“Yellowstone. It’s a lot different than it is on television, I can tell you that.”
“I’ve been a ranch hand, working the land on the Paramount series Yellowstone, a role I was born to play,” Bohen begins for the studio’s Take Action initiative.
It’s a part he was born to play not just for television – but for the world. For Bohen, working the lands as a bunkhouse boy realizes multiple dreams – one that took hold in his childhood explorations of Yellowstone National Park.
“As a kid, I discovered my love for this giant, wild punchbowl where the sky just goes on forever. But today, something is amiss,” the actor admits. “Yellowstone [National Park] has seen changes that have hunters and ranchers, scientists and park visitors alike, concerned. Not just for the future of the park, but for the planet itself.”
Now, Bohen wants to know “why this particular place is so important. Why this environment, this ecosystem can answer the bigger questions that we have.” And he’s far from alone in his pondering.
“This trip is different than the ones I took as a child,” the Yellowstone star clarifies. “This trip isn’t about discovering nature’s beauty – but about finding out what I can do to preserve it.”
Ian Bohen Holds a Deep Connection to the Real National Park
As part of Paramount Network’s Take Action program, Ian Bohen set out in 2019 to join the fight for Yellowstone National Park – and Earth’s ecosystems at large. Partnering with park ranger and biologist Eric Oberg, Bohen wants to know why Yellowstone’s lands, plants, flowers, and insects are having to adapt so rapidly. It’s all part of an ongoing study to understand how the park’s environment is changing – and Bohen’s mind, heart, and soul remain fully committed.
“This is one of the world’s most pristine natural laboratories,” Oberg tells Bohen. “It’s really one of the places that gets us as close as we can be to the most natural conditions that we find on Earth.”
Bohen is fascinated with Oberg’s phenology program at Yellowstone, where the scientist and ranger studies the cycles of nature among the national park’s lands.
“I would imagine that studying cycles and patterns are going to highlight changes that the ecosystem’s going through,” the actor replies. His passion is evident, with Bohen fully himself. There’s no trace of Ryan here. Simply a man born to help bring attention to one of the most dire crises plaguing our world today.
“Nature is always going through changes,” Oberg answers. “But here at Yellowstone, we have some really clear evidence that that pace of change is happening faster. Spring is now coming about a month sooner than it did 30 years ago,” he reveals, startling Bohen.
Take Action: Save Yellowstone National Park
Paramount’s phenomenal feature highlights much of the problems that plague Yellowstone. But it also tells us, Outsiders, what we can do to help. And we cannot recommend giving the full incentive a watch below enough:
Bunkhouse favorite Ian Bohen took a trip to Yellowstone National Park to explore why this ecosystem is so important in answering bigger questions about the environment… Learn more about how to make a difference in your area: https://bit.ly/2yTzYqfParamount Network
Keep up the excellent work, Ian.