"The growth, the little bitty trees, it's amazing how its come back," said one visitor.
|CBS News Correspondent John Blackstone reports from Yellowstone.|
The abundant wildlife seems to declare that this is a place where nature is in charge. Every species that was in Yellowstone at the time of Columbus, rangers boast, can still be found here.
"Yellowstone is the most natural place in the lower forty eight states," declares John Varley, a park scientist who believes that keeping Yellowstone natural means keeping out of nature's way.
"To a large extent we do nothing...we're observers here," says Varley.
|Tourists file in to Yellowstone.|
The park service policy of just watching nature was never more controversial than when the fires of 1988 began and rangers decided to just let them burn. Among the many who wanted the fires fought was Wyoming's Senator at the time, Alan Simpson.
"It was tough, tough for people to swallow," said Simpson. "They knew that their beloved park was burning to the ground and meanwhile everybody was telling them it was joyous."
"She knows how to how to restore this place; how to send it through the the the fountain of youth as it were," said Varley.
Its not unusual to think of the great national parks as preserved remnants of an earlier America. The fires were a reminder that Yellowstone is a living, changing place and not a photograph frozen in time.
Reported by John Blackstone
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