MiiR x Yellowstone Forever

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 Sunset over travertine pools near Canary Springs
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“Yellowstone National Park provides a natural, wild, and intact ecosystem for almost 400 species of wildlife, but it cannot remain a viable home for these animals without thoughtful efforts.” - Lisa Diekmann, President & CEO

About Yellowstone Forever:

Yellowstone Forever is the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. Their sole mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance Yellowstone through education and philanthropy. Embracing sustainability, they’ve adapted policies, practices, and actions to support the long-term health of Yellowstone National Park, the surrounding communities, and the planet.

On March 1st, 2022, Yellowstone National Park celebrated  its 150th anniversary as the world’s first national park. Today, Yellowstone remains one of the largest nearly intact temperate-zone ecosystems on Earth,  preserving over 10,000 hydrothermal features—more than the rest of the world combined. It’s home to the largest wildlife concentration in the lower 48 states and is the only place in the U.S. where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times. 

Bison along Rose Creek in Lamar Valley image by Neal Herbert

Photo credit: Neal Herbert

 An Ecological Wonder at Risk:

The draw to wild spaces like Yellowstone is undeniable. It’s a place where humans share the  landscape with thousands of wild animals including bison, bears, elk, and wolves. A place where a volcano’s hidden power rises up in colorful hot springs, mud pots, and geysers.

Grand Prismatic Spring Panorama by Jacob W. Frank

Photo credit: Jacob W. Frank

However, Yellowstone’s primitive American beauty is at risk. Human impact, climate change, and an underfunded National Park Service have all taken their toll. 

In June 2022, devastating floods temporarily closed Yellowstone National Park and isolated many surrounding communities. Yellowstone Forever’s response? The Yellowstone Resiliency Fund. They work to provide immediate, flexible financial support to the park community and surrounding areas.  

Yellowstone flood event 2022: Northeast Entrance Road washout near Trout Lake Trailhead

Photo credit: Jacob W. Frank

We’ve partnered with Yellowstone Forever since 2019, with our first grant funding a handful of conservation and sustainability projects within the park. Over the years, we have given over $110,000 through trust-based grants and  employee giving programs, including a $25,000 unrestricted grant in April 2022. June’s devastating floods were another opportunity to act.  We gave an additional $10,000 to the Yellowstone Resiliency Fund to help recovery efforts and mitigate climate risk inside Yellowstone’s nearly 2.2 million acres.

How you can help:

With a record number of park visitors, labor shortages, and now catastrophic weather events, Yellowstone needs all of our support from near and far. 

We’re proud to introduce the MiiR x Yellowstone collection. These products reflect the beauty, majesty and history of the park with each purchase going towards the Yellowstone Resiliency Fund. If you’re feeling even more moved to give, add a donation to your purchase at checkout.  

Shop the collection here.

Yellowstone Flood

Photo credit: Jacob W. Frank

What’s happening in Yellowstone isn’t unique. Parks and public lands all over the US have seen an uptick in visitorship, labor shortages, and harsh weather patterns. Preserving public lands for ecological, community, and cultural reasons is critical to their ongoing health. Yellowstone leads these efforts with a vision that spans far into the future so these wild places continue to thrive alongside people.