Free-roaming wildlife are part of our heritage in and around the Upper Yellowstone Watershed. Roughly two thirds of the land is public. The remaining third is private property, with wide open spaces created by ranching and farming operations and very little subdivision. Wildlife and humans and livestock co-exist across this spectrum of public and private lands. However, 4+ million people converge on Yellowstone Park in the summer months, which can have a large impact on state and county roads that were not built for that traffic. And, of course, the wildlife must contend with that network of roads. We are striving to manage the wildness of our public and private lands while balancing the economics of tourism and recreation that use those resources - i.e. managing the quality of life in our community in such a way that the economic, social and environmental systems that make up our community are providing a healthy, productive, meaningful life for all residents, present and future. We call this the triple bottom line: people, profit, and planet.
Our projects involve various wildlife monitoring efforts between the private citizens of the Upper Yellowstone Watershed Group, Montana Department of Transportation, Fish Wildlife & Parks, Park County, National Parks Conservation Association, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, and Center for Large Landscape Conservation. We aim to monitor and manage sustainable migration corridors in the Paradise Valley area north of Yellowstone Park, where livestock, people and wildlife coexist in healthy ecosytems. To learn more click on any of our project links below.