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May 5, 2011 9:31 PM by Adam Bell and John Sherer - KBZK

Park officials say public input is key to new winter use plan

MAMMOTH - Yellowstone National Park spokesman Al Nash says Park leaders will pay close attention to public comments about a proposed new Winter Use Plan before finalizing any new rules. Nash made his comments just minutes before a scheduled conference call to discuss the elements of the draft, or proposed plan. Nash says there will be local and national public meetings, online conferences and online comments will be accepted about the plan. Nash promises that the park will be responsive to the public input and he says changes could be made in the proposed plan as a result of how people react.

If a new plan is adopted before the beginning of the winter season on December 15 of 2011, the same rules used in the 2010-2011 season will apply. Nash says this will give guides and companies that operate snowmobile and snow coach tours time to prepare for any new rules which would then take effect for the 2012 to 2013 season.

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