Yellowstone National Park is a visionary gift that was bestowed upon the world on March 1, 1872. On that day, Pres. Ulysses S. Grant signed the bill that created the world's first national park. Filled with natural wonders and inspiring scenery, it is home to some of America's rarest and wildest species. Its natural appeal is enhanced by the thrilling display of wildlife living within the park boundaries. More than three million visitors a year pass through the park's portals and enter "Wonderland."
The Best of Yellowstone National Park reveals the best things to see and do in the world’s first national park, from the best day hikes and scenic drives to the best places to see wildlife and wildflowers. Former National Park Service ranger Alan Leftridge guides the reader through all the superlatives Yellowstone has to offer, including sections on the best activities for kids and the best things to do on a rainy or snowy day. Where are the bears? Where can wolves be seen? Where are the best fishing spots? What are the must-see historic sites? Where are the best waterfalls? This handy guide has all the answers. Amply illustrated with 195 color photographs and 15 locator maps, The Best of Yellowstone National Park should be in every visitor’s backpack and within easy reach on the dashboard.
"A detailed, well documented history of the extablishment (in 1872), growth, and maturation of Yellowstone National Park . . . America's (and the world's) first national park." ÑWildlife Book Review "Without question the best and most thought-provoking volume on America's first national park that has been written in the last half-century." ÑJournal of the West "Broad ranging, informative, thoughtful, and simply fun to read." ÑWestern Historical Quarterly
An Insider's Guide to the Park, as Related by Ranger Norm
Author: Susan Frank,Phil Frank
Contributors trace the social, political, economic, and cultural conditions under which environmental movements have emerged, and assess the transformative capacities of these movements by analyzing their structural ties, cultural values, and political strategies. Two sets of countries illustrate di
Yellowstone National Park is beloved passionately and, as with all objects of passion, it generates heated feelings and has for over 125 years. Created in 1872, Yellowstone has been at the center of efforts to conserve the nation's once vast western wilderness. In turn Yellowstone's history has demonstrated how complex those efforts to conserve it have been. As Schullery writes, "We inherited this great humming thing . . . Ever since then we have imagined ourselves wise enough to control it and have rushed to judge what is wrong with it. And every time we looked hard enough, we discovered that there was more wrong with our judgment than with Yellowstone." This marvelously detailed book skillfully and objectively traces the park's social and ecological history from Pleistocene times to the present. Searching for Yellowstone is an absolute "must read" for anyone wanting to understand why the park is engraved in the American consciousness.
Release on 1999-02-01 | by Mary Meagher,Douglas B. Houston
Photographs Across a Century
Author: Mary Meagher,Douglas B. Houston
Pubpsher: University of Oklahoma Press
Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is the oldest and one of the largest national parks in the world. In this remarkable book, scientists Mary Meagher and Douglas B. Houston present 100 sets of photographs that compare the Yellowstone of old with the park of today. Most of the photo sets include three pictures-not the usual two-with many of the original views dating back to the 1870s and 1880s. From the same photo points used by early photographers, Meagher and Houston rephotographed the scenes in the 1970s, and then, following the great fires of 1988, again in the 1990s. The result is an illuminating record of Yellowstone's dynamic ecosystem and its changes over time. Through close analysis of the photos and reference to the vast amount of available data, Meagher and Houston describe changes in vegetation, growth of wildlife populations, the effect of beaver occupancy on wetland areas, and geothermal and elevational shifts. At the same time they point out the extent to which many sites have not changed-despite important switches in park policy and an increase in human activity. Yellowstone National Park has long been the focus of major ecological debates. Should managers allow wildfires to burn? Should the elk and bison populations be controlled? Are too many people visiting the park? Yellowstone And The Biology Of Time offers a wealth of information to help us answer these questions. A visual treasure, this book will be of value to scientists from various disciplines as well as to the many people who care about Yellowstone and other protected wilderness areas around the world.