• The Cathedral Group from the Teton Park Road

    Grand Teton

    National Park Wyoming

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  • 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 effect for trails in the Jenny Lake Area

    A temporary area closure will be in effect for several trails in the Jenny Lake area due to construction activities involving helicopter-assisted transport of heavy material. The closure will last from October 27 through October 30, and possibly longer. More »

  • Multi-use Pathway Closures

    Intermittent closures of the park Multi-use Pathway System will occur through mid-October during asphalt sealing and safety improvement work. Pathway sections will reopen as work is completed. Follow the link for a map and more information. More »

  • Moose-Wilson Road Status

    The Moose-Wilson Road between the Death Canyon Road and the Murie Center Road is currently open to all traffic. The road may re-close at any time due to wildlife activity. For current road conditions call 307-739-3682. More »

Fire Planning and Policies

The National Park Service (NPS) mission is to protect and preserve the lands it manages for the enjoyment of future generations. Guided by this mandate, the fire management program focuses on restoring and maintaining natural processes associated with fire, while protecting human life and property. To help in achieving these long-term goals, the NPS has a comprehensive fire management program including hazardous fuels reduction, prescribed fire, wildland fire for resource benefit, and wildland fire suppression. The following policies guide the NPS in their fire management activities.

Grand Teton National Park Fire Management Plan
Grand Teton National Park is updating their Fire Management Plan and preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate potential impacts to the natural and cultural environment from proposed fire management activities in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway in Wyoming. The plan will provide direction and establish specific procedures for all fire program activities to manage fire on an ecosystem level. The fire management program, carefully guided by resource management goals, will protect and perpetuate natural and cultural resources and their associated natural processes. The NPS held an open house on April 24, 2003 at the Jackson Hole Middle School to give the public an opportunity to learn more about the park's fire management program and proposed revisions to the Fire Management Plan. A second Open House was held on October 14, 2004 to provide information and answer questions about the EA conducted on three fire management plan alternatives. For more information, reference: Fire Management Plan EA, 3.46 mb, Adobe PDF

NPS Director's Order 18 - Wildland Fire Management (DO-18) 1998
Director's Order 18 incorporated the 1995 Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy and Review by 1) institutionalizing within the NPS new policies, organization and operational relationships, and changes in law, and reporting requirements reflected in the report; and 2) establishing a framework by which the NPS will implement the report's principles, policies and recommendations.

NPS Reference Manual 18 - Wildland Fire Management 1999
The major guiding document for fire management in the NPS, RM-18 is a technical discussion of wildland fire management requirements and procedures that provides detailed definitions and expanded guidance of all information presented in DO-18. Among other subjects, contents of RM-18 include guidance for safety, planning, qualifications, wildland fire and prescribed fire management, monitoring, and incident evaluation and review.

National Fire Plan
A cooperative, long-term effort of the USDA Forest Service, Department of Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters to manage the impact of wildland fire.

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Did You Know?

Banded gneiss

Did you know that the granite and gneiss composing the core of the Teton Range are some of the oldest rocks in North America, but the mountains are among the youngest in the world?