Yellowstone/Greater Rockies

September 2008

Snowmobile use limited in Yellowstone

A federal court struck down the Bush Administration's plan to allow 540 snowmobiles per day in Yellowstone National Park. The court found that allowing such an increase in snowmobile use would result in significant noise and air pollution and traffic that would harm the park's wildlife, as studies by the Park Service had already determined. Instead of more snowmobiles, NRDC has urged the Park Service to expand the use of snowcoaches, which are less polluting and less noisy than conventional snowmobiles. This victory is a huge boon for the millions of visitors who go to Yellowstone every year for its clean air, abundant wildlife and tranquility.