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Ranger Heritage

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.

 

Stock and Tack Replacement

Stock and Tack Replacement
Photo Credit: NPS

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

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Ranger Emergency Response Vehicle Outfitting

Park Ranger Truck Emergency Vehicle

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.

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Backcountry Cabin Rehabilitation

Backcountry Cabin Rehabilitation
Photo Credit: NPS

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

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Stephens Creek Barn

Stephens Creek Barn
Photo Credit: YPF

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.

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Ranger Patrol Boat for Lewis Lake

Ranger Patrol Boat for Lewis Lake
Photo Credit: NPS

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