Yellowstone Center for Resources
The Yellowstone Center for Resources (YCR) was created in March 1993 to centralize the park's science and resource management functions. The goals of the YCR are to:
Wildlife & Aquatic Resources Program
Biologists and technicians in this branch inventory, monitor, research and manage some of the most high profile and controversial resources in the National Park Service, including bison, grizzly bears, wolves, and Yellowstone's native cutthroat trout.
Physical & Climate Resources Program
The geologists, physical scientists and special analysts in this group protect and monitor Yellowstone's unique geothermal features; monitor volcano and earthquake activity; manage the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) lab, and conduct research to understand the effects of climate change on Yellowstone's landscapes.
The staff in this program inventory, monitor, manage and conduct research on the vast array of vegetation communities in Yellowstone. Their efforts include inventory and control of invasive and non-native plants, protection of rare plants and wetland communities, vegetation monitoring and ecological restoration, and efforts to prevent aquatic invasive species from invading park waters.
Cultural Resources Program
These specialists research, monitor and protect archeological sites and historic structures, operate the park research library, archives and museum collections, and work toward productive relationships with members of a network of Native American tribes that have shown traditional association with the park.
Environmental Planning, Compliance & Science Communications
This branch provides technical assistance to park staff in meeting their compliance responsibilities in accordance with federal law and regulations. In addition, the branch manages the research permit process and produces publications that convey the efforts and findings of the park's scientific efforts.
Social Science Program
This program conducts and oversees research to explore the relationship between people and their interactions with the park. Ongoing social science research projects aim to enhance meaningful and enjoyable visitor experiences while continuing to protect the unique and fragile resources of Yellowstone.