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 here for our e-mail list to stay in touch, and read the preliminary alternatives newsletter to learn more about this planning effort.
The National Park Service has reached an important milestone in creating a shared vision for managing the Moose-Wilson corridor. From August 15, 2014 through September 15, 2014 we are soliciting public review and comment on four preliminary alternatives. These alternatives represent different management strategies for the corridor. It is important to note that we have not identified a preferred alternative or analyzed the impacts of the preliminary alternatives at this stage of the planning process. For more information or to comment on the project please click here.
Summer 2013 Visitor Use Data
This technical report presents an initial data summary of an interdisciplinary study designed to understand visitor use levels, the types of visitors, and visitor impacts associated with use in the Moose-Wilson corridor. The overall study includes multiple data collection seasons, the first of which took place between July 1 and October 31, 2013. This report includes a summary of descriptive findings from this Summer/Fall 2013 data collection season. The appendices to this report can be found in a second document here.
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. Of these, 487 were submitted through the NPS planning website and 314 were provided on flip charts, maps or comment cards at our public open house in January. The remaining 520 were form letters provided by an advocacy group, 79 of which contained personalized responses from the public. Comments were analyzed and summarized in a public scoping report. You can read it here.
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. Click here to read the report.
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.