While the new year is already well underway, I would like to pause a moment to thank you for helping the Yellowstone Park Foundation accomplish great things in the Park in 2010. Because of your support, we were able to contribute $4.8 million in much-needed funds to Yellowstone last year!
These funds made possible projects ranging from critical scientific studies and hiking trail rehabilitation, to youth education programs and the enhancement of wildlife and visitor safety.
Our proudest accomplishment of 2010 was the completion of the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center, which opened this past August. Over a period of several years, the Foundation raised $15 million of the $27 million needed to build the environmentally friendly center and its interactive exhibits.
Additional grants made to Yellowstone in 2010 funded a wide variety of projects, such as:
- $186,000 for the Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps and other outdoor youth education programs that promote environmental stewardship;
- $370,000 toward wolf research and conservation, including the annual collaring and monitoring of wolves in the Park, and visitor education about safe wolf viewing;
- $19,000 to help fund online learning resources including the Old Faithful Webcam, educational web videos, virtual hikes, and the Greater Yellowstone Science Learning Center;
- $200,000 for the rehabilitation of hiking trails through the Foundation’s Yellowstone Trails Fund;
- $90,000 to support native fisheries conservation, including the Fly Fishing Volunteers Program;
- $38,740 for the purchase and installation of bear-proof, food-storage boxes in Yellowstone campgrounds through the Sponsor a Bear Box program;
- $183,000 to upgrade equipment, technology and facilities used by Yellowstone rangers.
These grants, and numerous others, were made possible by contributions from Friends of Yellowstone, like you, and we are profoundly grateful. Everyone who comes to Yellowstone, and the wildlife that inhabits the Park, will benefit greatly from your generosity.
Karen Bates Kress