Envision the Future!
The National Park Service (NPS) is planning for the future of the Moose-Wilson corridor in Grand Teton National Park. Please sign up for our e-mail list to stay in touch, and read the preliminary alternatives newsletter to learn more about the most recent stage of this planning effort.
Cultural Landscapes Inventories
In order to better understand the cultural resources that enliven, enrich, and inform our understanding and appreciation of the past, the park has conducted Cultural Landscapes Inventories of four areas in the corridor. Inventories for the Murie Ranch, the White Grass Ranch, the Sky Ranch, and the Moose-Wilson Road Corridor examine the history, significance, and integrity of these cultural landscapes. Park managers are considering these inventories as they plan for the future of the corridor.
Visitor Use Data
An independent study team lead by Dr. Christopher Monz of Utah State University has been conducting interdisciplinary research on the visitor use levels, the types of visitors, and visitor impacts associated with use in the Moose-Wilson corridor. The team conducted its research during three study periods: summer 2013, winter 2014, and summer 2014. The peer-reviewed technical reports below present initial data summaries from the first two data collection periods. The third report is on its way. The study team will provide a summary and analysis of all three reports in the fall of 2015.
Summer 2013 Report
Summer 2013 Report Appendices
Winter 2014 Report
Preliminary Alternatives Comments
The NPS received 2,605 individual correspondences from across the country during the preliminary alternatives public comment period from August 15, 2014 through September 15, 2014. Park planning staff have reviewed these comments and developed a preliminary alternatives public comment report. This report is being used to inform the planning team's refinement of alternatives and the development of a preffered alternative.
The NPS received 1,007 pieces of correspondence from across the country during the public scoping comment period from December 6, 2013 through February 6, 2014. Comments were analyzed and summarized in a public scoping report.
Road Safety Audit
Western Federal Lands Highway Division of the Department of Transportation conducted an independent Road Safety Audit of the Moose-Wilson corridor in September of 2013. Their Road Safety Audit report is now complete. The recommendations in the report will be considered and analyzed as part of the Moose-Wilson Corridor Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement. Visitor safety is a top priority in Grand Teton and we will consider addressing any immediate hazards identified by the RSA that do not have long-term impacts on the nature or character of the corridor. For example, the report recommends extending the closure following grading and dust abatement treatments on the dirt portion of the road. We plan to implement this recommendation in summer of 2014. We appreciate that the report identified the positive safety aspects of the current road corridor including surface conditions, road characteristics, and warning and guidance signs that keep speeds slow and reduce the number and severity of incidents.
What is the Moose-Wilson Corridor
The Moose-Wilson corridor comprises about 10,300 acres in the southwest corner of the park. This exceptional area has a remarkable variety of natural communities, cultural and wilderness resources, and opportunities for visitor enjoyment. Moose-Wilson Road extends 7.7 miles through the area and is the primary access to several park destinations, including Death Canyon and Granite Canyon trailheads, Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve, White Grass Ranch and Murie Ranch historic districts, and Sawmill Ponds overlook. The corridor also provides unmatched wildlife viewing opportunities for a range of iconic large mammal species.
Experience the Moose-Wilson corridor any time or any where by visiting our electronic field trip through the corridor. You will learn about some of the highlights through the corridor, things to see and do along the corridor and some of the issues facing this beautiful area in the park. You will need to have a plug-in installed on your computer - Adobe Flash Player. To enjoy your virtual experience of the Moose-Wilson corridor click here.
A soundscape is quite simply all of the sounds in a given habitat, whether generated by living or non-living things. The make-up of any given soundscape is a key indicator of ecosystem health and the impacts humans are having on that ecosystem. Park staff have installed sound monitors throughout the Moose-Wilson corridor in order to research the corridor's soundscape. You can read the results of this research in this Moose-Wilson Corridor Soundscape Report. For a sample of the recordings captured at one of these monitoring stations, listen to the Soundscape Portrait of the Moose-Wilson Corridor below. To decipher any sounds you couldn't identify, use this guide to the soundscape portrait.