Yellowstone To Launch A Collaborative Adaptive Management Program For Winter Use

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Date: October 28, 2013

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
October 28, 2013        13-093

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015


Yellowstone To Launch A Collaborative Adaptive Management Program For Winter Use

Yellowstone National Park is preparing to kick-off a collaborative Adaptive Management Program to evaluate the implementation of its new winter use management plan.

As a strategy widely used in other complex conservation programs across the globe, collaborative adaptive management will allow the National Park Service (NPS) to gather more information about park resource conditions through scientific monitoring and to seek additional public input. Managers will consider this additional information to assess and improve the management of winter use in Yellowstone National Park. Managers may also use this information to adjust NPS management actions in order to enhance the condition of park resources or the visitor experience.

An initial public meeting about Yellowstone’s Adaptive Management Program will be held in Bozeman, Montana on Friday, November 22, 2013 at the MSU Engineering and Physical Sciences Building (Room 126) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For people and organizations who cannot attend the meeting in-person, the NPS will offer the option to participate remotely. Additional details will be provided. The meeting will outline a roadmap for collaboratively developing a winter use adaptive management plan; include presentations about the park’s scientific monitoring on winter use; and offer opportunities for public input on adaptive management. The NPS requests that all interested parties RSVP to confirm their meeting attendance or remote participation by Friday, November 8, 2013.

Following the first meeting, the NPS will work with the public and all interested stakeholders on the preparation of a long-term and sustainable adaptive management plan. The plan will describe how the NPS will monitor and evaluate its management strategy for winter use for years to come.

NPS staff expects to present a draft adaptive management plan for winter use to the public in summer 2014, and to complete a final adaptive management and monitoring plan by the 2016-2017 winter season.

The Adaptive Management Program is part of the new management paradigm for winter use outlined by the recently released winter use final Plan/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, Record of Decision and final rule.

For more information, please visit the program web page: To RSVP for the meeting, please contact Rebecca Garvoille, Yellowstone’s Adaptive Management Coordinator, at (307) 344-2265 or

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