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 »
Teton Interagency Fire Managers Plan Spring 2012 Prescribed Fires
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3431
Teton Interagency Fire personnel plan to conduct several prescribed fire projects during April and May. Planning for a prescribed burn can take several years, and fire managers work with resource management personnel to develop and write a "prescription" that includes not only the desired treatment but also parameters for wind speed and direction, relative humidity, and fuel moisture in live and dead burnable vegetation. These plans also outline the types and numbers of resources (staff and equipment) needed to safely conduct each burn and support contingency plans. Fire managers are coordinating with wildlife biologists from the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park and Wyoming Game and Fish to ensure precautions are in place to protect wintering wildlife and nesting birds.
If weather conditions are conducive, fire managers from the Buffalo and Jackson Ranger Districts of the Bridger-Teton National Forest (BTNF) and Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) will initiate the following projects:
Smoke will be visible the day of the burn, and may persist for several days, especially in mountain valleys during early the mornings and evenings. Helicopters may be used for ignitions or for aerial monitoring. Please use caution in the vicinity of the fires and be aware that minimal traffic restrictions may be implemented to allow for public and firefighter safety and fire equipment access. For more information on the Bridger-Teton National Forest projects, please call Jason Lawhon, North Zone assistant fuels manager at 307-739-5431 or visit www.tetonfire.com.
Did You Know?
Did you know that until the 1890s no one had settled on the west bank of the Snake River in the central part of Jackson Hole? William “Bill” Menor built a ferry at Moose to shuttle patrons across the river, the only reliable crossing point between Wilson and Moran.