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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. 

 

Backcountry Cabin Rehabilitation

Backcountry Cabin Rehabilitation

Backcountry cabins are critical for Yellowstone rangers performing multi-day, backcountry patrols during all seasons, and many are also charming historic structures. Yet many of these dwellings, which are so essential for ranger safety and efficiency, are in need of major repair and basic upgrades. The Yellowstone Park Foundation has funded the rehabilitation of several cabins, including the Outlet, Cabin Creek, and Cove Cabins, and many more are now awaiting work.

Read about a few of Yellowstone's historic backcountry cabins
Learn about the Adopt a Cabin program

 

Stephens Creek Barn

Stephens Creek Barn

Thanks to generous contributions to the Yellowstone Park Foundation, the 9,900-square-foot Stephens Creek Barn was completed in early 2011. The barn was a desperately needed facility for sheltering the Park’s working horses and mules, rider training, and proper storage of grain and tack. These horses and mules are important helpers in the Ranger Division and support a vast array of critical resource protection functions, including backcountry ranger patrols, trail rehabilitation projects, and wildlife management and research programs.

 

Ranger Patrol Boat for Lewis Lake

Ranger Patrol Boat for Lewis Lake

While most of us think of Yellowstone's rangers on foot or horseback, the largest lakes in Yellowstone National Park are patrolled by rangers in boats. They help ensure the safety of visitors and protection of Yellowstone's waters. Patrolling Lewis Lake is especially important because of high boat traffic and potential extreme weather. The aging boat used to patrol it, however, had to be retired despite the lack of a replacement. Thanks to generous donations to the Ranger Heritage Initiative, the Yellowstone Park Foundation was able to purchase a new boat. The Proline 2200BB has a powerful, reliable outboard engine for operating in this demanding environment. In addition to safety and law enforcement, the boat is being used to spread the word to visitors about stopping the spread of aquatic nuisance species.

Learn more about the work of Yellowstone rangers on lake patrol