Spring is just around the corner, and it’s always an exhilarating time to be in Yellowstone. Melting snow gives way to green valleys, bears emerge from their dens, and baby animals are seen trotting alongside the adults.
This is also an exciting time of year at our Yellowstone Park Foundation (YPF) office, as we announce our new grants for projects in Yellowstone. I am pleased to tell you about $1,450,000 in brand-new funding for a wide range of important efforts.
One of the most significant new grants is our $1-million commitment to help Yellowstone launch a comprehensive Native Fish Conservation Program. This contribution is being matched dollar for dollar by federal funding!
The top priority of the program is to reduce the number of non-native lake trout, which prey upon -- and have drastically reduced the population of -- smaller cutthroat trout in Yellowstone Lake. Yellowstone cutthroat trout are a vital food source for grizzly bears, raptors, and other Yellowstone species, and their loss could be devastating for the entire ecosystem.
In addition to the Native Fish Conservation Program, 2012 grants approved last month by YPF’s Board of Directors include:
- $100,000 to continue the Wildlife & Visitor Safety Program
- $50,000 to restore historic, roadside educational kiosks
- $100,000 to improve access and protect geysers and hot springs in Norris Geyser Basin
- $65,000 for new horses, mules and tack to assist the work of rangers
The above projects complement many ongoing, multi-year projects supported by YPF, such as the Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps and several wildlife conservation and research projects, like the Yellowstone Wolf Project.
You can read more about all of these projects on our website.
Contributions from people like you make our work possible, year after year. As we celebrate our 15th anniversary as Yellowstone’s fundraising partner, we thank you for your support, and look forward to keeping you posted on these projects.
Karen Bates Kress
Top banner photo by Tom Murphy. K. Kress photo by YPF. All other photos by NPS.