In Greater Yellowstone, healthy rivers equal thriving fisheries and robust wildlife populations. Clean waters also help bolster a $6 billion recreation economy. With the region’s ecology and economy tied so closely together, impacts to one resource ripple out to all others. That’s why GYC is working with local business owners to protect more than 500 miles of Montana’s rivers north of Yellowstone National Park. You can help!
Though I’ve driven south on Idaho’s Hwy 33 in Teton Valley (ID) thousands of times, on a recent morning I took particular notice of the Palisades Range straddling the Idaho-Wyoming border. In an hour I’d be flying over the Range to better understand why it’s critical to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Yellowstone is more valuable than gold.
That is the message the Yellowstone Gateway Business Coalition proclaimed up and down Paradise Valley in the run-up to the National Park Service Centennial celebration on Thursday. If you happened to be driving to Gardiner for the festivities, you no doubt saw the yellow banners and yard signs all along the way. This diverse group of businesses and landowners is taking a stand against two proposed gold mines that threaten our beloved first national park, local jobs, and a way of life in Park County.