killed thousands of giant sequoias in nearby Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.

The National Park Service is experimenting with ways of adapting to the changing climate. The federal infrastructure bill passed last year has $1.7 billion for national parks, which includes money for climate mitigation projects like relocating trails from flood zones. Other efforts include Glacier National Park biologists relocating bull trout to lower-temperature waters and staff members in Joshua Tree National Park clearing brush and invasive species from cooler or wetter areas that are more likely to sustain Joshua trees. In Yosemite, rangers are thinning forests to reduce the risk of wildfire.

Ms. Kodish said polling by the National Parks Conservation Association shows strong bipartisan support to protect the park system, which she described as “American as apple pie.”

Americans, she said, could change their everyday decisions to combat climate change and protect parks: Dry laundry on a clothesline instead of a dryer. Take public transportation. Urge their local representatives to move the country away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy.

expect to see an increase in fires, dying forests, expanding grasslands, more invasive plants and shallower, warmer waterways.

This week’s flooding will cut off the northern reaches of the park, one of the nation’s most-visited natural wonders, to tourists for the rest of the busy summer travel season. And officials warned that more rain and flooding could be on the way.

sprawls across more than two million acres in the northwest corner of Wyoming and into Montana and Idaho. In 2021, more than 4.8 million people visited, a significant increase over previous years.

The storm that caused the flooding and mudslides this week began with two to three inches of rain over the weekend. Combined with warming temperatures that melted 5.5 inches of snow, the rain created the flood.

Hundreds of homes were flooded in communities north of the park in Montana, including Gardiner and Cooke City, which were also cut off from supplies of food and clean water, officials said. Floodwaters knocked out the water plant in the state’s largest city, Billings, leaving less than two days of supplies for residents. On Wednesday, Montana’s lieutenant governor requested a presidential major disaster declaration.

Ominously, some forecasts suggest more warmth and rain in four to five days, even as another foot of snow remains on Yellowstone’s mountains, raising the possibility of yet another series of floods, Mr. Sholly said.

Bill Berg, one of three commissioners in Park County, Mont., said he feared that a number of hotels and restaurants in the area might go out of business with the park’s northern entrance closed for the season. Summer is when most businesses make the bulk of their money, he said.

He said this week’s flooding was by far the worst he had seen in 50 years living in the area. He watched as the river swelled and carried full-grown trees downstream. On Wednesday, standing on the river’s edge, he gave an inventory of the debris left behind: piles of logs, pillows, toys, cabinets and a solitary cross-country ski.

“It was ripping and roaring,” he said from his home in Gardiner. “Mother Nature, she don’t mess around.”

Reporting was contributed by Alex Traub, Livia Albeck-Ripka, Henry Fountain and Christine Hauser. Alain Delaquérière contributed research.

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