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Open Houses Slated to Provide Update on Winter Use Planning

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Date: March 2, 2006
Contact: Nash, (307) 344-2010
Contact: Vallie, (307) 344-2012

Open houses are scheduled for Bozeman and Jackson in mid-March in order for the National Park Service (NPS) to provide an update on Winter Use Planning for Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway.

The NPS is working on a long-term plan for managing winter recreational use in the parks. The next formal step in the process is to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). These open houses allow for public dialog on a range of preliminary alternatives that may be evaluated in the Draft EIS, which will be released for public review and comment in the fall.

While targeted for representatives of cooperating agencies and non-governmental interest groups who have been participating in the winter use planning process, anyone with an interest in winter use planning in the parks is welcome to attend.

The open houses will be held:

Tuesday, March 14, 2006 from 3-7 pm
Best Western GranTree Inn
1325 North 7th Avenue – Bozeman, MT

Thursday, March 16, 2006 from 3-7 pm
Snow King Resort
400 East Snow King Avenue – Jackson, WY

These sessions will open with a brief presentation, followed by an opportunity for public review of the draft preliminary alternatives and dialog with NPS staff, allowing for consideration of substantial or unanticipated concerns about the preliminary alternatives.

For those unable to attend one of these sessions, the presentation and details on the range of preliminary alternatives will be posted after the open houses on the winter use website at www.nps.gov/yell/winteruse.htm.

Did You Know?

Dog Hooked to Travois for Transporting Goods.

Some groups of Shoshone Indians, who adapted to a mountain existence, chose not to acquire the horse. These included the Sheep Eaters, or Tukudika, who used dogs to transport food, hides, and other provisions. The Sheep Eaters lived in many locations in Yellowstone.