Yellowstone Park Foundation

Michelin and Yellowstone National Park: a national treasure deserves the best and most environmental tires in the world.

After 144 years as our first National Park, Yellowstone remains home to the largest concentration of wildlife in the lower 48. Geologically, it is an endless panorama of natural beauty, including more geysers, hot springs and hydrothermal spectacles than the world combined. But preservation of America’s Park is a mammoth job and takes mountains of money and very careful planning for its sustainability. It is a big responsibility--one that cannot be left solely to the government.

Since 2008, Michelin has been a major corporate partner with the Yellowstone Park Foundation (YPF), the official fundraising organization of Yellowstone National Park since 1996 that has contributed more than $70 million dollars to this great national treasure.

As a corporate partner to YPF, Michelin has donated more than 1,400 tires that help equip Yellowstone National Park’s fleet of 800-plus vehicles – vehicles that include everything from patrol cars and garbage trucks to giant earthmoving vehicles, rotary snow plows and large load-hauling tractor trailers.

This summer Michelin renewed this commit to Yellowstone and will continue to be the park’s primary tire provider. This ongoing partnership helps reduce critical operating expenses and lowers Yellowstone’s consumption of raw materials through the use of MICHELIN® tires, which have two to three times the life span of comparable tires. Very importantly, the company is also helping reduce the park’s overall fuel consumption by employing Michelin’s industry leading green tire technologies, which the French tire company first spearheaded 21 years ago and continues to refine today. These sustainability goals for efficient tire performance are significant given that, on average, the park’s vehicles collectively travel 3.75 million miles per year on the park’s more than 420 miles of roadways.

“We began this partnership with the Yellowstone Park Foundation with the shared hope of boosting fuel economy to help the park reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 percent by 2016,” said Pete Selleck, chairman and president of Michelin North America. “So far the results have been very encouraging, and we are proud to renew our commitment to supply tires and expertise to the country’s most revered historical national park.”

In addition to tire donations, Michelin regularly deploys its field engineers to consult with the park's fleet managers on how to optimize tire use for better fuel economy and performance. Additionally, they provide training on the mounting of very specialized tires, including oversized earthmovers and XOne® wide base tires. This training has led to improved product performance, efficiency and safety, and a considerable reduction in costs.

Through its donations and work, Michelin North America has helped Yellowstone National Park save approximately $275,000 to $300,000 every year.

“National park budgets have been cut dramatically due to sequestration,” said Karen Bates Kress, Yellowstone Park Foundation President. “By saving Yellowstone over a quarter million dollars each year, Michelin’s exceptional generosity allows the Park to divert the funds it saves to other important projects, and maximize its resources.”

Michelin’s renewed commitment extends to the end of 2016, but like the park itself, the prospects of this partnership have endless possibilities.

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