Success Story 2019

Yellowstone Gateway

Photo: Erik Petersen
Yellowstone Gateway
Park County Environmental Council
30,370 acres protected

The Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act protects 30,370 acres adjacent to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and Yellowstone National Park from industrial scale gold mining. Congress passed this bill in February 2019 as part of the Natural Resources Management Act.  Passage of this bill makes permanent the 20-year mining prohibition, otherwise known as a mineral withdrawal, that outgoing Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed in October 2018.  This area includes Paradise Valley, Emigrant Gulch and Crevice Mountain, and is important migration habitat for mule deer and elk.