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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso and Representative Cynthia Lummis, all R-Wyo., are encouraging Cody residents to bring their thoughts to the table at an open house on March 22 that will help determine winter use guidelines for snowmobiles and snowcoaches in Yellowstone National Park.
“The City of Cody and others in Northwest Wyoming are greatly impacted when it comes to winter use in Yellowstone National Park because it is a gateway to the Park. Cody residents have always participated in this process in the past and I am pleased that the Park Service is holding this meeting to make it easier for residents to be heard,” Enzi said.
“This is a crucial forum for Cody residents, business owners and community leaders. Proper management of our national parks is critical to our state and the nation as a whole. Instead of limiting access to these lands, Washington should ensure year-round access to Wyoming’s natural treasures,” Barrasso said.
“It is critically important that people in Cody and the surrounding area make their voices heard regarding the winter use plan for Yellowstone,” Lummis said. “Keeping the East Gate of the Park open to snowmobiles and snowcoaches during the winter months is essential to creating jobs and keeping businesses open in Park County.  I am pleased the Park Service is holding this public forum and I encourage residents to participate.”
Wyoming’s Congressional Delegation asked the Park Service to hold a meeting in Cody during the park’s public “scoping” period for the winter use plan. Residents are encouraged to write down their comments after attending the session or to have them prepared as they enter.
Two events will be held on Monday, March 22 with Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Suzanne Lewis to address the issue. At noon, there will be a short presentation by Lewis on the Park’s new Winter Use Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the current winter season in the Park and at the East Entrance and other items of interest. Then there will be an open house from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to promote and share information on the scoping process for the Winter Use EIS. Park staff will be available to answer questions about the scoping process. Both events will be held in the Cody Club Room located at 1240 Beck Avenue in Cody, Wyo.
For an address to send written comments to or more information from the National Park Service Web site, click here. For more information on the meetings, call the Cody Chamber of Commerce at (307) 587-2777.