With the help of donations from the Propane Education & Research Council, Yellowstone National Park is reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions.
PERC’s donation included a propane-powered Exmark zero-turn mower, 11 mower cylinders, three Generac portable generators, one Generac standby generator and a 12-cylinder capacity storage cage.
Additionally, the organization is also donating refillable Manchester Tanks and a cylinder refill unit to the park, which will allow Yellowstone to reduce small cylinder waste from campers.
Yellowstone already operates several portable propane-powered generators and forklifts, and propane is used for heating and backup power in some areas of the park during winter months since electricity is often unreliable.
The donation of refillable Manchester Tanks and a refillable cylinder unit will now allow park visitors to refill small 1-, 5-, and 10-pound Manchester propane cylinders. When the refillable cylinders are empty, campers can return them for a refund on their deposit or get the cylinders filled again for reuse.
Yellowstone National Park is the third national park to receive propane-powered equipment donations from PERC this year. Blue Ridge Parkway and Mammoth Cave National Park also deployed new propane equipment over the summer, totaling more than $138,000 in combined donations.