Yellowstone National Park is seeking to update their Fire Management Plan to reflect recent changes in federal fire policy. The Fire Management Plan is the guide that is used by park officials on how to manage wildland fires in Yellowstone.
The first step in updating the plan is to create a new Environmental Assessment by garnering public input on issues that staff will take into consideration. The process known as public scoping is now open and will run through December 20th of this year.
Currently, the park is considering an approach where a greater emphasis on fire suppression may be placed in more developed areas, while leaving managers a broader range of fire management strategies in order to meet park objectives across most of Yellowstone.
Details on the proposal, as well as how to submit comments via the Internet can be found by clicking here http://parkplanning.nps.gov/yell.
There will also be a public meeting on Tuesday, December 6th at 6:30 pm in the Barling Room of the Park County Courthouse in Cody.