Snowmobile advocates reacted immediately, calling the ban a "predetermined" decision of the National Park Service that will wreck the region's winter economy. "There will be extremely limited access," says Teton County commissioner Bill Paddleford.
Environmentalists celebrated the decision. "A Yellowstone winter without clean air and quiet is like a Vermont autumn without colorful leaves," says Jon Catton of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.
The plan will phase out snowmobiles by cutting traffic in half in the winter of 2002-2003, says Yellowstone spokeswoman Marsha Karle.
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To comment on the plan before Oct. 31, write to Clifford Hawkes, NPS, 12795 West Alameda Parkway, Lakewood, CO 80228, or find the report on the Internet at www.nps.gov/planning.