Preserving the Spirit of National Parks: The U.S. Army in Yellowstone
As the flagship U.S. National Park, Yellowstone,throughout its administrative history, has set manyprecedents for park management policies and practicesacross the United States. This essay examines the period ofadministration of the park by the United States Army from1886 to 1916, which was especially formative forYellowstone. The army reversed the trend of ineffectiveleadership in administering the park. The policies enactedduring that period — regarding nature, wildlife, and tourismmanagement — laid the groundwork for the administration ofYellowstone. In turn, many of these best practices wereadopted by subsequent national parks. Most importantly, thearmy's work served as a major factor in the very preservationof the national parks system. Therefore, the parkadministration by the United States Army left a lastinglegacy that is still evident in both Yellowstone and manyother national parks today.