Strategic Priorities

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.

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Ranger Skyler gives a wildlife safety talk at Old Faithful Visitor Education Center

NPS / Jacob Frank

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
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A grizzly sow looks out over the sage. As of 2016, an estimated 690 grizzly bears live in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

NPS / Jim Peaco

Strengthen the Yellowstone Ecosystem & Heritage Resources

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Hikers in Yellowstone

NPS / Jacob Frank

Deliver a World-Class Visitor Experience

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Located at Mammoth Hot Springs, the Albright Visitor Center has park information, exhibits on park history and wildlife, ranger programs, a bookstore, and restrooms.

NPS / Neal Herbert

Invest in Infrastructure

  • Build Effective Administrative Framework
    Key Actions: Develop infrastructure investment strategy, improve condition data, project scoping, planning and design processes, and short and long-term fund source priorities
  • Improve Condition and Capacity of Employee Housing
    Key Actions: Improve existing housing, replace obsolete housing, identify external housing partnership opportunities
  • Improve Parkwide Transportation Infrastructure
    Key Actions: Improve condition of park bridges, roads, parking lots, and other transportation priorities
  • Improve Condition of Historic Structures, Visitor Service, Public Health Infrastructure
    Key Actions: Improve condition of deteriorating historic structures, wastewater treatment facilities, lift stations, water systems, entrance stations, concessioner facilities
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The Gardiner Gateway project involved the park, many local, private, state, and federal partners. It restored and enhanced the park’s only year-round entrance, the North Entrance which includes the park’s iconic Roosevelt Arch.

NPS / Neal Herbert

Build Coalitions and Partnerships

  • Make the NPS a Better Partner
  • Ensure Alignment with Yellowstone Forever Philanthropic Goals
  • Build Trust with Gateway Communities
  • Honor Tribal Legacies and Heritage
  • Cultivate Relationships with Elected Officials
  • Strengthen Conservation, Environmental, Economic, and Recreation Partnerships
  • Build Global Partnerships

Last updated: April 26, 2022

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