Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Yellowstone Lookout Project Would Hurt Views at Mt. Washburn

Snowmobilers Ride At Yellowstone National Despite Environmentalists Opposition
Bill Schaefer, Getty Images

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials say telecommunications towers proposed for the Mt. Washburn Fire Lookout would detract from views at the historic site and popular hiking destination.

The park is proposing to erect a three-sided mounting structure with 40-foot towers around the lookout. It’s part of a broader effort to improve Yellowstone’s wireless infrastructure, including cell service in developed areas.

Spokeswoman Morgan Warthin said park officials will consult with Wyoming’s historic preservation office on ways to minimize or offset the equipment’s visual impact.

The finding that the project would have an “adverse effect” was included in a letter from Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk obtained by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

The advocacy group says the proposed communications improvements undermine the park’s status as a refuge from a linked-in world.

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Laramie Rewards quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Laramie Rewards contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.