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Park Service opposes bill opening Yellowstone rivers to paddlers

A canoeist paddles along the southeast arm of Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park.

The head of the National Park Service is "strongly opposed" to proposed legislation that would open rivers in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks to paddlers, saying the bill caters to "the benefit of a very select few." In a Nov. 13 letter to Rep. Bob Bishop (R-Utah), chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said the bill would hamper his agency's ability to properly manage Yellowstone's rivers and other natural resources. Continue Reading →

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Proposed law could ban bicyclists from some roads in Grand Teton National Park

Ben Martin rides along a multipurpose pathway in Grand Teton National Park in October 2011. Martin opposes a proposed federal law that would require bikers to use pathways instead of adjacent roads. (Photo ©2011 Breeanne Martin)

A paved multipurpose pathway that stretches eight miles through part of Grand Teton National Park has received high marks from bicyclists since it opened in 2009, but some of those same bikers worry that a proposed federal law may force them off the adjacent highway and require them to use only the pathway. The situation is not unique to Grand Teton. A pending federal transportation spending bill, dubbed the "mandatory sidepath law" by opponents, would require cyclists to use paved bike paths on any federal lands where the path is within 100 yards of a federal road with a speed limit of 30 mph or higher. Continue Reading →

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