Yellowstone

W e have all heard the expression that our summer season is actually nicknamed “construction,” but what is happening in Yellowstone right now is going to be incredible. Some estimates said repairs from flooding in the first national park will cost in the billions. But right out of the box, numbers...

Bighorn National Forest, Via the Wyoming News Exchange

BUFFALO —  There's no doubt among local stakeholders that Yellowstone's closure will affect tourism in the area. They're just not quite sure how. Flooding shut down Yellowstone National Park last week, with only partial openings on the near-term horizon. As a result, tourists have had to modify...
About 10,000 people enter Yellowstone on its first day back post-floods   By Billy Arnold Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange   JACKSON — When Yellowstone National Park officials evacuated visitors last week after historic floods, Julie Miller, 64, was discouraged. After taking a buyout...

A road map of Yellowstone National Park indicating points of interest, park road closures due to flooding and improvement projects, and areas where flood impacts occurred. 

Via National Park Services

POWELL —As an economic engine for Wyoming, tourism is second only to mineral extraction.  Rain and rapid snowmelt, which caused extensive river flooding last week, forced the evacuation of Yellowstone and closed entrances into the park. It is not only wreaking havoc on travelers’ vacation plans; it...
JACKSON — Walking around downtown Jackson on Thursday, Kyle Henry, 34, said he understood why Yellowstone officials were considering a reservation system for accessing the southern part of the park if it opens in the next few days. “I can imagine how that would get turned into a fiasco pretty quick...
CASPER — Gov. Mark Gordon is set to declare an emergency in response to historic flooding in Yellowstone National Park.  Flooding began Monday, and has since destroyed several roads, bridges and structures in the park and to the north. Park officials say it will take months, if not years, to...

Large Photo: A shot of Yellowstone National Park’s North entrance road between Gardiner, Montana, and Mammoth Hot Springs. Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly said Tuesday flooding caused by a combination of torrential rains and melting snow caused sufficient damage at the park to keep its northern portion closed for a long period of time. (Photo courtesy of National Park Service)

 

Flooding in Red Lodge, Montana, has affected homes and businesses on Broadway and several roads near the city center. Access to the town is limited due to road closings on Highway 308 and U.S. Highway 212, including the Beartooth Pass. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Kinzely for the Powell Tribune)

CASPER — Law enforcement around Yellowstone National Park are focused on opening roads and helping people evacuate from the park as unprecedented flooding continues in the area Tuesday.  Officers in Park County, Montana, were working Tuesday to open the section of Highway 89 between Gardiner and...
CODY — The impacts from climate change on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem – some positive but mostly negative – are occurring now, but changes in public policy could lessen the harmful consequences. There’s still time to minimize the damage, two scientists said. “Our landscape has been shaped by...
With more than $14 million in federal stimulus and other monies earmarked for outdoor recreation, Wyoming is preparing to accept grant proposals for trail reroutes, new campsites, boat ramps and more. The State Parks and Cultural Resources Department will oversee the work of reviewing applications...
CASPER — Another iconic Yellowstone species is being considered again for Endangered Species Act protections. Threats to the park’s plains bison — including loss of habitat and migration routes as well as the spread of disease — are concerning enough that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will...

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