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The Big Sky Institute at Montana State University is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to creating, applying, and communicating science-based knowledge. The BSI Ecological Informatics Lab brings together natural sciences, geographic information systems (GIS), statistics, modeling, information technology, and computational programming with a comprehensive goal of making ecological data more useful to society. BSI partners with several NBII Nodes to disseminate information and to create value-added tools for interacting with data.

Greater Yellowstone GIS Data

GIS data layers of the Greater Yellowstone Area have been created by various organizations and collected and made available for download by the Big Sky Institute. The following layers can be downloaded in Shapefile or KMZ format. KMZ files are viewable in Google Earth.

Greater Yellowstone Administrative Boundaries

Greater Yellowstone Biological Data

Greater Yellowstone Land/Terrain

Greater Yellowstone Transportation

GYE Elk Winter Range Map

Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Map of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
[Maps: Aaron Jones, Big Sky Institute]
Click on map to open larger image in new window.

The Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee (GYCC) was formed to allow representatives from the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to pursue opportunities of mutual cooperation and coordination in the management of core federal lands in the Greater Yellowstone area. Go to the official GYCC website for information about the committee, their accomplishments, maps, and related resources.

Greater Yellowstone Federal Administrative Units are:

The NBII Program is administered by the Biological Informatics Program of the U.S. Geological Survey
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