WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PRESERVE YOUR NATIONAL PARKS
Dear National Park Visitor:
Xanterra Parks & Resorts feels privileged to manage hospitality in some of the most beautiful places on earth, and this sentiment is exemplified by the organization’s strong commitment to environmental stewardship. The company’s mission requires that “business decisions balance economic viability with ecological responsibility” and affirms the belief that “increasing the sustainability of natural systems is not just good business. It’s the right thing to do.”
The leadership role Xanterra has assumed in promoting sustainable business practices in its operations in Yellowstone National Park seems appropriate given that the conservation movement began in Yellowstone over 130 years ago with its designation as the world’s first national park.
Although the scope of our company’s operation is formidable—on a typical summer’s day Xanterra provides 2,100 rooms and 1,750 campsites to 9,200 park visitors, and prepares over 22,000 meals for guests and employees—we recognize the extreme importance of balancing guest interests with the need to preserve the park’s fragile resources.
Protecting our parks is now more important than ever. Climate change and environmental degradation pose significant threats to our national parks and public lands. Current trends suggest that glaciers may disappear from Glacier National Park by 2030. In Yellowstone, the grizzly bear relies on the seeds of the whitebark pine tree as an important part its diet. Sadly, these trees are being destroyed at an alarming rate by a beetle that is thriving because of increasing temperatures.
We hope you—as a park guest who cherishes as much as we do our national parks and public lands—will help us in our quest to keep Yellowstone “green.” By drinking from a reusable water bottle, recycling your aluminum can, or turning off lights when not in use, you’re not only helping the environment. You’re also ensuring that Yellowstone – and all its inhabitants – remains for future generations to enjoy.
Thank you for being green! We welcome your feedback and suggestions.
Director of Sustainability
Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Yellowstone National Park