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December 22, 2014
Sue Consolo-Murphy Earns Prominent Award for Work as Natural Resource Manager
National Park Service (NPS) Director Jon Jarvis announced that Sue Consolo-Murphy, chief of Science and Resource Management at Grand Teton National Park, was selected as recipient of the 2013 Director’s Award for Natural Resource Management. This recognition acknowledges excellence in the areas of conservation leadership and resource management and salutes individual accomplishments in natural resource preservation by Park Service employees across the National Park System.

December 15, 2014
Concession Contracts Awarded for Guided Backpacking Services
National Park Service (NPS) Intermountain Regional Director Sue Masica announced Friday, December 12, that two separate offerors were selected to receive concession contracts to provide guided backpacking services for youth within Grand Teton National Park. The two contracts were awarded to Wilderness Ventures, Inc. and The TVRC Education Foundation, doing business as Teton Valley Ranch Camp. Each contract will cover a term of ten years.

December 08, 2014
Winter Season Activities & Operations Get Underway
The winter season officially begins Monday, December 15 in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway (JDR Parkway). New this winter in the JDR Parkway is the availability of overnight lodging, dining, and saloon. These services will be provided by Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch from December 18 through March 2, 2015. In addition, the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center will be closed through March 1, 2015. In the absence of a winter visitor center, park staff will be available to answer questions and provide park information by phone at 307.739.3399, Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

November 05, 2014
Grand Teton National Park Considers Changes to Entrance Fees
Grand Teton National Park is proposing to update its entrance fees and invites public input on this prospect. The proposed changes are part of a larger National Park Service initiative to update entry fees that have been in place since 2006 in national parks across the country. As a first step toward potential fee changes, Yellowstone and Grand Teton will conduct a public open house on Wednesday, November 12, at the Lexington Inn on North Cache in Jackson, Wyoming from 6:30–8:00 p.m. Public comments will help determine how, or if, fee changes would be implemented at Grand Teton. The comment period will be open for 30 days from November 5 through midnight December 5, 2014.

October 28, 2014
Seasonal Road and Facility Closures Reminder
Jackson residents and park visitors are reminded that two roads within Grand Teton National Park will close to vehicle traffic for the season on the evening of Friday, October 31, 2014. These seasonal closures include the length of the Teton Park Road between Taggart Lake parking area and Signal Mountain Lodge parking lot, as well as the Moose-Wilson Road between Granite Canyon and Death Canyon trailheads.

October 21, 2014
Temporary Public Closures Scheduled for Jenny Lake Area
Starting Monday, October 27, a temporary area closure will be in effect for several trails within the Jenny Lake area of Grand Teton National Park. The temporary public closures are necessary to ensure public safety during construction activities involving helicopter-assisted transport of heavy material to trail locations on the west side of Jenny Lake. The public closure will last from October 27 through October 30, and possibly longer.

October 17, 2014
‘Vital Signs’ 2013 Report on Natural & Cultural Resources Posted Online
A comprehensive report on the status of the natural and cultural resources of Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway is now available for reference online. This report, titled Vital Signs 2013, is posted at http://www.nps.gov/grte/naturescience/vital-signs.htm.

October 14, 2014
Elk Reduction Program Begins October 18
The 2014 elk reduction program begins Saturday, October 18, in Grand Teton National Park. Changes that were implemented in 2013 will be continued for the 2014 season. Those include: a requirement that hunters participating in the park’s elk reduction program use non-lead ammunition; a limit to the number of cartridges hunters may carry each day; and the closure of a portion of the Snake River bottom to reduce the chance of grizzly bear-hunter encounters.

October 06, 2014
Rangers Conduct Late-Season Rescue on Grand Teton
A Utah climber required a helicopter rescue after falling on the Lower Exum Ridge of the Grand Teton on Sunday, October 5, at Grand Teton National Park. Rangers were able to conduct the late season rescue despite low staffing levels and challenging weather conditions. Climbers in the Teton highcountry this time of year should expect winter conditions and plan for slower rescue response times.

