A Conservation Update and Thank You from Lyndy Caine, Firehole Ranch Owner
One of the many reasons I own Firehole Ranch is my passion for protecting and conserving wild land for future generations. We invite guests to join us in this important endeavor by making a donation to conservation equal to 1/2% of their guest package. This year you contributed over $4,500! At the end of the season your donations are divided amongst three outstanding conservation groups here in Montana. This month’s newsletter focuses on one of these groups, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition (GYC).
The incomparable Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem – one of the last great largely intact temperate ecosystems left on Earth – is as healthy ecologically as it has been at any time since Yellowstone became the world’s first national park in 1872. Grizzly bears roam in greater numbers. Bison habitat is expanding. Wolves are back on the landscape, giving Greater Yellowstone its full complement of wildlife for the first time in nearly a century.
It is due in great part to the work of such organizations as the Greater Yellowstone Coalition that this magnificent region continues to amaze and awe, drawing record numbers of visitors each year to experience its wonders. But at GYC their work is far from finished. With human populations rising, development accelerating and the climate warming, overall wildlife habitat continues to shrink and pressures on the landscape intensify. As the only conservation group dedicated solely to Greater Yellowstone, we are uniquely positioned to protect these lands, waters, and wildlife so that our children and grandchildren will have the opportunity to bear witness to this rare slice of nature’s handiwork. They do this by working locally from their four GYC offices with a wide variety of stakeholders to ensure boots-on-the-ground solutions for the challenges facing us. Learn more about this important organization at www.greateryellowstone.org.
Counting our many blessings, we thank you for your contributions, your support of Firehole Ranch and your enthusiasm for the Yellowstone region. Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season!
Lyndy Caine, Owner