standing. In late February, the Denver-based 10th Circuit federal appeals court mostly agreed. The court withdrew that decision April 5, granting a petition for rehearing.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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