It takes a coalition of people, groups, and agencies working together to achieve success. The Greater Yellowstone Coalition has a history of building successful coalitions, evidenced by these success stories:
In 2018, then Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed a 20-year administrative mineral withdrawal, protecting 30,000 acres of public lands in Yellowstone’s northern gateway from two proposed gold mines.
In the mid-1990s, numerous land trades were orchestrated to protect public lands from development, including more than 100,000 acres on the Gallatin-Custer National Forest, just outside Yellowstone’s northwest corner.
More than 22,000 acres of fragile high alpine country in the Beartooth Mountains were designated in 1988 as a Research Natural Area.
More than 1.2 million acres were withdrawn from energy development in 2009.
In 2003, a drilling ban of 370,000 acres on Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest was put into place.
Over 400,000 acres were retired from livestock grazing through voluntary grazing allotments buyouts in Wyoming and Montana.
In 1984, the Wyoming Wilderness Act passed and added more than 1 million acres of Wilderness and wilderness-study areas to the system.
In 2005, legislation was passed to establish the $200 million Wyoming Wildlife & Natural Resources Trust. This trust enhances and conserves wildlife habitat and natural resources.
After almost a decade of work by GYC and our partners, the East Rosebud Wild & Scenic Rivers Act was passed. It became the first new permanently protected Wild & Scenic river in Montana since 1976.
In 2009, the Craig Thomas Snake Headwaters Legacy Act was passed, protecting 387 river miles on 13 pristine streams, including Wyoming’s spectacular Snake River and its tributaries.
Removing illegally introduced lake trout from Yellowstone Lake is helping native cutthroat trout survive and thrive. For the first time in years, cutthroat are showing signs of rebounding.
In 1990, 20.5 miles of the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River in Wyoming was permanently protected from dams and other harmful development.