Craig Pass Closed for the Season; Mammoth to Norris Closed Sept. 14-30
The road linking West Thumb and Old Faithful is closed for the season—traffic should detour through West Thumb, Lake, and Canyon. The road from Mammoth to Norris is closed for two weeks—traffic should detour over Dunraven Pass. More »
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Did You Know?
Even though the animals of Yellowstone seem tame they are still wild. Feeding the animals is not permitted in any way, and all visitors must keep 100 yards away from wolves and bears, and 25 yards from other animals.