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Ranger Heritage

The Yellowstone Park Foundation supports projects that promote the effectiveness, safety, and efficiency of rangers, and preserves the tradition of rangers in Yellowstone.

 

Yellowstone Corral Projects

ARCH Venture Volunteers Corral Projecta

In 2008, YPF donors -- led by ARCH Venture Partners employees and friends -- helped fund a partnership that brings rangers and volunteers together for an annual week-long work project. Since then, volunteers and Yellowstone staff have contributed long hours on a major corral restoration project in the Park. Patrolling the backcountry and monitoring trails activity and scientific field work requires support from stock animals kept at operational bases near developed areas. With additional help from the Wounded Warrior Project/Disabled Sports USA volunteers since 2009, significant corral improvements have made rangers’ work and stock alike safer and more efficient. The partners rebuilt the West Corral in fall 2011, and in 2012 and 2013 volunteers and Park staff worked to rebuild corrals at the Lake Ranger Station. Advance donations are welcome as project materials are funded by private donations.

 

Stock and Tack Replacement

Adopt a Horse

Yellowstone National Park’s Corral Operation is a crucial element of the work of the Park’s rangers. Around 110 saddle horses, draft horses, and mules are used for Park-wide operations. These activities include visitor protection, law enforcement, backcountry trail maintenance, and research. This project is funding the industry standard of herd replacement (10%) needed annually to maintain a healthy working stock population. This accounts for natural aging, illness, and injury, which are part of the dynamics of a working corral operation. In addition, Yellowstone Park Foundation funding is purchasing new saddles, pads, harnesses and repair supplies for existing tack for the rangers’ horses.

Learn how you can help care for Yellowstone's working horses

 

Ranger Emergency Response Vehicle Outfitting

Ranger Emergency Response Vehicle Outfitting

The good news is that Yellowstone's Ranger Division recently received 11 new, much-needed replacement emergency response vehicles. The bad news is that there wasn’t funding available to outfit these vehicles with emergency safety equipment needed to put them into service, such as lightbars, prisoner transport cages, gun mounts and locks, radio communications consoles, and in-car camera systems. The Yellowstone Park Foundation granted the $72,750 necessary to cover the cost of equipment and installation. Yellowstone’s rangers depend on their vehicles every day, and outfitting these emergency vehicles will positively impact the rangers' working conditions. In addition, the new vehicles will reduce maintenance costs and improve gas mileage as compared with the existing 10- to 13-year-old, high-mileage gas guzzlers they replace.