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Wyoming Nonprofit Protects Yellowstone and Western Rocky Mountain Wildlife and Holds Tourism Accountable

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America’s Western Rocky Mountain ecosystem thrives on national efforts to conserve and protect the land and everything on it.

A new non-profit organization, Wildlife Tourism for Tomorrow, has launched an initiative to keep wildlife safe throughout Wyoming, including popular areas like Yellowstone National Park.

Wildlife Tourism for Tomorrow founder Taylor Phillips told Fox News Digital that the non-profit is engaging the tourism sector in part to honor the environment that provides them with the resources to do business.

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“This whole initiative was based on a discord that I have seen over the years in the industry where we have hunters and fishermen in Wyoming. [who] pay most of the bills for wildlife management… and conservation,” he said.

Tourists are shown watching Wyoming’s wildlife with Jackson Hole Ecotour Adventures. (The Adventures of Jackson Hole Ecotour)

Phillips explained that hunters and anglers who buy hunting and fishing licenses throughout the state fund the Wyoming Department of Game and Fish.

There is also a tax on hunting rifles and other sporting goods.

This is returned to the federal government and sent back to the state to contribute to wildlife management.

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But tourism-supported businesses, such as restaurants, hotels and tour groups, “cumulatively don’t contribute” to the cause, Phillips said.

“Wildlife tourism for tomorrow is looking to … engage the tourism sector to support this asset and this resource that we need,” he said.

The grizzly bear stands out against the backdrop of Wyoming.  (The Adventures of Jackson Hole Ecotour)

The grizzly bear stands out against the backdrop of Wyoming. (The Adventures of Jackson Hole Ecotour)

Phillips cited “excellent data” from the Wyoming Tourism Authority, saying that wildlife is “a major driver of tourism” for the state.

“The time has come for the tourism sector as a whole to take a step forward to contribute financially and protect this relied upon asset,” he said.

The Wildlife Tourism for Tomorrow program officially launched in the spring of 2021. Over the past six months, she has taken on board 60 travel companies, including real estate companies, hotels, restaurants and travel agencies.

A woman observes wildlife in Wyoming while on tour with Jackson Hole Ecotour Adventures.  (Jackson Hole Ecotour Adventure/Hotel Cloudveil)

A woman observes wildlife in Wyoming while on tour with Jackson Hole Ecotour Adventures. (Jackson Hole Ecotour Adventure/Hotel Cloudveil)

Phillips said he is “very grateful” that he also has the Wyoming Department of Game and Fisheries, the Wyoming Tourism Authority and the office of Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon.

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“We have made about $100,000 and that money is going to help projects,” he said.

“A lot of people are really excited about it.”

These projects include wildlife…

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