Yellowstone’s future to be discussed at 10th biennial scientific conference
Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 06:51PM
Beth Pratt in Yellowstone

The grizzly bear is one topic of discussion at the upcoming conference. Photo: Beth PrattA description of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) is usually filled with superlatives: at 28,000 square miles, the GYE contains one of the largest remaining intact temperate ecosystems on the planet, half of the earth’s hydrothermal features, the world’s first national park, and first international biosphere reserve. The area is also rich in biodiversity and supports an array of life, including the largest wild free-roaming bison herd in the United States.

This week, scientists, public land managers and others will gather in Yellowstone National Park to help shape the future of the GYE at the 10th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Themed “Questioning Greater Yellowstone’s Future: Climate, Land Use and Invasive Species,” the event is cooperative effort of public land agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations.

The conference’s goal is to examine the changes that climate, land use, and invasive species will bring to the GYE and consider strategies to manage these changes. Tom Olliff, NPS Landscape Coordinator and member of the conference planning committee, says the conference will provide a forum to continue the work that was started on these issues at a number of other gatherings over the past year. “My hope for the conference is to continue down the path of linking scientists and managers on these three landscape-scale issues.”

The 10th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is being held October 11-13 at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel in Yellowstone National Park. For more information visit the conference website.

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