Yellowstone National Park Extends Public Comment Period for Bison Draft Management Environmental Impact Statement
Written by Press Release on September 25, 2023
Originally, the public comment period was scheduled to close on Monday, September 25. Park officials decided to extend to public comment period by 15 additional days to allow the public a full 60 days to comment. All comments must be received by October 10.
The press release reads:
MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – Yellowstone National Park released the draft Bison Management Environmental Impact Statement for public comment on Aug. 10. The public comment period, originally scheduled to close Sept. 25, has been extended by 15 additional days to allow the public a full 60 days to comment. All comments must be received by Oct.10, 2023.
The Draft EIS introduces a broad range of actions for managing bison inside the park. This plan allows the NPS to evaluate bison management based on new scientific information and changed circumstances, explore ways to reduce bison being sent to slaughter, and to continue working closely with Tribal Nations and agency partners in management. The Draft EIS will also consider the bison management actions likely to occur on lands outside the park in Montana, while acknowledging the NPS does not have jurisdiction or control over actions such as hunting or tolerance for bison beyond the park boundary.
Interested individuals, organizations and agencies are encouraged to provide written comments regarding the alternatives, information and analyses presented in the draft EIS. The preferred method for submitting comments during the comment period is online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/YellowstonebisonEIS. Comments may also be mailed or hand-delivered to: Superintendent, Attn: Bison Management Plan, PO Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190.