Yellowstone Riding Controversy

Posted: April 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

Yellowstone National Park is one of the best places to ride a snowmobile. It offers the most gnarly hill climbs and great powder. Because of it’s awesome terrain it offers endless opportunities, and sometimes injuries. Due to the injuries the government is, or has been, attempting to close it off, along with other national parks from snowmobilers. 

I thought this would be an important subject to brief over, as most snowmobilers may not be informed on the topic up to date. On April 13, 2012, a Denver appeals court decided to rehear the case concerning these regulations. On February 29, the decision came through on the federal limitations of snowmobiles as “the alleged injuries were not only generalized grievances, but also speculative and hypothetical economic interests not sufficient to demonstrate and injury to concrete interest.” This decision was then appealed by Park County’s Snowmobile Manufactures Association Inc. as they requested a rehearing by petition, stating they they have a right to influence rules because the federal ruling affected local economics. 

This is a controversy seen happening all over the world. Opponents say snowmobiling affects wildlife and “air structure”. First of all, snowmobiles ride solely on snow and do not affect the ground or wildlife or their habitat. Second of all, the air doesn’t have structure, and all the green freaks’ miniature smart cars probably emit more gases that harm the “air structure” even more than a snowmobile. As of now, Yellowstone has allowed a temporary snowmobile access rule for the 2011-2012 season to eclipse in March. This access rule only allows 318, wherever they got that number, professionally guided, pollution controlled snowmobiles into yellowstone daily. Its a shame that people are so worried about the “air structure” and tracks snowmobiles leave IN THE SNOW, that melts, to the extent of ruining someone else’s fun. 




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