Bears are active in Grand Teton
Black and grizzly bears are roaming throughout the park--near roads, trails and in backcountry areas. Hikers and backcountry users are advised to travel in groups of three or more, make noise and carry bear spray. Visitors must stay 100 yards from bears. More »
Area closure in the area around Baxter's Pinnacle
An area closure is in effect around Baxter's Pinnacle to protect nesting peregrine falcons. This closure precludes any climbs of Baxter's Pinnacle and usage of the walk-off gully. This closure will be in effect through 8-15-2013. More »
Area Closure in effect in the Elk Ranch area
A temporary area closure is in effect in the Elk Ranch Area to protect wildlife during the denning and young-rearing period. Follow the link for a map of the closed area. More »
Interagency Fire Management
The Jackson Hole Area of northwestern Wyoming includes Grand Teton National Park, the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the National Elk Refuge, Teton County and the town of Jackson. In this western community, fire management has become a true interagency, multi-jurisdictional partnership protecting nearly five million acres. Since many public and private buildings are surrounded by or adjacent to large tracts of public lands, fire managers disregard established boundaries to jointly manage wildland fires.
Coordinated Initial Attack
Fire Management Administration
National Fire Plan
Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest, with local town and county fire departments and state resource agencies, have created a model program that demonstrates the benefits of extensive partnering. Although the National Fire Plan initiated interagency efforts, years of hard work and determination by Teton area fire personnel set the stage.
Teton Area Wildfire Protection Coalition
The organization's membership is comprised of local land management agencies, land trust and conservation organizations, and contractors directly involved in wildland fire protection projects as well as citizens who represent the interests of the community. Meetings are open to the public.
The coalition's work goes hand in hand with the guidelines established for the National Fire Plan, enacted in 2001, which provides funding to better plan and prepare for wildland fire, particularly for mitigating risk in wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas. The National Fire Plan laid the foundation for a long-term program of work to reduce hazardous fuels, restore health to fire-adapted ecosystems, and promote community assistance. Collaboration at the local, regional, and national levels are key to the National Fire Plan's implementation strategy.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Grand Teton National Park was established in both 1929 and 1950? The original 1929 park protected the mountain peaks and the lakes near the base. The boundaries were later expanded in 1950 to include much of the adjacent valley floor.