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Yellowstone Seeks Public Input on Draft Commercial Services Plan

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Date: February 28, 2013

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
February 28, 2013          13-015    

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015


Yellowstone Seeks Public Input on Draft Commercial Services Plan

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on a recently prepared Draft Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) Plan that will help guide commercial services in Yellowstone National Park.

The purpose of the draft plan is to improve the CUA program's consistency with federal laws, policies, and guidelines. Under the proposed new plan, the park would begin issuing new permits and introduce a new fee structure for commercial operators beginning in April 2013, with full implementation to be completed by April 2015. Existing CUA holders would see increased competition and higher fees. The plan also provides an opportunity for new commercial operators to conduct business inside the park.
Many of the aspects of the draft plan will affect both existing and potential CUA holders, including an open application process, new operating plans, new fee schedules, new reporting requirements, NPS staff evaluations, NPS provided training, resource impact monitoring, and increased competition for CUAs if the park determines that the number of authorizations for a particular service category must be limited.

The public is encouraged to attend the following public meetings, which will provide a brief presentation followed by questions and answers. *All meetings will begin at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of the Cody, Wyoming, meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Monday, March 11 in Bozeman, MT: Holiday Inn Jefferson Room, 5 Baxter Lane East

Tuesday, March 12 in Jackson, WY: Lexington Conference Room, 285 North Cache 

Wednesday, March 13 in West Yellowstone, MT: Chamber of Commerce, 30 Yellowstone Ave.

Monday, March 18 in Gardiner, MT: Yellowstone Association, 308 Park St. 

*Wednesday, March 20 in Cody, WY: Park County Library, 1500 Heart Mountain St., 6:30 p.m.

The draft CUA plan and associated operating plans for various activity types are available for public review and comments at the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/cuaplan.

Respondents are encouraged to submit their comments through the PEPC website. Comments may also be mailed to the address above or hand-delivered during normal business hours to the Mailroom in the park's Administration Building in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming. Comments will not be accepted by fax, e-mail, or in any other way than those specified above. Bulk comments in any format (hard copy or electronic) submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted. Comments must be received by midnight MST, March 31, 2013.

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