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Yellowstone To Update The Public On The Adaptive Management Program For Winter Use

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Date: May 12, 2014

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2014             14-030    

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 Update The Public On The Adaptive Management Program For Winter Use

 
Yellowstone National Park invites the public to a meeting to discuss progress made on the park’s winter use adaptive management program on June 4 in Jackson, Wyoming.

The adaptive management program is a collaborative process between park managers, scientists, and the public, which the park will use to evaluate the implementation of the park’s new winter use management plan. The program is designed to allow the National Park Service (NPS) to gather more information about the impacts of winter use on park resource conditions through scientific monitoring and to seek additional public input. Managers will consider this additional information to assess and improve the management of winter use in Yellowstone National Park in a manner that reduces impacts on park resources or improves visitor experience.

Working groups comprised of members of the public and NPS staff spent the winter drafting chapters of the winter use adaptive management plan. These chapters will propose priorities for NPS monitoring and research focusing on five impact topics: Wildlife, Air and Sound Emissions, Human Dimensions, Operations and Technology, and the Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program.

To present and receive feedback on draft priorities for the five impact topics and continue discussions on Yellowstone’s adaptive management program, the park will hold a face-to-face meeting on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in Jackson, Wyo. at the Center for the Arts from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For people and organizations who cannot attend the meeting in-person, the NPS will offer the option to participate remotely. Interested parties should RSVP to confirm their attendance or remote participation before May 23, 2014 by contacting Alicia Murphy, Yellowstone’s Adaptive Management Coordinator, at (307) 344-2627 or alicia_murphy@nps.gov.

NPS staff expects to present a draft adaptive management plan for winter use to the public in late summer 2014, and to complete a final adaptive management and monitoring plan by the 2016-2017 winter season.

For more information about the adaptive management program, please visit the program web page: http://www.nps.gov/yell/parkmgmt/wuamp.htm.

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