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Local Firefighters Head To Fires Elsewhere

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While wildfires in the Greater Yellowstone area have been fairly manageable this year for the most part, that has not been the case elsewhere in the Eastern Great Basin Geographic Area.  That is the fire coordination that encompasses this area as well as other forests and grasslands to the west.  In fact, considering the severity of the fires … Continue Reading

Woman Rescued From Blacktail Butte

GTNP Rescue

Grand Teton National Park’s rescue team was called to assist a New York woman who had become injured while hiking Blacktail Butte with a companion Saturday evening.  Park Spokesperson Jackie Skaggs says just before 6:00 pm, … Continue Reading

Mead Cautious About Land Trade

Governor Matt Mead

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in Jackson last week stressed the importance of completing the purchase of state sections of land within Grand Teton National park. However, she told reporters that the Interior Department doesn’t have money for a cash deal and that the BLM is on board for the proposal of a land exchange for the $91-million land sale of the two remaining parcels.  Exactly what might be offered … Continue Reading

Visitation Up In Grand Teton National Park

GTNP Entrance

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

Journeys

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

owl screens

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

Burec

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

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