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Mediator to come to Cody for Sylvan Pass

Enzi hopeful, but cautious about outcome

October 12, 2007

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., made the following comments after getting official word from Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Suzanne Lewis that a mediator will be in Cody on Monday to meet with select county, state and community officials to discuss the next course of action regarding Sylvan Pass.

"The Park Service made the wrong decision when they recommended closure of Sylvan Pass in the Final Environmental Impact Statement. There is still time to make things right and change that decision before the Record of Decision is signed. I spoke with Mike Snyder, who will sign the final Record of Decision, about my objections to closing the pass. I asked that he do what is necessary to keep Sylvan Pass open," said Enzi. "It looks like he is taking my request seriously and is looking for a solution to keep the pass open, instead of justification to close it. I appreciate this gesture and hope it’s more than just a gesture. A mediator willing to listen is an important step. Area residents and I, as well as the other members of Wyoming’s congressional delegation have been vocal about our opposition to closure from the start, but up until now our concerns seemed to have fallen on deaf ears. Hopefully that won’t be the case now, but the true tale will be told by the Park Service’s final action regarding the pass. We’ve been hopeful before, but history concerning our dealings with the Park Service has not always been kind."

Snyder is the Park Service’s Intermountain Region Director and the final decision maker on this matter. He will evaluate the Final EIS and sign the Record of Decision (ROD). The ROD will govern future winter use in Yellowstone.