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Commitment to Sustainability

Trumpeter swans along the Yellowstone River in late March
Trumpeter swans, seen here along the Yellowstone River in late March, are currently considered the most imperiled species in the park.

Support and direction for environmental stewardship in Yellowstone is clearly embedded in both the National Park Service mission and Yellowstone's significance.

Under the Organic Act of 1916, the National Park service was established and directed to promote and regulate the use of the National Parks to conserve the scenery, the natural historic objects, and the wild life and to leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.

Yellowstone's purpose and significance is rooted in the intent of its enabling legislation, subsequent legislation and current knowledge of its natural, cultural, and scenic resources. Yellowstone preserves geologic wonders including the world's most extraordinary collection of geysers, hot springs and abundant and diverse wildlife, in one of the largest remaining intact temperate ecosystems on earth. It preserves an 11,000 year continuum of human history, including sites, structures, and events that reflect our shared heritage, and provides for the benefit, enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

Commitment to sustainability is made more important with a changing climate and increasing impacts to natural resources, locally and globally. Recent executive orders and acts require the Federal Government to protect resources through sustainable operations and facility adaptation. The National Park Service Green Parks Plan provides further direction for environmental stewardship, and has led to a firm commitment and support for Yellowstone's continued leadership in Environmental Stewardship.


Did You Know?

Summer Crowd at Old Faithful.

At peak summer levels, 3,500 employees work for Yellowstone National Park concessioners and about 800 work for the National Park Service.