September 24, 2014
Actions Taken to Protect People & Moose in Gros Ventre Campground
Grand Teton National Park rangers will implement several actions to protect both people and moose in the Gros Ventre campground. The area will be posted with signs urging people to keep their distance from moose, camping will be consolidated within a few campground loops, and rangers will step up patrols to protect campers, wildlife viewers and several moose that are currently using campground areas during their fall rut (mating time). These actions became necessary after numerous human-wildlife interactions resulted in property damage, people getting charged by a bull moose, and the untimely death of a female moose this morning when she nearly severed her hind leg on a fire grate while fleeing both people and a bull that was pursuing her.

September 22, 2014
National Public Lands Day Means Free Entry into National Parks
Grand Teton National Park will waive entrance fees (including commercial tour fees) on Saturday, September 27 in recognition of National Public Lands Day, 2014. All national park sites typically offer free entry on this day in an effort to encourage individuals, families, and communities to explore and appreciate America’s great outdoors. The fee for a 7-day pass into Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks by a single, private vehicle is normally $25.

September 19, 2014
Temporary Closure of Moose-Wilson Road Lifted due to Change in Grizzly Bear Activity
The public closure of the Moose-Wilson Road within Grand Teton National Park was lifted as of 5 p.m. Friday, September 19, because the male grizzly bear that was frequenting this area over the past week appears to have moved to a new location away from the roadway and into the general vicinity of the Snake River floodplain, just east of the Moose-Wilson Road. Vehicles and bicycles may again use the roadway between Death Canyon Road junction and the Teton Park Road junction near the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose.

September 17, 2014
Pilgrim Creek Wells & Jackson Lake Lodge Waterline Replacement Project Open for Public Comment
The National Park Service is conducting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance for proposed improvements to potable and fire suppression water infrastructure located between the Colter Bay Village and Jackson Lake Lodge areas of Grand Teton National Park. The proposal is available for public review and comment for 30 days, from September 17 through October 16, 2014.

September 10, 2014
Closure of Moose-Wilson Road Initiated due to Grizzly Bear Activity
A temporary closure of the Moose-Wilson Road went into effect today, September 10, at 11 a.m. due to grizzly bear activity both on and near the roadway. In the coming weeks, visitors and local residents may encounter intermittent closures of the Moose-Wilson Road as bears (black and grizzly) seek out the abundant berries on the chokecherry and hawthorn bushes that flank this park road.

September 10, 2014
Closures for Pathway Rehab Projects & Pathway Construction to Begin
Construction will soon begin on the next phase of Grand Teton National Park’s shared-use pathway system. The new pathway segment ( 1.25 miles from Moose Junction to Antelope Flats Road) is expected to be completed by late fall 2015 and open for public use in spring 2016. In addition, intermittent closures of the 14.5 miles of existing park pathways will occur through mid-October to allow for application of a sealant material and for safety improvement work. Pathways will reopen for public use as work is completed.

September 05, 2014
Unconscious Kayaker Rescued from Snake River
Just before noon on Thursday, September 4, Grand Teton National Park rangers and park paramedics responded to a boat accident with an unresponsive kayaker on the Snake River, about 3/4 of a mile downstream of the Pacific Creek landing. Gerald Skinner, 80, of Brentwood, Tennessee was kayaking with his son near the confluence of the Buffalo Fork River when he apparently overturned his boat and lost consciousness.

September 05, 2014
Temporary Closure of Moose-Wilson Road for Dust Treatment on September 9 & 10
A brief travel closure on the unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road will be in place for about 48 hours, beginning 4 a.m. Tuesday, September 9, to accommodate a dust abatement application. The road will reopen by 8 a.m. Thursday, September 11.

September 05, 2014
September Ranger Programs & Other Seasonal Announcements
To celebrate the special nature of autumn in the Tetons, a variety of ranger-led programs will be offered during the month of September, beginning on Tuesday, September 2, and continuing through Sunday, September 21. These programs provide opportunities to learn about park history, geology and wildlife while enjoying fall colors and other park features. Visitors and local residents should also note the closing dates for Grand Teton National Park visitor centers, listed below.

