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NOVEMBER 2012   
 

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In This Issue
Even for long-time Yellowstone visitors and enthusiasts, there is much that occurs within the Park that we may be unaware of. In this issue, we share three behind-the-scenes stories from our favorite Park: The day-to-day operations of the Yellowstone Dispatch Center, the preservation of a little-known, historic room, and a group of volunteers that has come 12 years in a row to perform a major project.


Yellowstone 911: An Inside Look

Yellowstone life flight
 
 
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More than 300 arrests, 500 car accidents, 1,000 calls for emergency medical services and 250 helicopter life-flights. These may sound like the stats from any number of counties, towns, or small cities in the U.S., but instead this is the annual workload of the Yellowstone National Park Dispatch Center.

 

Investing in the Million Dollar Room

Old Faithful Lower Hamilton Store
 
 
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Millions of Yellowstone visitors have browsed the Old Faithful Lower Hamilton Store, or enjoyed views of Geyser Hill from its famous knotty pine porch. The vast majority, though, have never heard about a special enclave inside called the Million Dollar Room. The former office of a larger-than-life figure from Yellowstone's history has a unique feature that the National Park Service wants to preserve before it's too late.

 

Volunteers Assist Rangers with a Tough Job

ARCH volunteers erect a fence post
 
 
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Working horses and mules are essential to Yellowstone National Park staff, and they require special care and protection. Corrals need to stay in good condition, but replacing an entire corral is an extremely time-consuming and labor-intensive undertaking. Fortunately, a group of incredibly dedicated volunteers spends a week each year helping rangers and their stock by getting this tough job done.


Photos: Bison and hot spring by Tom Murphy; Fence-building by Alice Siebecker; All other photos by NPS unless otherwise indicated.

 
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