"Linking Science and Decision Making" Theme Of Next Week's Science Conference
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Al Nash or Dan Hottle
Tuesday evening, October 9, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis will deliver the Keynote address of the 11th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Other noted speakers include Ian Dyson of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Development, and local author and former Yellowstone park historian Paul Schullery. The A. Starker Leopold Lecture award will be given to Estella B. Leopold of the University of Washington, with Dorothy Bradley accepting the award on her behalf.
Conference organizers chose to focus this year's event on presentations and discussions that they believe will help define current resource challenges, report on the latest scientific findings, and support establishing management priorities. Unique to this year's conference are a series of panels discussions during which resource managers will interact directly with scientists. These discussions are designed to help ensure that resource managers and scientists are communicating effectively.
The conference, held at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel in Yellowstone National Park, runs from Monday evening, October 8, through Wednesday, October 10. A detailed copy of the conference agenda and program is available online at http://gyesciconf.greateryellowstonescience.org/.
The conference will be followed Thursday with a separate project designed to capture oral histories of those involved in the reintroduction of wolves to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. There will be limited room in this session for observers on a first-come, first served basis.
The Biennial Conference series was initiated in 1991. It is designed to encourage awareness and application of wide-ranging, high-caliber scientific work on the region's natural and cultural resources.
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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.