Yellowstone National Park Environment

Fires have always occurred periodically in the Yellowstone ecosystem. Records kept since 1930 show that lightning starts an average of 22 fires each year. Vegetation in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem has adapted to fire and in some cases is dependent on the removal of the forest overstory to become established. Other plants growing on the forest floor are adapted to survive at a subsistence level for long periods of time until fires open the overstory.

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November's Featured Park
The North Cascades have long been known as the North American Alps. Characterized by rugged beauty, this steep mountain range is filled with jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and glaciers. North Cascades National Park Service Complex contains the heart of this mountainous region in three park units which are all managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas.
November's Animal
Badgers are animals of open country. Their oval burrows (ten inches across and four to six inches high) are familiar features of grasslands on sandy or loamy soils of the eastern plains or shrub country in mountain parks or western valleys.