|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||December 17, 2003|
|Contact:||Kate Himot, NPCA, 202-454-3311|
Judge Supports Yellowstone Snowmobile Phase-out Plan
Deny Galvin, a former deputy director of the Park Service under both Presidents Reagan and Clinton and during the first year of President Bush's administration, was in the courtroom for the hearing on Monday. After hearing the judge's ruling Tuesday evening, Galvin said, "Yellowstone is where our country first said, 'This is what our national parks mean to us.' This ruling reaffirms that fundamental purpose. Our duty is to take care of our national parks as fully as possible so that we pass them in good health to our grandchildren. Had we let that principle slip in Yellowstone to benefit the snowmobile industry, it would have set a terrible precedent in all our national parks."
Conservation groups involved in the case are: Greater Yellowstone Association, National Parks Conservation Association, The Wilderness Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, and Winter Wildlands. Earthjustice represented the groups in court.