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Mission & General Information

From October 17–19, 2005, the Eighth Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Greater Yellowstone Public Lands: A Century of Discovery, Hard Lessons, and Bright Prospects, will be held at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel in Yellowstone National Park. The purpose of the conference series is to encourage the awareness and application of wide-ranging, high-caliber scientific work on the region’s natural and cultural resources.

The eighth conference in this important series may be the most immediately pragmatic of them all. It also will be of the most direct use to managers. Conference participants will focus on the mandates, “cultures,” relationships, and accomplishments of the numerous local, state, and federal management agencies responsible for Greater Yellowstone’s public lands.

The hundredth anniversary of the U.S. Forest Service, in 2005, is a fitting time to reflect on the evolution of all of Greater Yellowstone’s land-management agencies. Are the “conflicting mandates” of these agencies really the problem they’ve been portrayed to be? Do past or future opportunities provide a context for examining the direction of critical ecological issues, such as threatened and endangered species, ecosystem integrity, alien species invasions, migration corridor protection, and fire management? As important, what are the prospects for long-term planning, scientific information exchange, sustainable recreation, and community prosperity? What new social and ecologic paradigms and perspectives may serve the needs of the region?

The conference is interdisciplinary in nature.

The program committee invites all qualified parties to submit abstracts and/or proposals for sessions that address these and similar questions. Among the topics of special interest are papers concerned with: significant human demographic trends, natural energy pathways, regional economic patterns, the history of management agencies either singly or comparatively (e.g., the fate of rivalries and partnerships), the relationships between management agencies and indigenous peoples, the evolution of land-related policies, the symbology of the ecosystem and related concepts (e.g., biodiversity) in the evolving conservation ethic, the development and effects of advocacy groups across the political spectrum, the effectiveness and contrasts among various on-the-ground land management styles and techniques, ecological studies with ecosystem-scale implications, the history of science as a management tool and advocacy force in ecosystem management, the impact of the Greater Yellowstone management “model” on other regions and nations, and lessons from other regional coordination models that apply to the Greater Yellowstone.

Session topics will include:
Agencies and Communities
History of management agencies (the fate of rivalries and partnerships)
Management agencies and indigenous peoples
Symbology of ecosystem-related concepts in the evolving conservation ethic
Development and effects of advocacy groups across the political spectrum
Community partnerships

Trophic relationships
Ecological studies with ecosystem-scale implications
Remote sensing and landscape analysis
Critical issues in an interagency context (e.g., threatened and endangered species, ecosystem integrity, alien species invasions, migration corridor dynamics, and fire management)

Policy, Management, and Method
Evolution of land-related policies
Effectiveness and contrasts among land management styles and techniques
History of science as a management tool and advocacy force in ecosystem management
Impact of the GYE management “model” on other regions and nations
Lessons from other regional coordination models that apply to Greater Yellowstone

Land Use Change
Human demographic trends
Regional economic patterns
Changing societal values
Conference attendance is open to all.

Mission & General Information Conference Summary (159K pdf)
Featured Speakers (101K pdf) 2003 Conference: Beyond the Arch

Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.