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Jackson Hole Snowmobile Hill Climb Features BRC Outreach

April 08, 2013 5:25 PM
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Jack Welch, BRC Volunteer Consultant, at the Jackson Hole Hill Climb.

JACKSON, WY (April 8, 2013) -- The Jackson Snow Devils once again provided the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) a booth near the food vendor area at their yearly Hill Climb event. The event was a very successful one for BRC, and provided an outstanding location for outreach on issues affecting snowmobilers.

At our booth, I discussed the just released Yellowstone Winter Use SEIS and other snowmobile related subjects, such as the Winter Wildlands legal action against the Forest Service in Idaho over the OHV Rule, and, of course, concerns about potential new Wilderness areas in the region.

Jackson Hole Hill Climb, 2013

‬The event was cold but that did not stop attendance. The temperatures Thursday through Sunday were a range of 20 to 32 with light winds. The total crowd for the four day event was up, with the Jackson Snow Devils Club estimating about 10,000 people in attendance for the various events.

For my main outreach I handed out information on the Final New Winter Use Plan for Yellowstone National Park and its new preferred alternative. From a positive standpoint, the new preferred alternative has the potential of having enough of a foundation to create a very good plan. In the Preferred Alternative, the Park Service has increased the number of non-commercially guided groups from one daily to four that can access the Park each day. In addition, the plan calls for increased snowmobile access to the Park, with up to 500 total entries on peak days.

We should hear from the Park Service regarding the next step in the process in mid-April or early-May, with the release of the "Proposed Rule" with a 60 day comment period. This Rule will govern how the final Winter Use Plan is implemented. To stay informed on the Winter Use Issue, visit www.saveyellowstonepark.org regularly for updates.

Jackson Hole Hill Climb, 2013

‬In addition to Yellowstone and other snowmobile issues, I talked to snowmobilers from across the country about becoming a BRC members. These efforts were rewarded with a number of new members to help us in our battle to preserve public access.

Another highlight of the four day Hill Climb was being interviewed by the roving infield announcer, and receiving their thanks for BRC's efforts in Yellowstone and for keeping the National Forest open to snowmobilers. This interview was on Saturday when thousands of spectators were present.

I'd like to thank the Jackson Hole Snow Devils Snowmobile Club, who puts on the World Championship Hill Climb each year, for providing BRC with a free booth at the event again this year.

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November 23, 2015 3:16 PM
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