Yellowstone Forever, the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park, announced this week that it raised $1-million in private funds over three days at the end of September. Those funds have been matched dollar for dollar using federal funds appropriated for the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, delivering $2-million directly to Yellowstone National Park for the North Entrance Project. The current North Entrance Station in Gardiner is not equipped to meet the challenges of increasing visitation and traffic. In 2018, 365,397 vehicles entered the park through this entrance, which was up 22% from 2013. The project will add an additional lane and kiosk to improve traffic flow and reduce queuing lines, replace the existing two buildings with one larger building/station and two kiosks, improve the flow of employee and delivery traffic from Robert Reamer Avenue, improve pedestrian safety by realigning parking along Robert Reamer Avenue, and replace the water line along Robert Reamer Avenue. The project will begin the summer of 2020 and take two years to complete.