The Upper Yellowstone River
With a focus on the stretch of river from the community of Gardiner downstream to Livingston
Along this stretch of the river, in an area commonly known as Paradise Valley, various dynamics exist; family ranches, destination fly fishing, the gateway to Yellowstone National Park, and key wildlife habitat. Hear from a rancher, a river restoration professional, an outdoor recreation business owner, and a Traditional Ecological Knowledge educator who are all deeply connected to this river. Whether the challenge is drought, flood, impact from river recreation, development, or otherwise, witness how approaches that are guided by local communities and by the river itself can create greater resiliency for the people and place here. Learn about the work of the Upper Yellowstone Watershed Group, showing what is possible when people with varying priorities work together for the benefit of the river and landscape that connects them.
Witness how the connectivity and well-being of a community is directly related to that of the environment it is a part of.
We hope this film gives a window into some of the specific elements of this river and the people connected to it, as well as messages that resonate for people around the world as they look at their own relationship with their local river.
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Life in the Land: The Upper Yellowstone River
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Voices Featured & Podcasts
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Wendy is the Executive Director of Montana Freshwater Partners, an organization that works to restore, enhance, and protect Montana’s rivers, streams, and wetlands through science-based and innovative solutions that benefit people, communities, and our shared natural environment. Wendy is a licensed professional civil engineer with over 20 years in land development, water, wastewater infrastructure, water resource design, and aquatic resource conservation. She strongly believes in protecting and enhancing Montana’s valuable river and riparian resources, and promoting landscape resiliency.
Druska and her family are livestock producers in Emigrant, MT. They are third generation ranchers with a commercial cow calf operation. Druska served as a co-chair for the Upper Yellowstone Watershed Group for 3 years. Druska has a firm belief that you must have a seat at the table to be involved in solutions for the complex problems affecting agriculture. She has served on many statewide elk committees and has worked with other livestock producers addressing brucellosis, diseased wildlife, designated surveillance areas, and elk management plans. Druska also served as a school board trustee for the Livingston School District.
Scott is Santee and an enrolled Crow Tribal Member. He is the Founder of Project Indigenous, which works to connect people to the environments they are a part of through Traditional Ecological Knowledge education. Over several decades, Scott has consulted on a variety of areas related to the environment, Indigenous communities, and water. Outside of Montana, Scott has shared insight and educational practices in Mexico, New Zealand, South America, Hungary, Holland, the NASA Colloquium, Langley Research Cener, Cornell Law College, and elsewhere. When asked what his perspective is as a Native person on water, wellness, and environmental issues, he replied: "To me all things on this planet are Earth,Wind, Fire, and Water. We are a servant to nature not the master of the environment. We are a part of the environment not a part from the environment.
Born and raised in Livingston, Dale is the Co-Owner of Dan Bailey's Outdoor Co., which has been providing recreational gear and services to the area since 1938. The original owner, Dan Bailey himself, was not only a fly fishing shop owner, he was a strong advocate for the health and well-being of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Dale carries on that ethic and engages where he can to speak up for the Yellowstone River and the well-being of the ecosystem it is a part of. Dale is also on the Steering Committee for Wild Livelihoods, a coalition of local business owners near Yellowstone National Park who pursue opportunities and meet challenges in the entwined economies and environment of the region.
The Upper Yellowstone Watershed Group
A coalition that works through consensus-based collaboration among the stakeholders of the Upper Yellowstone River watershed to enhance watershed health and the regional economy. Some of their current focal areas include: Water (drought & flood planning, cutthroat trout conservation), Working Lands (weed management, soil health), Wildlife (fencing programs, coexistence), & Recreation (River Recreational Use Study). Full Watershed Group meetings are open to the public. LEARN MORE
Links to entities related to this content:
A coalition that works through consensus-based collaboration among the stakeholders of the Upper Yellowstone River watershed to enhance watershed health and the regional economy. Full Watershed Group meetings are open to the public.
All proceeds of this campaign support community-guided conservation & restoration projects such as river etiquette signage, river ambassador program development, riparian restoration, & recreational use monitoring.
An organization that works to restore, enhance, and protect Montana’s rivers, streams, and wetlands through science-based and innovative solutions that benefit people, communities, and our shared natural environment.
Park CD, in partnership with NRCS, works to guide Park County in the conservation and management of soil, water, cropland, grazing lands, weeds and small acreages by providing leadership in conservation planning, technical assistance, education resources, and resource management tools and inventories.
A coalition of local business owners near Yellowstone National Park who pursue opportunities and meet challenges in the entwined economy and environment.
A Montana based organization that utilizes outdoor education to connect people to the environments they are a part of, and works to benefit the well-being of people and place through Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
An organization that works with communities of Park County to safeguard the land, water, wildlife and people of Yellowstone’s Northern gateway through grassroots organizing and community advocacy.
A coalition of residents, agencies, private foundations, business owners, local landowners, & more in the Upper Yellowstone watershed who are working to find collaborative solutions that enhance the safety of people & wildlife traveling along Highway 89.
A group that promotes thoughtfully planned growth in order to protect and enhance Park County, Montana’s vibrant communities, sustainable working lands, and healthy natural resources.
An organization working to unite and support Montana’s community-based conservation networks to promote healthy and productive watersheds.
A community led effort to ensure Gardiner, MT remains an authentic, vibrant, and healthy community.