Yellowstone Forever supports projects that enhance Yellowstone's visitor experience, including education, recreation, safety, and accessibility.
Visitor Experience PROJECTS
Trails Fund Initiative
The goal of this initiative is to restore and repair Yellowstone’s heavily used network of trails, so they are protected and safe for visitors. Partnerships with three volunteer and youth work groups will provide additional muscle power, and offer teens the opportunity to gain valuable work skills as a result of their experience.
- Funding Needed: $200,000 Annually
Wildlife and Visitor Safety Project
Teams of seasonal interpretive law enforcement and bear management rangers are needed to manage over 1,000 bear jams that can happen during a season, in addition to other wildlife jams. Rangers not only need to manage roadside viewing opportunities that keep visitors safe and informed, but they also help keep the wildlife safe. Funding for this program will make sure there is a sufficient contingent of rangers to manage traffic jams, reduce accidents and road rage, provide educational materials to visitors, and make sure the public does not feed wildlife or approach them too closely.
- Funding Needed: $100,000 annually
Backcountry Bear Safety Survey
The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem has experienced six bear-caused human fatalities since 2010; two of these fatalities occurred inside Yellowstone National Park. As a result of these incidents, USGS social scientists and Yellowstone bear management biologists will collaborate on a social survey of backcountry users to identify the effectiveness of current bear safety messages. The result will shape future bear safety strategies in Yellowstone.
- Funding Needed: $70,000
Human/Bear Conflicts in Campgrounds
Yellowstone has 12 campgrounds located in grizzly bear habitat, with over 650,000 visitor use nights recorded each year. Analysis of both the bear safety infrastructure (bear-proof garbage disposal, food storage boxes, information signs, agency presence) and the habitat attributes (habitat quality, availability of preferred bear foods, security cover, travel corridors, topographic barriers) will help managers determine what makes campgrounds conducive to bear activity, and how to prevent severe conflicts from occurring in the future.
- Funding Needed: $80,000