A federal judge has allowed buffalo herding by helicopter, in response to a lawsuit filed by an environmentalist group that had obtained a restraining order against such operations in Yellowstone National Park last year, alleging the practice adversely affects grizzly bears. Helicopters have been used for more than a decade to steer wandering bison back into Yellowstone each spring.
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Avfuel dealer Choice Aviation’s new facilities are up and running at Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody, Wyo., which is less than an hour from Yellowstone National Park. Choice Aviation was founded at the end of World War II by Glenn Nielson. His grandson Jay Nielson and his father, Jim, run the FBO. The new facilities include WSI weather, satellite television, a library, relaxation rooms and lounges and free courtesy cars.
It helps to have a clear mission in business, and Yellowstone Jetcenter, at Gallatin Field (BZN) in Bozeman, Mont., enjoys just such a focus. Jim Dolan, one of the financial driving forces behind the elite Yellowstone Club real-estate project, acquired the FBO in 2000 as a gateway to the region. His plan for promoting the Yellowstone Club included easy access by business jet, and the FBO was an integral piece of the puzzle.