Yellowstone is worth far more than gold. But two mining proposals near America’s first national park threaten this world-famous landscape and the economy that depends on it.
Standing beneath the famous Roosevelt Arch entrance to Yellowstone, our first national park, one can gaze out across meadows filled with herds of bison, pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep. In one direction looms the soaring snowcapped Electric Peak. To the other, the Yellowstone River meanders along the park’s border beneath quiet hillsides.
Now, instead of this idyllic view, imagine an industrial-scale gold mine with heavy equipment and mining trucks lumbering down dirt roads. It’s hard to picture, but two large-scale gold mining projects are being considered at Yellowstone’s doorstep.