Gardiner Revitalization Partnership Project Unveiled
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Al Nash or Dan Hottle
Montana Governor and Yellowstone Superintendent highlight tourism and economic benefits of Gardiner Revitalization Partnership Project
GARDINER, MONTANA - JUNE 14, 2012 - A plan to revitalize Montana's historic, year-round entrance to Yellowstone National Park was unveiled today at Arch Park in the gateway community of Gardiner.
Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk were among the many dignitaries on hand for the signing of the historic partnership agreement. Fifteen federal, state, local, and non-profit groups have all agreed to work together to help revitalize the Gardiner Gateway to the world's first national park.
"This agreement calls for all the partners to work together, cooperatively, to make this historic, iconic park entrance a more memorable experience for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year", said Governor Schweitzer. "The community of Gardiner and businesses in the gateway area will reap additional economic benefits from the revitalization and future generations will continue to see the benefits of the Montana Gardiner Gateway Project for years to come."
The project is the result of an effort on the part of the National Park Service to improve traffic circulation and enhance visitor safety along Park Street and the North Entrance. In addition, the Gardiner Gateway Project will enhance the experience of visitors to Gardiner and the North Entrance, through beautification of the area, increased visitor services, and additional economic opportunities for Gardiner and Park County.
Park Superintendent Wenk added "For well over one hundred years, visitors have traveled to the Gardiner area to enter Yellowstone National Park. We welcome working with this great group of local, state, federal, and non-profit partners to enhance the experience of visiting Yellowstone, Montana, and Gardiner."
Representatives of the groups signing the Memorandum of Understanding arrived at Arch Park in a Yellowstone Stagecoach and vintage Yellow Bus, escorted by local riders on horseback. After the remarks, the group traveled the short distance to the Roosevelt Arch for the historic signing of the agreement.
Clara Conner of Western Federal Lands Highway Division, Park County Commissioner Marty Malone, Bill Berg of the Greater Gardiner Community Council, and Daniel Bierschwale of the Gardiner Chamber of Commerce also made remarks at the early afternoon event.
Also on hand for the signing of the agreement were Tim Reardon of the Montana Department of Transportation, Jeri Duran of the Montana Office of Tourism, Park County Commissioner Randy Taylor, Jeff Brown of the Yellowstone Association, Paul Reichert of the Yellowstone Park Foundation, Robin Hoover of Yellowstone Country Montana, Inc., Patricia Dowd of the National Parks Conservation Association, and Ron Hecker of the Gallatin National Forest. The Montana Department of Commerce and the National Park Foundation are also signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding.
Both the community of Gardiner and Yellowstone National Park are seeking funding sources to begin work on their respective aspects of the project. The goal is to have components of the revitalization project completed by 2016, which marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service.
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Did You Know?
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.