Quote of the Day - All reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in houses just as big as they can pay for. - Logan Pearsall Smith
Another Snowmobile Defeat in Yellowstone
There are not as many snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park this year, as I've noted here several times before. Snowmobilers wanted more access, and environmentalists wanted less snowmobiles in the Park, arguing that they caused unnecessary pollution.
U.S. District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan invalidated Bush's plans and ordered the National Park Service to go back to Clinton-era numbers of authorized winter machines. Sullivan sided with the Fund for Animals and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. Snowmobilers are obviously not happy.
Neither are the State of Wyoming, the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association and the Idaho-based Blue Ribbon Commission, an advocacy group for motorized recreation, who have filed appeals. Also, the Department of Interior has filed notice of its intent to appeal.
In another setback yesterday, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals refused to stay Judge Sullivan's decision pending the outcome of the appeals. Click here for a copy of the decision.
Snowmobiles are still out of bounds in the Park.