A Note From Mike Keller:
Dear Yellowstone National Park Lodges seasonal employee,
As many of you are aware, there has been much discussion in recent weeks about a long-standing state law that requires seasonal employees living and working in Wyoming to obtain a temporary vehicle registration. While the law has been on the books for many years, it has never been fully implemented or fully applied to the seasonal population of any concessions company in Yellowstone, or with the hotels and guest ranches in and around Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Funding challenges within the state and counties have prompted some individuals to suggest that the counties begin stricter enforcement of the state’s law.
We are currently working closely with the National Park Service, the Wyoming Office of Tourism, the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association, the Wyoming Department of Transportation, and other local partners to find a solution that will allow our seasonal employees some relief from the temporary registration requirement. I am happy to report our efforts have generated a lot of engagement with local and state level representatives, and we are working on statutory and policy solutions to address this issue short- and long-term.
Recent information provided to us and local counties by the Wyoming Department of Transportation has made it clear that they understand our concerns and the potential impacts. With this in mind, they indicate they are developing an enforcement policy to lessen the unintended impacts of this long-standing state law. We are also advised that enforcement policy changes should be in effect prior to the coming summer season.
We will continue to keep you apprised of changes as they happen. Should you have any questions please contact your Director or Location Manager and we will do our best to provide you the most current and accurate information.
Yellowstone National Park Lodges/Xanterra