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Visitation Up In Grand Teton National Park

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Grand Teton National Park has been busier this summer than it has been over the past summer or two.  According to the monthly report from the National Park Service Visitor Use Statistics office, recreational visitation increased in Grand Teton by over 5% compared with the same month in 2012.  Due to a nominal drop in business traffic in the park, total visits were slightly lower showing a 3.8% increase.   Year-to-date, Grand Teton National Park visits are up over 11%.  Meanwhile, Yellowstone National Park has revised the way they count their visitations this year making comparison difficult.  Still, comparing the number of vehicles entering the park, there has been a 4.3% increase in that park over the same month a year ago.

Interior Secreatary Helps Launch Park Project

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was on hand in Grand Teton National Park Thursday morning to help unveil a $16-million public/private project to renovate the Jenny Lake visitor complex and trail system to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point in time for the National Park Service Centennial in 2016.  Much of the project is being conducted through the Grand Teton National Park Foundation which Jewell says … Continue Reading

Port-o-Potty Screens Installed

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Grand Teton National Park became the first National Park to have every vault toilet vent covered to protect cavity-nesting owls from becoming entrapped in them.  Through the Port-o-Potty Owl Project, … Continue Reading

Interior Secretary Jewell Reaffirms Committment to Land Sale

Sally Jewell

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell stressed the importance of completing the purchase of state sections of land within Grand Teton National park as she visited the parcel that is the next of four to be closed on.  Jewell told reporters that the environmental and aesthetic values of the property are too great to risk losing.  She told reporters … Continue Reading

Managed Fires Here Grow

Hardluck Fire

The Hardluck fire north of Togwotee Mountain Pass is now estimated to involve 10,308 acres and continues to be managed for its resource benefits deep in the Washakie Wilderness.  The fire is burning primarily in litter and understory.  Fire monitors there say the outlook for warmer and drier weather along with increased winds is leading them to anticipate active fire growth.  The Moose Fire in Grand Teton National Park’s back country also continues to burn as a managed fire and is now estimated to involve 2½ acres.

Draw-Down of Area Reservoirs Drastic

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Reservoirs in Western Wyoming and Eastern Idaho are showing the effects of a significant draw-down for irrigation downstream, but the irrigation season is far from over.  Before the season is over, Water Operations Manager Mike Beus of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Minidoka Project says two of the system’s reservoirs … Continue Reading

Fire Danger Rating Goes High

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Federal and local fire authorities have elevated the fire rating in Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest and throughout Teton County now to “high” as hot, dry weather continues.  Grand Teton National Park Fire Communication and Education Specialist Tracy Weaver explains that fire managers in Teton Interagency Fire elevate the fire danger based on several indices; such as … Continue Reading

Senator Enzi Says Sequestration To Be Revisited

Enzi

Hopefully it will be back to the drawing board for sequestration next session.  US Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming says it is time to revisit the implementation of sequestration to accomplish what it was initially intended to do.  Enzi, who was visiting Jackson Hole Sunday and Monday, says while sequestration did cut federal spending, … Continue Reading

Fire Discovered Near Yellowstone’s South Entrance

YNP South Entrance

Yellowstone National Park is reporting a fire that started Monday afternoon about three miles east of the South Entrance.  The Snake Fire is now estimated to be about 40 acres in heavy timber, but little else is known about it.  Park Spokesman Al Nash says a helicopter crew from Grand Teton National Park was dispatched to check out what is there.  The fire is reported to be along the boundary between the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Yellowstone National Park.  Consequently, Firefighting efforts will be jointly managed by the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park.

More Lightning Fires Turn Up In NW Wyoming

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Teton Interagency firefighters responded Monday afternoon to two new fires on the northern end of Bridger Teton National Forest.  Additional firefighting resources are working on several other fires elsewhere on the forest.  At 4:15 pm, a fire was reported on Huckleberry Ridge in the Teton Wilderness of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, south of Yellowstone National Park. This fire is visible from Gros Ventre Junction and resources are traveling to the fire to determine the types of fuels or materials that the fire is burning, and the size of the fire. Firefighters were also called to a fire near … Continue Reading

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