Introduction The keystone upon which effective resources management decisions are formulated can be defined as the quantity and quality of readily available information. Given the current time and budgetary constraints confronting National Park Service resource managers, an expedient, reliable and consistent means of information storage and retrieval must be made available.
With financial support provided through the University of Wyoming - National Park Service Research Center, a natural resources database addressing these concerns has been generated for Yellowstone National Park. Termed the Yellowstone National Park Natural Resources Bibliography (YNPNRB), the database can be defined as a comprehensive, computerized bibliographic storage and retrieval system consisting of Yellowstone National Park natural resources information.
The YNPNRB was developed primarily to: save time, effort and expense in locating Yellowstone National Park natural resources literature; reduce the possibility of future duplication of effort; aid in the identification of those Park areas where possible data-gaps exist; and computerize Yellowstone National Park bibliographic information to ensure rapid retrieval-updating capability.
Subject areas incorporated into the system include: water resources, fish and wildlife, range management, recreation, geology and numerous other disciplines associated with the natural resources of Yellowstone National Park. At present, the database contains approximately 8,500 citations which will hopefully grow as new information becomes available.
Bibliographic information incorporated into the YNPNRB was obtained from a variety of sources including federal and state agencies, universities, city and county offices, libraries, consulting firms, commercial database searches, and environmental and special interest groups.
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