Research: Collaborative Projects

Gardiner Basin Restoration Workshop


Center for Invasive Species Management, Yellowstone National Park, Gallatin National Forest, Yellowstone Park Foundation, Rocky Mountains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee and many others.

Project Summary

In 2005, the Center for Invasive Species Management (formerly the Center for Invasive Plant Management) was one of the three conveners of a cooperative workshop that has now led to a native vegetation restoration project in Yellowstone National Park. The goal of the pilot project is to restore former agricultural fields to native plant species that will benefit habitat for pronghorn antelope and other wildlife. The project will be focused in the park along the Old Yellowstone Trail/ Yellowstone River corridor northwest of Gardiner, Montana, and will be conducted in several phases over the next ten years. In the first phase, 22 acres of land will be fenced to keep wildlife out and allow the native plants to. Depending on funding, another two pilot areas totaling approximately 25-30 acres will be fenced next year. Exhibits discussing Native American and agricultural history of the area; the 1920s and 1930s acquisition of the land for low-elevation wildlife habitat; and the pilot restoration project are being developed and will be installed near the fenced area.

Project Resources

Yellowstone National Park to Begin Native Vegetation Project (Press release, 2008)

Results of the Gardiner Basin Restoration Workshop April 19-21, 2005

Restoring Native Vegetation on Ungulate Winter Range in and near Yellowstone National Park, USA (Poster presented at the Society for Ecological Restoration conference, 2005)