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Yellowstone’s North Entrance Plan Approved
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone's North Entrance Plan Approved
A new plan designed to relieve traffic congestion and improve safety at Yellowstone National Park's historic North Entrance has been approved.
A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) allowing construction to begin on the Gardiner, Montana, North Entrance and associated Park Street infrastructure was signed by the National Park Service Intermountain Region Director October 13. An Environmental Assessment (EA) proposing three alternatives was released for public review and comment in July 2011.
Among the highlights of the approved preferred alternative:
• A new entrance station complex will be built to better facilitate entry into the park, allowing visitors the option of entering Yellowstone through the historic Roosevelt Arch or traveling over a new access road to bypass congestion.
Improvements will be completed in phases during the early spring and late fall periods as funding becomes available to reduce the impact on day to day operations around the entrance.
Copies of the EA and the FONSI, along with several maps that illustrate details of the improvements are available on the National Park Service Planning, Environmental and Public Comment (PEPC) Web site at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/yell.
Did You Know?
The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.