Yellowstone National Park is preparing to kick-off a collaborative Adaptive Management Program to evaluate the implementation of its new winter use management plan.

The Adaptive Management Program is part of the new management paradigm for winter use outlined by the recently released winter use final Plan/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, Record of Decision and final rule. Park officials say collaborative adaptive management will allow the National Park Service (NPS) to gather more information about park resource conditions through scientific monitoring and to seek additional public input. Managers will consider this additional information to assess and improve the management of winter use in Yellowstone National Park.

An initial public meeting about Yellowstone’s Adaptive Management Program will be held in Bozeman, Montana on Friday, November 22, 2013 at the MSU Engineering and Physical Sciences Building (Room 126) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Following the first meeting, the NPS will work with the public and all interested stakeholders on the preparation of a long-term and sustainable adaptive management plan. The plan will describe how the NPS will monitor and evaluate its management strategy for winter use for years to come.