National Park Service December 12, 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Winter Use Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement Amended Record of Decision, Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming
Document Number: 2012-29914
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Pursuant to Sec. 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Amended Record of Decision for the Winter Use Plan for Yellowstone National Park, located in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. On December 3, 2012, the Regional Director, Intermountain Region, approved the Amended Record of Decision for the plan. The NPS will implement this decision through an implementing regulation that will take effect on December 15, 2012.
Special Regulations; Areas of the National Park System, Yellowstone National Park
Document Number: 2012-29911
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
This rule implements the amended Record of Decision for the 2011 Winter Use Plan/Environmental Impact Statement and governs winter visitation and certain recreational activities in Yellowstone National Park for the 2012-2013 winter season. The rule retains, for one additional year, the regulation and management framework that have been in place for the past three winter seasons (2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2011-2012). Specifically, the rule retains provisions that require most recreational snowmobiles operating in the park to meet certain National Park Service air and sound emissions requirements; requires snowmobiles and snowcoaches in Yellowstone to be accompanied by a commercial guide; sets daily entry limits on the numbers of snowmobiles (up to 318) and snowcoaches (up to 78) that may enter the park; and prohibits traveling off designated oversnow routes.