Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Information
The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) contains one of the last remaining intact ecosystems in the lower 48 states. The Yellowstone Supervolcano creates a landscape unlike any other, literally pushing the earth’s crust upward, and creating and transforming some of the most jaw-dropping and rugged mountains in North America. These mountain ranges include, but are not limited to, the Teton Mountains, the Absaroka Mountains, the Beartooth Mountains, the Wind River Mountains, the Wyoming Range, the Gros Ventre Mountains, the Snake River Mountains and more. Within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are two distinctly beautiful national parks: Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Contained in both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, the endless geology is enough to pique anyone’s interests, from the scenic viewpoints at Oxbow Bend and the Snake River Overlook, to the geologic wonders of the Upper, Midway, and Lower Geyser Basins, to the endless wildlife, the area boasts wildness in its nature that can appeal to anyone. It’s home to every form of species that inhabited the land prior to the mass killings of predatory species across the country less than two centuries ago, and thanks to recovery efforts that began in 1995, both the gray wolf and grizzly bear have seen extraordinary regrowth thanks to the spacious room to roam throughout the GYE. However, these species face an uphill battle in their continued recovery as private interests and development prevent them from inhabiting their former territory, cut off from other populations that are desperately needed to keep the population diverse. Too little help, and their fate could be sealed, affecting everything from insects to humans.