Yellowstone National Park

VICTORY! Montana court denies mining company permit to explore for gold near Yellowstone

VICTORY! Montana court denies mining company permit to explore for gold near Yellowstone

Yesterday, a Montana district court ruled in our favor and denied a permit that would have allowed Canadian mining company Lucky Minerals to explore for gold in Emigrant Gulch just north of Yellowstone National Park. Along with the passage of the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act that permanently protects public lands, this stunning victory further drives a stake through the heart of the proposed gold mining threatening the Yellowstone River and Paradise Valley.

WE DID IT! Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act signed into law by the president

WE DID IT! Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act signed into law by the president

Today, the president signed the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act into the law of the land. Included in this sweeping, ground-breaking legislation was the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act. Now and forever, 30,370 acres of public land on the northern doorstep of Yellowstone National Park will be protected from destructive and toxic gold mining.

Looking ahead to 2019 in Greater Yellowstone

Looking ahead to 2019 in Greater Yellowstone

While we had a very successful 2018, we’re looking even more forward to the endeavors of 2019. We’ll be wrapping up a few campaigns, diving deeper into some big projects, and keeping an eye out for new issues in the ecosystem that needs our attention. We asked our staff what they’re most excited for in the New Year and this is what they had to say.

(Photo Louise Johns.)

Finding the wild wolves of Yellowstone

Finding the wild wolves of Yellowstone

We’re five miles into the Bechler area of Yellowstone National Park, crossing a flat meadow of yellow grasses between forested hummocks.  It’s late August, and the Teton Range, visible behind us, is white from the first snowstorm of the year. Yellowstone Wolf Project Research Associate Kira Cassidy and I are collecting a trail camera that’s been up for nearly a year.  With any luck, it will yield images of the Bechler Wolf Pack, one of the least known packs in the park.

GYC supports wildlife crossings on Targhee Pass

GYC supports wildlife crossings on Targhee Pass

Every fall, two of Yellowstone’s nine main elk herds move from their summer range in Yellowstone National Park to their winter range outside of the Park. Both herds need to cross U.S. Highway 20 - one of the busiest thoroughfares to Yellowstone - through Island Park, Idaho, to get there.