The Yellowstone Association and Yellowstone Park Foundation have announced the name of their new merger: Yellowstone Forever.
We previously reported the groups were merging last fall, after a unanimous vote by each organizations’ board of directors. Earlier this summer, the new group (at that time unnamed) announced that former executive director of Environmental Working Group (EWG) Heather White would serve as Yellowstone Forever’s President and CEO.
According to a Yellowstone Forever press release, the new organization will strive to meet the aims of both the YA (education) and YPF (fundraising) and be “a powerful force in conserving one of America’s most cherished national treasures.” From the press release:
Yellowstone Forever’s combined operations now include:
• 11 educational Park Stores with gross sales of over $4.9 million; proceeds directly benefit Yellowstone
• The Yellowstone Forever Institute, which offers more than 600 in-depth programs each year
• A supporter program of over 50,000 Yellowstone enthusiasts raising funds to support critical park priority projects
“Yellowstone Forever is dedicated to conserving this crown jewel of our national park system,” said Heather White, President and CEO of Yellowstone Forever, who will oversee the newly created entity. “We will connect even more people to Yellowstone National Park through outstanding visitor experiences and educational programs. Our work will spark a new era of stewardship and philanthropy to support the growing needs of the world’s first national park and to ensure that Yellowstone lasts for years to come.”
“Yellowstone Forever will take the best of philanthropy and the best of education to provide an unforgettable experience for all of those who care about the park,” said Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk. “We are excited to work together to support the highest priorities for Yellowstone, and to conserve its nature and wildlife forever.”
To celebrate the merger, Yellowstone Forever will be hosting an event Friday, November 18 at 6 p.m. MST at the REI Store in Bozeman, Montana (220 Tschache Lane). As part of the event, Yellowstone Forever will be donating copies of The Art of Science: Mammoth Hot Springs as a Window on the Universe by photographer Tom Murphy and scientist Bruce Fouke to every public library within 100 miles of Yellowstone National Park.