Posted: Apr 11, 2013 11:36 AM
Updated: Apr 11, 2013 12:58 PM
BOZEMAN - Yellowstone National Park is getting $600,000 in grants for upcoming projects from the Yellowstone Park Foundation.
"Now more than ever in these difficult and uncertain times, YPF is especially grateful to our generous donors for making this funding possible," Yellowstone Park Foundation President Karen Kress said in a news release. "Our fundraising efforts for the Park are even more necessary because projects like these might otherwise go by the wayside in light of current budget cuts."
"These grants from the Yellowstone Park Foundation will help us maximize our resources that are even more limited than before sequestration, so that these important projects can move forward," Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk said in the release.
The 12 projects funded by the Yellowstone Park Foundation for the spring 2013 grant cycle include:
Slough Creek Native Trout Project $100,000
Slough Creek, a stronghold for cutthroat trout, has
recently been invaded by rainbow trout. This project will
identify the invasion source, and design a solution for
Yellowstone Raptor Initiative $ 85,000
Funding for the third year of this five-year project will
allow researchers to study inadequately monitored
raptors that nest in or use Yellowstone.
Wildlife and Visitor Safety Program $ 75,000
Supports additional seasonal rangers needed to maintain
public safety and provide essential education.
Wildlife Health Program $ 50,000
Will integrate disease surveillance and interventions
that preserve wildlife health, and reduce disease risks
to visitors and Park staff.
Solar Energy Upgrades at Buffalo Ranch in Lamar $ 45,000
Upgrades will replace ineffective, aging equipment for
this small development that does not have commercial
power and has partially relied on the sun for electricity
Prevent Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program $ 40,000
Funding AIS for inspection, education and purchase of
cleaning equipment to keep AIS out of Yellowstone's
Removal of Illegal Trails in the Bechler Region $ 40,000
Two substantial illegal trails impacting the Bechler
back-country will be removed to discourage continued
travel via these routes.
Snake River Archeology Project $ 40,000
Research to be conducted of this largely unstudied corridor
containing intact archeological strata used by native peoples
for the past 12,000 years.
Scientists Symposium for Old Faithful $ 35,000
A scientist's review panel will advise the Park on existing
knowledge of the hydrothermal system, impacts of past
and existing development on the system, and best manage-
ment options for the future at Old Faithful.
Remote Sensors for Boundary Enforcement $ 30,000
YPF funding is making possible a pilot program that
uses remote sensing equipment in the backcountry to
help deter boundary violations and wildlife poaching.
Development of a Distance Learning Studio $ 30,000
Equipment and space for live webcast programs between
Park rangers and classrooms across the U.S. that want
interactive programs for their students.
Scientific Research on Brown Bats $ 30,000
Around 6.7 million bats have died as a result of White
Nose Syndrome in the U.S. as of January 2012. This
grant extends 2012 studies to keep bats healthy, and
address climate change effects and other stressors. YPF
funds will complete a two-year study to determine
habitat, activity and their beneficial role in the ecosystem.