Yellowstone is considering changes that would impact business operators in the park
CASPER, Wyo. – Yellowstone National Park is considering changes to its Commercial Use Authorization (AUC) and service-related operating plans that would affect the park’s commercial operators.
The revised plans that are being proposed would guide how commercial services can operate in the park over the next five years.
“The purpose of these revisions is to update the existing AUC and operating plans, last approved in 2013,” Yellowstone said Tuesday. “These revisions would improve the consistency of the CUA program with federal laws, policies and guidelines, and adapt to the changing needs and interests of visitors. The park would start operating under this new plan as of January 1, 2022. “
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The new plans will affect current and future AUC licensees. Yellowstone explains the types of trading operators and plan updates as follows:
- AUC activity-based: bike tours, environmental education tours, ski / snowshoeing, motorized boating, non-motorized boating, overnight backcountry trips, painting and photography workshops, river and shore fishing, road transport (groups 1 to 25), wedding and portrait photography and wedding and portrait photography in one sitting.
- AUC service-based: towing and auto services (RV and RV appliance repair, tire repair, locksmith) and water access (specific to the Yellowstone River in Gardiner, MT ).
- AUC applications are accepted year round. Applications can be submitted at any time during the current operating year from January 1 to December 31 (the previous application period was from October 1 to March 1). Applications for the following year of operation will be accepted as of October 1 of the current year.
- The AUC permit application fee is $ 300 per year for each AUC based on the requested activity (remains unchanged), $ 150 every two years for a service-based AUC, and $ 100 per AUC for wedding photography and photography. portrait in one session.
- The management fees remain unchanged and include 3%, 4% or 5% of the annual gross receipts. Additional fees are not required for Service Based or Single Session Wedding and Portrait Photography CUA.
The public can comment on the revised plans until November 23.
“Comments can be submitted online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/YELLCUA or by mail,” Yellowstone said. “Comments will not be accepted by fax, email or other means. ”
People should send their comments to:
- Compliance Office, Attention: CUA Plan Revisions
- PO Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190
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