Governor Matt Mead has asked Yellowstone National Park to allow more public access to the park during winter months, according to a release from the Governor's office Tuesday. Mead explains his appeal.
Mead's letter to Superintendent of Yellowstone, Daniel Wenk, details 11 pages of why and how Wyoming and surrounding states and the park would both benefit from greater year-round access.
One of Mead's arguments in the letter is that the snowmobile limit of 330 per day, right now, is no different in terms of affecting air quality compared with a proposed 520 per day.
The letter includes proposals like keeping Sylvan Pass near the East Entrance open more, and the socioeconomic impact on surrounding communities of allowing more access.