School children, sailors and major corporations are pitching in to see Yellowstone recover from the fire storms last summer that involved 995,000 acres of the 2.2 million-acre park.
Many who have donated have never been to Yellowstone, but they have been spurred by a sense that Yellowstone is "their park," said Duncan Morrow, the Park Service's chief spokesman in Washington, D.C.Some donations have had to be turned down by the Park Service, such as offers of seedlings that are not native to Yellowstone, he said.
Other donations are more unusual, such as the $4,141.41 received from the USS Yellowstone, which raised the money from sailors who watched movies for 41 hours and 41 minutes.
Conoco has pledged $20,000 to produce a 30-minute film that tells the Park Service's side of the story about the fires. The film will be released to 150 television stations and cable networks.
There also have been preliminary talks with Hanna-Barbera, the producer of the "Yogi the Bear" cartoon, on how it might be able to help the effort.
The children's donations are being set aside specifically to pay for a $126,000 "Children's Fire Trail," which will travel through burned and unburned sections of Yellowstone. Along the path will be signs to educate children on the effects of fire.