Yellowstone’s Elk Creek gets treatment to poison non-native fish

Wildlife biologists in Yellowstone National Park will introduce a fish toxin next week into Elk Creek to remove the non-native brook trout as part of Yellowstone's Native Fish Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment, which was approved in May 2011. Park officials said the project will not impact the nearby Yellowstone River, and is designed to affect Elk Creek and its tributaries, including Lost and Yancey creeks near Tower Junction in the Yellowstone River drainage. Continue Reading →

Yellowstone sustainable energy project approved

The National Park Service has approved a plan to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy production systems at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch, which is a National Register Historic District. A finding of "No Significant Impact" was recently signed by Sue Masica, the Director of the Intermountain Region of the National Park Service. The finding completes the National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act processes which began earlier this year. Continue Reading →

Public comments sought on Grand Teton water project

The National Park Service is conducting environmental compliance for proposed improvements to potable water and fire suppression water infrastructure located between the Colter Bay Village and Jackson Lake Lodge areas of Grand Teton National Park. The proposal is available for public review, and comments will be accepted through October 16, 2014. Currently, three wells at Pilgrim Creek provide potable and fire suppression water for the Jackson Lake Lodge and Colter Bay Village developed areas. Continue Reading →

Yellowstone hosts new citizens in park’s first naturalization ceremony

U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Wyoming Mark Carman speaks to new citizens after administering their naturalization oath Sept. 3 in a ceremony at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park often plays host to a range of special occasions like marriage proposals, birthdays, family reunions and even the scattering of cremated remains. But until now, the park had never been the site for a naturalization ceremony. On a crisp, breezy, picture-perfect morning earlier this month, 42 immigrants from 20 different countries gathered near the Liberty Cap to take the oath of citizenship in what park officials said was the first observance of its kind in Yellowstone. Continue Reading →

Yellowstone invites visitors to take part in Hayden Valley Hawk Watch

Celebrate the spectacle of raptor migration in Yellowstone National Park’s Hayden Valley this Sunday, September 21. Join education ranger and raptor enthusiast Katy Duffy to watch and learn about raptors, their ecology, and their migration strategies. If visitors would like to learn some raptor identification tips, they may begin the day with Duffy at 9 a.m. at the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center for a 45-minute presentation involving the mounted raptors on display there. Continue Reading →

Yellowstone seeks volunteers for Public Lands Day

The National Park Service will waive entrance fees on Saturday, September 27, in conjunction with the celebration of National Public Lands Day. As part of this annual event, Yellowstone National Park is looking for volunteers for two work projects that will take place in Lamar Valley, which is located in the rugged northeast portion of the park. Volunteers will participate in either trailhead restoration work at the Lamar River Trailhead or fence construction work at the historic Lamar Buffalo Ranch. Continue Reading →

Grand Teton pathways to close during construction

Construction will soon begin on the next phase of Grand Teton National Park’s shared-use pathway system. The new pathway segment (1.25 miles from Moose Junction to Antelope Flats Road) is expected to be completed by late fall 2015 and open for public use in spring 2016. In addition, intermittent closures of the 14.5 miles of existing park pathways will occur through mid-October to allow for application of a sealant material and for safety improvement work. Continue Reading →

Yellowstone commercial stock plan approved

A new long term plan to manage commercially guided saddle and pack stock trips in Yellowstone National Park has been approved. Current saddle and pack stock contracts expire on December 31, 2015. The park plans to release a prospectus for new contracts sometime this fall, with up to forty-two new contracts to be awarded to take effect January 1, 2016. Continue Reading →

Bears prompt temporary closure of scenic Grand Teton road

A temporary closure of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park went into effect Wednesday, September 10, at 11 a.m. due to grizzly bear activity both on and near the roadway. In the coming weeks, visitors and local residents may encounter intermittent closures of the Moose-Wilson Road as bears (black and grizzly) seek out the abundant berries on the chokecherry and hawthorn bushes that flank this park road. Continue Reading →

‘Geyser Gazers’ patiently wait for Yellowstone eruptions

Self-described 'geyser gazer' Ryan Maurer takes notes after the eruptions of Lion Geyser in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone is home to two-thirds of the world’s geysers, attracting visitors from around the world. Most catch Old Faithful and may wander the boardwalks and accidentally witness other eruptions. Some look at the schedule in the visitor’s office listing the times for the six predictable regular geysers, Great Fountain, Grand, Castle, Daisy and Riverside along with Old Faithful, and plan their day in hopes of catching those in action. But a dedicated few devote weeks, and sometimes entire summers, to waiting, watching and recording eruptions. These are geyser gazers and members of the Geyser Observation and Study Association. Continue Reading →