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BlueRibbon Coalition BRC: Yellowstone Releases Winter Use Plan DEIS - Public Meetings Scheduled

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    Jan 13, 2011
    Date: 05/06/2011
    Yellowstone Releases Winter Use Plan DEIS - Public Meetings Scheduled
    Dear Action Alert Subscribers,
    The National Park Service (NPS) has just announced the release of the Draft Winter Use Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft Plan/DEIS) for Yellowstone National Park for public review and comment. The Winter Use Plan DEIS analyzes a wide range of alternatives. BRC and our partners will be reviewing the plan and DEIS, and will have suggested comments soon.
    Additional details on the Draft EIS, an electronic copy, and a form for submitting public comments on the document electronically via the Internet are at the National Park Service's Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/yell. Once there, click on the "Winter Use Plan" link. You can request a copy of the Draft EIS in compact disc or printed paper form. Submit written, hard copy comments by mail to: National Park Service, Management Assistant's Office, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190. Comments may be submitted in writing through the PEPC website, in person, or by mail. Comments will not be accepted over the phone, by fax, or email. No bulk comments will be accepted.
    The document is now open for public review and comment. The comment period will close 60 days after the EPA publishes a "Notice of Availability" of the Draft EIS in the Federal Register. That date will be announced soon. A separate, proposed draft federal rule that would be used to implement the park's preferred alternative, if chosen, will be released for its own separate 60-day public review and comment period soon.
    The park will hold six public meetings: four local meetings in communities near the park and two national meetings. The schedule for all meetings: Doors open at 6:30 for sign-in and meeting begins at 7:00 with a short presentation, followed by an open house and then an opportunity for public comment.
    In addition, two public webinars (online "meetings") are scheduled for June 21 and June 22.
    Wednesday, June 1, 2011 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. MDT
    The Virginian
    750 West Broadway
    Jackson, WY 83001
    Thursday, June 2, 2011 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. MDT
    Holiday Inn
    1701 Sheridan Ave.
    Cody, WY 82414
    Tuesday, June 7, 2011 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. MDT
    Holiday Inn
    315 Yellowstone Avenue
    West Yellowstone, MT 59758
    Wednesday, June 8, 2011 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. MDT
    Holiday Inn
    5 Baxter Lane
    Bozeman, MT 59715
    Tuesday, June 21, 2011 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. MDT
    Sheraton on Union
    360 Union Boulevard
    Lakewood, CO 80228
    Thursday June 23, 2011 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. EDT
    DAR Presidents General's Assembly Room
    1776 D Street, N.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20006
    The National Park Service intends to have a final EIS, a Record of Decision, and a final rule guiding winter use in place before the start of the 2011-2012 winter season.
    For up-to-date information on the Yellowstone Winter Use Issue, go to our website www.saveyellowstonepark.com
    Thanks in advance for your support,
    Jack Welch
    Special Project Consultant
    BlueRibbon Coalition

    The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education, and collaboration among recreationists. 1-800-BlueRib - www.sharetrails.org
    As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visit http://www.sharetrails.org/make-a-difference-now to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!

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