Who Owns Yellowstone National Park?

The first airing on PBS of Ken Burns’s and Dayton Duncan’s twelve-hour series has got us all thinking about the superb idea that blossomed into Yellowstone Park. The idea of preserving areas important to our country evolved later into the National Park Service, and today we have a national network of 391 park units. I’ll post here something I first wrote three years ago about this idea of ours.

The question “Who owns Yellowstone Park” was posted on a Yellowstone chat page. It’s a good question. It drew answers ranging from God, to the Indians who were displaced when the U.S. Congress established it as a park, to all American citizens own it, to "I own Yellowstone." Perhaps they are all right.

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