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Yellowstone To Remove Illegal Trail in Bechler Backcountry

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Date: August 30, 2013

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 30, 2013          13-077    

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015
YELL_Public_Affairs@nps.gov

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Yellowstone To Remove Illegal Trail in Bechler Backcountry

A portion of the southwestern corner of Yellowstone National Park will be temporarily closed starting September 4.

The closure is needed so park staff can repair, restore and recover a section of previously pristine backcountry where an illegal trail has caused resource damage.

A remote section of the Bechler area along the southwest boundary of the park will be closed while repairs are underway. This closure will not affect any visitors using the park’s authorized trail system.

Signs and maps will be posted at access points along that section of the park boundary.

Anyone having specific questions about this closure may contact the Chief Ranger’s Office at 307-344-2101 or the Bechler Ranger Station at 406-581-7071 for more information.

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