Old Yellowstone Trail South Planning Project

The Old Yellowstone Trail Corridor Study is complete!

Update Jan 17th, 2020: the Draft Final report has been completed and will be noticed for a 30 day public comment period.

Update Dec 31st, 2019: WFL has prepared the Executive Summary for partner review.

Update Oct 31st, 2019: WFL has received internal partner comments and is preparing a draft final report for public comment and Executive Summary.

Update Sept. 5th, 2019: WFL has prepared a draft report for internal partner review.

Update July 31st, 2019:   WFL is completing the Action Plan and preparing concept costs for the action items.

Update March 31st, 2019: WFL has provided draft chapters for the report for partner agencies to review.

Update January 15th, 2019: WFL has provided the partner agencies drafts of the emphasis areas for review.

Update August 31st, 2018: WFL has been completing data collection activities related to input from the Public Meeting and finalizing the technical aspects of the project related to geotechnical, wildlife and cultural aspects and preparing draft information summaries for the partners to review.

Update May 15th, 2018: A public Information meeting will be held at the Community Center (Eagles Hall) in Gardiner on May 31st 2018 from 5-7pm to review information collected to date and to gather additional information and public input on the corridor.

Update April 10th, 2018: Project Partners (Park County, Yellowstone National Park, US Forest Service) along with FHWA-WFL have completed stakeholder meetings with local organizations and agencies.  The Partner Agencies are using this input to prepare for a public forum late spring to present the planning process and gather additional information on the corridor.

Update March 6th, 2018: Project Partners (Park County, Yellowstone National Park, US Forest Service) have completed the partner agreements and are preparing existing information for stakeholder meetings in 2018.

Update December 1st, 2017: Project Partners (Park County, Yellowstone National Park, US Forest Service) performed site investigation in the Fall of 2017 to evaluate the programming and agreements.

Update 4/28/2017: FHWA contacted and informed the Project Partners (Park County, Yellowstone National Park & USFS) in early April that MT FLAP funds are available to start the project.  Programming is anticipated to being in mid-May with project activities occurring over the summer.

The project focus is along an approximately 17 mile corridor along Old Yellowstone Trail South from Yankee Jim Canyon to Gardiner, MT. This corridor features create a diverse travel demographic and a variety of vehicle types utilizing the corridor. The corridor also is used for a variety of outdoor recreation experiences including bicycling, bird and wildlife viewing, fishing, kayaking, rafting, hiking and camping access and winter sports including cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing and ice skating (on lakes accessed from the road). The ultimate goal of the project is to develop future projects through future Federal Lands Access Program proposals, other federal or state funding agency proposals.

Funding assistance for the project was obtained through the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP). 

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