Washington (AP) The National Park Service is backing off a
proposal that would have allowed more snowmobiles and all–terrain vehicles on federal lands. The original proposal would have permitted them as long as they didn't irreversibly harm national parks.
Under the new draft policy, they wouldn't be allowed if they caused harm, even if it wasn't permanent. It would also leave current snowmobile and off–road regulations in place.
Environmentalists say they're still making their way through the 200–page policy but so far it seems like it would be better than the previous policy. Some aren't convinced the park service needed to change the current policy.
Colorado Congressman Ken Salazar, a Democrat, says he'll review the changes with a watchful eye.
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