Did you know Yellowstone has a specialized TAPP (Thermal Area Preservation Program) team which safely removes litter and documents resource impacts in thermal areas? This summer alone, TAPP team members like Megan removed 438 hats and 16,404 pieces of litter in thermal areas. The data they collect is used to guide management decisions in order to better protect these natural resources for the future.
“Reach into your pocket for your camera and out comes a stray wrapper along with it. A brief gust of wind and say bye to your hat. Most people know not to throw things into hot springs, but many of the impacts we’re seeing seem to be accidental. So hold onto your hats!” – Megan Norr, Geothermal Monitor