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Chris Flesch has been named as the new Yellowstone National Park chief of Visitor and Resource Protection (VRP). Flesch is a 17-year veteran of the National Park Service, and he succeeds Sarah Davis who retired this April. As the 19th chief ranger, Flesch’s appointment began on May 1st, 2022. With more than 275 employees to…

A railroad restoration company owner has been found guilty of charges that could mean over 100 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines. 47-year-old John Eldon Rimmasch, the founder and C.E.O. of Wasatch Railroad Contractors, was found guilty of five counts of wire fraud and one count of knowing endangerment. His trial occurred…

As Yellowstone National Park’s 150th anniversary continues, the park and its nonprofit partner begin new efforts to ensure there is a “Yellowstone Forever.” In celebration of Earth Day, Yellowstone Forever and Yellowstone National Park are excited to announce new sustainability efforts to meet future challenges while setting the standard for resource conservation and stewardship worldwide.…

A former Yellowstone contractor will serve nearly four years in prison after assaulting and kidnapping someone within the national park’s boundaries – an automatic federal felony. On April 18, Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal sentenced  40-year-old Gregory Michael Samuel Toth for his actions on Oct. 1, 2021.  He was sentenced to 44 months…

Yellowstone National Park may be opening up, but vast areas of the park are and will remain closed until May or later due to dead animals and hungry grizzlies. Beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, April 15, select roads in Yellowstone National Park will open to the public for the summer of the park’s 150th anniversary…

Both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks make a list of the top ten national parks with the most search and rescue incidents in the last two years. The website Outforia has used publically accessible data to compile lists of the search and rescue incident numbers for all National Park Service sites between 2018 and…

It’s a sign of spring in Yellowstone National Park: the first grizzly of the season has emerged from hibernation and is voraciously foraging for food. On Monday, March 7, a pilot supporting Yellowstone National Park wildlife research observed the first grizzly bear of 2022 – an adult walking in a meadow in the west-central part…

Yellowstone National Park prepares for the summer of its 150th anniversary by plowing the park’s roads in anticipation of the millions of people soon to come. Roads in Yellowstone National Park began closing to oversnow travel on March 6. Spring plowing operations have begun and will continue as additional segments of roads close. All oversnow…

After an extensive review and public comment period, Yellowstone National Park is moving forward with its plan to bring communications into the 21st Century. The National Park Service (NPS) signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (F.O.N.S.I.) for an environmental assessment (EA) to improve telecommunications systems in the developed areas of Yellowstone National Park. The…

During its 150th year, Yellowstone National Park is revaluating its management of bison herds to reflect the latest science and reduce future slaughter. The National Park Service (N.P.S.) announced a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (E.I.S.) for a Bison Management Plan at Yellowstone National Park. The N.P.S. introduces a broad range…


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