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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., commented today on lifting the snowmobile ban in Yellowstone National Park.

"A complete snowmobile ban was a an ill-conceived notion from the start and I have worked to protect access to the park.

"I am pleased that President Bush is carefully considering all proposals on lifting the ban on snowmobiles. I'm confident that in working with the new Administration, environmental and economic interests, we can develop a more reasonable alternative than the one established by the Clinton/Gore White House that would have banned access to all but a limited number of visitors to Yellowstone.

"All proposals to rectify this issue should be weighed carefully and should include local involvement. The Clinton Administration ban was a directive from bureaucrats who took their cue from well-financed, special interest groups.

"We don't have to reinvent the wheel in order to develop a management plan that will protect the parks without turning away the people. We must protect the environment, but this can be done in a reasonable manner that allows responsible use. We have the technology and the will to reasonably limit the number of snowmobiles and require them to be clean and quiet. We can protect the environment and ensure visitor access. A complete ban is unreasonable and extreme."