Yellowstone to work on winter use monitoring plan

2013-10-28T12:41:00Z 2013-10-28T16:22:09Z Yellowstone to work on winter use monitoring planGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
October 28, 2013 12:41 pm  • 

Although Yellowstone National Park has finalized its winter-use plan, that doesn't mean it might not be tweaked in the future.

To do that, the park's staff is creating a collaborative Adaptive Management Program to evaluate how the new plan is working.

A public meeting about the program will be held in Bozeman on Nov. 22 at the MSU Engineering and Physical Sciences Building (Room 126) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For those who cannot attend the meeting in person, the NPS will offer the option to participate remotely. Those interested should RSVP to confirm their attendance or remote participation by Nov. 8.

The meeting will outline a roadmap for collaboratively developing a winter-use adaptive management plan; include presentations about the park’s scientific monitoring on winter use; and offer opportunities for public input on adaptive management. 

Some of the measurements the agency will evaluate include: the impacts of snowmobile and snowcoach use to help managers keep impacts within the range predicted under the winter plan; additional data regarding the comparability of a group of snowmobiles versus a snowcoach; and the overall social and ecological impacts of winter use.

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

For more information, visit the program web page: http://www.nps.gov/yell/parkmgmt/wuamp.htm. To RSVP for the meeting, contact Rebecca Garvoille, Yellowstone’s adaptive management coordinator, at 307-344-2265 or email her at: rebecca_garvoille@contractor.nps.gov.

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