Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

State: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
Region: Northwest Wyoming, Southern Montana and Southeastern Idaho

There is no place on earth like Greater Yellowstone. The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is one of the last remaining large, nearly intact ecosystems in the northern temperate zone of our planet, and includes Yellowstone National Park. This area is a flagship site among conservation groups that promote ecosystem management.  EcoFlight supports the work of The Greater Yellowstone Coalition amongst many other organizations that works so hard to protect these precious lands.  A 20-million-acre ecosystem requires constant attention to ensure public and private lands are continually managed for long-term sustainability of the pristine watersheds and abundant wildlife.

In a recent effort to protect sage-grouse habitat, approximately 640,000 acres in eastern Idaho is being considered by the BLM for a mineral withdrawal. This move would preclude mining and protect lands that sage-grouse, mule deer, elk, and many other species rely on.

The following are just a few of the areas and issues we are currently working on today within this magnificent ecosystem: In Wyoming the Red Desert to Hoback migration corridor, sage grouse habitat, the Bighorn Basin, McCullough Peaks, the Beartooth-Absaroka Front, the Wyoming Range, the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the Upper Green River Valley, the Red Desert; in Idaho – the phosphate mines and roadless areas; in Montana, Tester’s Forest and Recreation Act, the Gallatin Crest, Forest Service lands and the ubiquitous infestation of the whitebark pine beetle that has affected our wildlife habitat in all of these areas.

EcoFlight Across America - The Mountain Pinebeetle 2009 from EcoFlight on Vimeo.


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