The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) is one of the last remaining nearly-intact temperate zone ecosystems on the planet.
Encompassing 22.5 million acres, the GYE expands outward from breathtaking Yellowstone National Park and charismatic Grand Teton National Park.
With over 380 species of native birds, fish, and mammals, the GYE’s fauna residents also include iconic large mammals such as American bison, grizzly bears, elk, and moose. Here, flora and fauna are interwoven into a dynamic fabric of original species present before the arrival of Europeans on the continent. These wide-open spaces and undeveloped migratory corridors provide vital landscapes for keystone species to still have the ability to travel their ancient pathways, akin in many ways to the massive migration synonymous with the Serengeti ecosystem in Africa.
Keeping the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem healthy and whole will require unprecedented practices of stewardship by all of us and comprehensive management by public and private entities. As intense interest in the GYE and other wild places is occurring, a key consideration of conservation stewardship involves re-examining our perceived right and need to use and recreate in high numbers in these habitats that are home to wild creatures.
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