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Amid strong summer numbers, Yellowstone sets snowmobile dates

Amid strong summer numbers, Yellowstone sets snowmobile dates

Jul 12, 2012 - The Associated Press

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- The National Park Service plans to hold a series of public meetings to get comment on its proposal to increase the number of snowmobiles and other snow-machines allowed into Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone spokesmen have emphasized that despite proposing to allow more snow machines into the park, they believe that new pollution and noise control requirements on the machines should curtail the environmental effects.

Four public meetings, each starting at 6:30 p.m., have been set in communities surrounding the park:

- Monday, July 16 at The Virginian Lodge in Jackson.

- Tuesday, July 17 at the Holiday Inn in West Yellowstone, Mont.

- Wednesday, July 18 at the Wingate by Wyndham in Bozeman, Mont.

- Thursday, July 19 at the Holiday Inn in Cody.

The number of people visiting Yellowstone National Park last month increased 6 percent from June 2011.

The park says it recorded 674,498 visitors in June, compared to about 634,000 during the month a year ago.

Visitation to the first national park is up overall for the first six months of the year compared to year-ago levels.

The park reports 1.04 million recreational visitors from January through June this year, compared to about 942,000 during the same period in 2011. That is about an 11 percent increase.

July is typically the park's peak visitation month, followed by August, June, September, and May.

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