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As millions of tourists flood the region, is Yellowstone being loved to death?

May 12, 2018View for printing

On a summer's day, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is a busy place.

The Hyalite Peak trail south of Bozeman features a steady stream of foot traffic, one of the most popular forest recreation destinations in Montana. East of Hyalite Peak in the adjacent Paradise Valley, rafts crowd the shore of the Yellowstone River as people jostle to launch for a day's float. In both places, vehicles are parked along roads and ditches because the parking lot at the trailhead and fishing access sites are full.

"More people are doing more things in more places," said Scott Christensen, director of conservation for the Bozeman-based Greater Yellowstone Coalition advocacy group.

That prompts the question: How in the face of such recreation pressure can the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem be protected?

BRETT FRENCH For the Star-Tribune ... e-top-story
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