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SEPTEMBER 2012   
 

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In This Issue
Yellowstone National Park staff take on the challenge every day of balancing visitor use and enjoyment with the conservation of the park's precious treasures.  In this issue, read about several ways this challenge plays out: reversing the devastation caused by the introduction of non-native species, avoiding the potential hazards of wildlife watching, and recycling the waste generated by millions of visitors. We're helping with all of these efforts, and by supporting the Foundation, you are too!

Native Trout in Trouble: New Video

Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, photo by Matt Ludin 
 
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Yellowstone cutthroat trout, native to the Northern Rockies and unique in the entire world, until recently have thrived for more than 10,000 years in Yellowstone Lake and its surrounding waters. But now, their very existence hangs in the balance. A predatory non-native invader, capable of wiping the entire cutthroat population from the lake, has taken hold. Lake trout, which can grow to 50 pounds or more, have already eaten over 90% of the lake’s four million cutthroats.

 

Yellowstone's Plastics-to-Carpet Program

Visitors on the Old Faithful boardwalk 
 
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When you visit Yellowstone National Park, your attention is likely on wildlife-watching, marveling at Old Faithful erupting, or enjoying spectacular mountain views. It’s unlikely that you’re thinking about what will happen to the plastic bottle you just tossed in the recycling bin. But the act of recycling that bottle has set off a chain of events that will not only help the environment and the economy, but also directly benefit the work of the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

 

Outdoor Exhibits Promote Wildlife Safety

Elk in Mammoth Hot Springs, NPS photo 
 
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Any trip to Yellowstone can be a magical experience, but many people find that the more opportunities they have to learn about the park and its treasures, the more enthralled they are by what they see. Yellowstone offers a broad continuum of educational services, from visitor centers and ranger-led programs, to podcasts and self-guided trail maps. Wayside exhibits are a convenient way of reaching visitors because they are available 24 hours a day, year-round.


Photos: Bison and hot spring by Tom Murphy; Yellowstone cutthroat trout by Matt Ludin;
All other photos by NPS unless otherwise indicated.

 
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