Yellowstone is considering modifications to its Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) and operational for service-related services that could impact commercial operators in the , a report said.
The newbeing discussed will outline how commercial services are to be operated in the in the next five years.
“The purpose of these revisions is to update the existing CUA and operating Yellowstone announced on Tuesday., last approved in 2013,”
The new Yellowstone explains the types of commercial operators and the updates to the as follows:will affect existing and future CUA permit holders.
- Activity-based CUAs: Bicycling Tours, Environmental Education Tours, Skiing/Snowshoeing, Motorized Boating, Non-Motorized Boating, Overnight Trips, Painting and Photography Workshops, Stream and Shoreline Fishing, Road-Based Transportation (groups 1-25), Wedding and Portrait Photography and Single-session Wedding and Portrait Photography.
- Service-based CUAs: Towing and Yellowstone River in Gardiner, ). Services ( and appliance repair, tire repair, locksmith) and Water Access (specific to the
- CUA applications are accepted year-round. Applications may be submitted any time during the current operating year of January 1-December 31 (the previous application period was October 1-March 1). Applications for the following operating year will be accepted beginning October 1 of the current year.
- CUA permit application fees cost $300 annually for each activity-based CUA requested (remains unchanged), $150 every two years for a service-based CUA and $100 per Single-session Wedding and Portrait Photography CUA.
- Management fees remain unchanged and include 3%, 4% or 5% of annual gross receipts. Additional fees are not required for service-based or Single-session Wedding and Portrait Photography CUAs.
“These revisions would improve the CUA program’s consistency with federal laws, policies, and guidelines, and accommodate changing visitor needs and interests. Thewould begin operating under this new plan beginning January 1, 2022.”
The public may submit comments on the updateduntil November 23.
The comments may be submitted online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/YELLCUA or by mail.
People can mail comments to:
- Compliance Office, Attention: CUA Plan Revisions
- P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone , Wyoming 82190
According to Yellowstone, comments will not be accepted by fax, email, or other means.