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Climate Change: A Greater Yellowstone overview
Overview: As the world’s first national park, Yellowstone has long stood as a beacon of conservation success. The Greater Yellowstone Coalition has kept the 20 million acre ecosystem largely intact, with a full complement of native wildlife species. Keeping the ecosystem — with Yellowstone National Park at its core — healthy and intact has never been easy, and now we find ourselves facing a new challenge: climate change.
Rapid changes in climate are occurring in Greater Yellowstone and are impacting wildlife and their habitats. Already we know that average July temperatures at Mammoth Hot Springs were 3.5 degrees warmer during the last decade than in the 1940s. Peak spring runoff in many of Greater Yellowstone’s rivers is occurring 10 to 20 days earlier; and studies show that by 2050 the Yellowstone River between Livingston and Laurel, Mont. — one of the world’s great trout streams — will likely become a warm-water fishery. Whitebark pine, a critical late-season food source for the grizzly bear, has suffered die-offs approaching a staggering 85 percent. Each day we learn more about how climate impacts everything from the growth of wetland plants to the reproductive success of wolverines.
Goals: The Greater Yellowstone Coalition is committed to ensuring the lands, waters, and wildlife of Greater Yellowstone has the best chance possible to adapt and flourish. Reducing existing stressors, restoring degraded habitats, and allowing wildlife the chance to move and migrate to suitable locations will all play an important role in this effort. Our goal is to ensure that this incomparable place continues to shine as a beacon for conservation – even in a time of global climate change.
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December 12, 2013 - New Report On Yellowstone Finds Park Has A Fever And The Only Prescription Is Less Carbon Pollution
August 27, 2013 - What we're seeing now: Sit-ins, civil rights and climate action
July 24, 2013 - In a warming world, cutthroat's future is uncertain
June 21, 2013 - PSC rule could threaten renewable energy projects
March 18, 2013 - Mountaineer Conrad Anker to speak at Greater Yellowstone Coalition event in Salt Lake City