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Prospectus Issued to Provide Guided Backpacking for Youths

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Date: August 14, 2014
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393

The National Park Service (NPS) will issue a prospectus soliciting proposals for the award of twoconcession contracts within Grand Teton National Park to provide guided overnight backpacking services for youths under the age of 21, including associated transportation, food service, and guided day hikes. This prospectus explains the business opportunity and the terms and conditions under which the NPS will award the two concession contracts. Pursuant to 36 CFR, Part 51, the NPS Director has determined that the existing concessioners are preferred offerors for the new contracts.

Guided overnight backpacking trips for youths are currently being provided by Wilderness Ventures and Teton Valley Ranch Camp Education Foundation.These concession contracts were effective beginning January 1, 2005, and will expire on December 31, 2014.

The prospectus will be available at http://www.concessions.nps.gov/prospectuses.htm.

Hard copies will be available upon request for a printing cost recovery charge. The fee is $35.00 per copy if delivered via Federal Express, or $30.00 per copy if picked up in person. Persons interested in obtaining a prospectus should mail, or bring in person, a check or money order made payable to the NPS. Cash will not be accepted. To receive a Federal Express package, a physical address (no post office box) must be provided, as well as a telephone number.

For personal pick up of a prospectus, contact Jennifer Parker, Chief of Concessions, Intermountain Region, National Park Service, 12795 West Alameda Parkway, Lakewood, Colorado 80228 or telephone 303.969.2661 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

If a prospectus is obtained from the website, please advise Jennifer Parker by phone at 303.969.2661 or e-mail at Jennifer_Parker@nps.gov to provide contact information in order to receive future responses to questions or amendments to the prospectus. Those requesting hard copy or who have been placed on the mailing list, will be automatically provided in writing any additional information specific to the prospectus. Information relative to the solicitation will also be posted to the above mentioned website.

Contract offers must be receivedby the chief of concessions at the NPS Intermountain Region Office no later than 4 p.m. on October 17, 2014.

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