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Adaptive Management Program Working Groups

Welcome!

The NPS is asking for feedback from working groups, made up of interested stakeholders and citizens, to develop a long-term and sustainable winter use Adaptive Management Plan (AMP), which will guide the park's future data collection on the impacts of winter use. Working groups are sub-groups of the larger adaptive management team, which meets to discuss ideas across topics and provide feedback on the overall AMP process.

 

Working Group Meeting Calendar

Working Group Meeting Date NPS Lead Contact Information
Wildlife TBD John Treanor e-mail us
307.344.2505
Air Quality and Soundscape April 30, 2014

Shan Burson

Ann Rodman

e-mail us
307.739.3584

e-mail us
307.344.2216

Human Dimensions April 28, 2014 Wayne Freimund
Alicia Murphy
e-mail us
307.344.2627
Operations and Technology April 28, 2014 Wade Vagias e-mail us
307.344.2035
Non-Commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program April 23 2014 Alicia Murphy e-mail us
307.344.2627


Working Group Focus

The working groups will focus on five impact topics: wildlife, air quality and soundscape, human dimensions, operations and technology and the non-commercially guided snowmobile access program. Each working group will develop a monitoring strategy for its impact topic in coordination with a National Park Service subject-matter expert. Specifically, working groups are tasked with providing feedback on what resource or impact questions should be monitored to address key scientific uncertainties about their impact topic, and on how to design a fiscally sustainable, efficient and feasible monitoring strategy to achieve key monitoring objectives going forward. Park managers will then use the results of winter use monitoring and stakeholder input to make decisions that best protect park resources and the visitor experience.

More Information

  • The next Working Group Update meeting will be April 22nd, 1:30-2:30. An agenda with call-in information will be posted soon.
  • Read the January 22, 2014 Working Group Kick-Off Call notes (60 KB pdf)
  • Read the March 11, 2014 Working Group Update Notes (72 KB pdf)
  • Review the Working Group Guidelines (125 KB pdf), which outline the responsibilities and roles of the working groups and NPS staff
  • Join a Working Group! For more information about or to join any of the five working groups, please contact Alicia Murphy, Adaptive Management Coordinator at e-mail us or (307) 344-2627.
Links to publications in pdf format can be viewed or printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader (available free, online).



Did You Know?

Upper Geyser Basin Hydrothermal Features on a Winter Day.

Yellowstone contains approximately one-half of the world’s hydrothermal features. There are over 10,000 hydrothermal features, including over 300 geysers, in the park.