Eco-Update: Florida for Sale? Snowmobiles in Parks?

<< Back to Page 1   Page 2 of 2

Proposals involving U.S. public lands require a public comment period. In November last year, when 80 percent of public comments opposed snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park, Interior Department officials dismissed the flood of e-mail on grounds it was a non-representative, orchestrated campaign by environmental groups. They chose instead to admit more snowmobiles of the four-stroke type (somewhat less noisy and dirty than the notorious two-stroke variety). Orchestrated? Probably. But nonrepresentative? Research by National Geographic Traveler magazine (November/December 2000) has found that only 20 percent of outdoor recreationists use off-road motor vehicles—snowmobiles, ATVs, and the like—yet over 70 percent of federal public lands in the lower 49 states are open to such recreation.

<< Back to Page 1   Page 2 of 2


SOURCES AND RELATED WEB SITES

ADVERTISEMENT

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S PHOTO OF THE DAY

NEWS FEEDS     After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed.   After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed.

Get our news delivered directly to your desktop—free.
How to Use XML or RSS

National Geographic Daily News To-Go

Listen to your favorite National Geographic news daily, anytime, anywhere from your mobile phone. No wires or syncing. Download Stitcher free today.
Click here to get 12 months of National Geographic Magazine for $15.