“This bill would remove an outdated federal ban on paddling that was instituted because of overfishing but today imposes a barrier to the responsible enjoyment of these waterways by the public,” said Rep. Lummis. “I took great care to preserve the discretion of park managers to actually manage paddling as they do any other recreational activity in the parks, and to ensure park managers have the time and resources necessary to go through the proper studies and analysis. The end result will be yet another way for the public to have truly unforgettable experiences enjoying the Wyoming treasures that are Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.”
The Yellowstone and Grand Teton Paddling Act:
Reinforces the authority of park service management over waterways within their jurisdiction.
Improves an overly broad, outdated federal ban on paddling from the 1950’s only when a new management plan is in place.
Gives sufficient time according to the requests of the Park Service for the rulemaking process as well as a National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) review.
Ensures that the National Park Service remains in charge of all management and supervision of access for paddlers through their agency rulemaking.
Creates an open, public process where folks can ask about their priority areas and gives an avenue for assurance of conservation.
Supports the NPS’ authority to monitor hand propelled watercraft as well as charge cost recovery fees for registration.
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