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Lummis bill seeks to overturn parks' boat ban - Jackson Hole News&Guide: Environmental

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Lummis bill seeks to overturn parks' boat ban

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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013 12:15 am

Wyoming’s U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis introduced a bill in Congress on Friday that could allow kayaking on famed but forbidden whitewater in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks.

Though federal rules already allow boating on many lakes in Grand Teton and on much of the Snake River, boats are forbidden on tributaries and numerous smaller lakes.

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2 comments:

  • Amy Hatch posted at 9:29 pm on Sat, Nov 16, 2013.

    Amy H Posts: 1

    Well done article. Managed access to such a paddling Mecca makes a lot of sense. We have an amazing backyard - one that should be enjoyed via low-impact, human-powered travel and also one that needs to be carefully protected based on sound science and best practices. I see no reason why paddling shouldn't take its place alongside angling and hiking as an acceptable, permitted activity in Yellowstone and Grand Teton.

     
  • Brad Meiklejohn posted at 7:03 pm on Sat, Nov 16, 2013.

    Bradmeiklejohn Posts: 1

    The American Packrafting Association (APA) is pleased to learn that legislation has been introduced by U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis to allow hand-propelled boating on rivers in Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and the Elk Refuge. The APA is cautiously optimistic that this bill will overturn a 60 year ban on boating that was originally put in place to prevent overfishing.

    River conservation is one of the top priorities for our organization. While we have not yet seen the text of Rep. Lummis's bill, we are mindful of the need for careful regulation and management of recreation on these rivers.

    The paddling community is accustomed to regulated rivers where limited numbers and leave-no-trace practices are the norm. The APA supports these management strategies so that the wilderness character of rivers in Yellowstone and Grand Teton are maintained.

    We look forward to working with the National Park Service, the paddling community and conservation interests to develop river management plans that protect wilderness values while allowing low-impact recreation.

    Brad Meiklejohn, President
    American Packrafting Association

     
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