By: Prerana Aggarwal
Indigenous tribes like the Shoshone, Crow and Blackfeet utilized the Yellowstone area with evidence of occupation dating back over 11,000 years before it became a protected park.
– Experts cite ideal weather conditions this season coupled with pent-up travel demand after COVID-19.
– Officials may need to implement seasonal visitor limits if winter popularity continues surging.
Over many decades policies established protections for vulnerable species populations in Yellowstone like bison, bears, elk and wolves along with anti-poaching enforcement.
To enhance enjoyment and safety for visitors, over time roads were improved, trails and bridges built along with informing exhibits in visitor centers, museums and signage throughout the park.
Drought fueled fires in 1988, heavy floods in the 1990s, and a devastating earthquake in 1959 all posed monumental recovery efforts showcasing the ever emerging challenges facing managers.
1. Legacy and enduring mission - 140 years later, emphasis still on conservation and public enjoyment.