I write to acknowledge and thank you for your generous contribution of an AmpliVox Mity-Meg Megaphone and BeltBlaster Pro Sound System to the Yellowstone Park Foundation’s 3rd Annual Old Faithful Open Golf Scramble.
Your generous gift ensures Yellowstone National Park will continue to receive funding for both priority needs and long-term objectives that protect, promote, and enhance Yellowstone’s natural and cultural resources.
As the long days and nights of winter melt away, new life begins to spring up in Yellowstone. The cheerful chorus of songbirds is returning across the landscape, while flowers of all varieties paint the Park’s hillsides and valleys and knobby-legged bison calves trail by their mother’s side.
As the resurgence of Park life begins, Park rangers prepare for the influx of visitors arriving during the busy spring and summer seasons.
Rangers are already gearing up for managing bear jams and educating visitors on bear safety having sighted the first grizzly of 2016 in late February.
Thanks to YPF funding through the Wildlife and Visitor Safety Program, these rangers will have the resources and training needed to safely supervise the numerous wildlife jams.
Interpretive rangers will soon begin leading guided walks and campfire talks for visitors, as well as encouraging youth to actively learn about Yellowstone through YPF funded youth education programs such as Junior Ranger, Youth Scientist and Wildlife Olympics.
Another significant program resuming this spring is construction around the Roosevelt Arch to correct the traffic and safety issues caused by modern transportation and increased visitation. Restoring the area around this National Historic Landmark will enhance this iconic entrance by providing a safer experience for the millions of visitors that stop to marvel at its grandeur.
Thank you, again, for assisting the world’s first national park in maintaining a margin of excellence that visitors have come to expect. We hope your travels take you to Yellowstone this year and look forward to showing you the impacts of your support.
Karen Bates Kress