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Reminder: Yellowstone To Update The Public On The Winter Use Adaptive Management Program

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Date: June 2, 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
June 2, 2014               14-036    

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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Reminder: Yellowstone To Update The Public On The Winter Use Adaptive Management Program

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 strategies for the winter use adaptive management plan. The plan 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 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 at 265 South Cache Street 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 online. Interested parties should RSVP to confirm their attendance or remote participation before June 3, 2014 by contacting Alicia Murphy, Yellowstone’s adaptive management program coordinator, at (307) 344-2627 or alicia_murphy@nps.gov. 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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