In spring 2019, the park announced new strategic priorities that will guide decision making over the next five years. The priorities revolve around the concepts of core, resources, experience, infrastructure, and partnerships. Superintendent Cameron (Cam) Sholly and the senior leadership team developed these priorities with significant input from field staff around the park. Each priority has key focus areas and a range of measurable actions that will continually be refined as work progresses.
In spring 2021, Yellowstone released a State of the Park report that highlights the park’s substantial successes and challenges over the past two years, along with many of the priorities and actions managers intend to pursue over the next two years and beyond.
Focus on the Core
Yellowstone Team First Key Actions: Improve employee housing, work conditions, health and wellness, team engagement, interdivisional respect and collaboration, accountability, professional development, hiring processes, internal communications
Improve Strategic Management and Business Acumen Key Actions: Improve financial management practices, priority setting processes, project formulation, workforce performance
Improve Organizational Alignment and Effectiveness Key Actions: Develop more efficient operational and programmatic alignments to improve resource sharing, communications, and organizational performance
Strengthen the Yellowstone Ecosystem & Heritage Resources
Advance and Sustain the Yellowstone Ecosystem Key Actions: Understand and respond more effectively to climate change impacts; advance and sustain wildlife management and large landscape conservation efforts, identify new cooperative conservation opportunities with states and partners (i.e., wildlife corridors); continue building scientific capacity to improve decision making within the ecosystem; improve environmental sustainability
Understand and Respond to Increased Visitor Use Key Actions: Develop effective visitor use strategy that focuses on protecting park resources, staffing/infrastructure, improving visitor enjoyment/recreation opportunities, and collaborating with gateway communities
Protect People and Resources Key Actions: Provide high levels of public safety, law enforcement, resource protection, emergency response, and other related services