September 03, 2014
Teton Interagency Fire Managers Plan to Conduct Fall Season Prescribed Fires
Teton Interagency fire managers will conduct prescribed fires this fall, if weather conditions are favorable. For each prescribed fire, managers work with other resource specialists to plan and write a specific prescription that includes parameters for wind speed and direction, smoke dispersal, relative humidity, fuel moisture for live and dead burnable vegetation, and more. These plans also define the types and number of resources needed to safely conduct each burn and support contingency plans.

September 02, 2014
Closing Dates for Visitor Services at Grand Teton National Park & JDR Memorial Parkway
Visitor services at Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway will begin to wind down for the 2014 tourism season. Scheduled closure dates include the following:

August 29, 2014
Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act on September 3rd
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964, Grand Teton National Park will offer several fun and informative events on September 3rd. Visitors and local residents are welcome to join park staff in celebrating this milestone in the American conservation movement.

August 28, 2014
Shoshone Cultural Days Celebration
A tribute to Shoshonean history and culture will take place at the Colter Bay Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park on September 3rd and 4th. The Shoshonean peoples of the Eastern Great Basin and Western Plains hunted seasonally in what is now Grand Teton National Park and left behind a sizeable archeological record. Their modern-day descendants still live in the region and have maintained their languages and cultural practices. Cultural speakers and exhibits of traditional and modern Shoshonean arts will explain the present-day influence of Shoshone peoples. The following programs are free to the public.

August 26, 2014
Come Celebrate the Eve of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act
On the eve of the golden anniversary of the Wilderness Act, local residents and park visitors are invited to join Grand Teton National Park ranger naturalists at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center, Tuesday, September 2, to celebrate the conservation crusade that led to passage of this landmark legislation. The Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson 50 years ago on September 3, 1964.

August 22, 2014
Searchers Find Body of Missing Russian National & Summer Employee
Search teams from Grand Teton National Park and Teton County Search and Rescue found the body of Aleksandr “Sasha” Sagiev, 20, of Nizhny Novgorod Russia on Friday, August 22. Sagiev was located on Friday afternoon in Grand Teton National Park below a steep traverse, known locally as Cache Couloir, in Glacier Gulch. Sagiev was the subject of a three-day search effort conducted by Grand Teton National Park and Teton County.

August 22, 2014
National Park Service Turns 98 on Monday, August 25
On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill establishing the National Park Service (NPS) as an agency within the Department of the Interior. Traditionally known as Founder’s Day, August 25 offers a chance to reflect on the impact of that signing by President Wilson, fully 98 years ago. On this special anniversary, national parks across America will welcome visitors to learn more about and gain a better understanding of the legacy entrusted in the care of this federal agency – the National Park Service.

August 21, 2014
Park Rangers Conduct Manhunt, 3 Subjects Located & Citations Issued
National Park Service rangers and Teton County Sherriff’s Office personnel conducted a manhunt for three individuals Thursday morning, August 21, 2014. Jackson Lake Lodge security officers reported to park officials that three young men were actively breaking and entering into an employee dorm room at the Lodge around 9:00 a.m. Upon attempting to make contact with the three men, they fled on foot into a nearby forested area. Security officers also reported that one of the three men matched a description of Aleksandr Sagiev, the subject of an ongoing search in Grand Teton National Park.

August 20, 2014
Search Underway for Missing Person Aleksandr Sagiev
Teton County Sheriff’s Office and Grand Teton National Park initiated a unified command action to coordinate a County/Park search for a missing person today, August 20. Aleksandr Sagiev, age 21, of Russia was last seen at 1 pm on Sunday, August 17 in Moose, Wyoming using his cell phone near the bar at Dornan’s Pizza & Pasta Restaurant.

August 19, 2014
Closure Lifted After Peregrine Falcon Chicks Fledge from Baxter’s Pinnacle Nest
The public closure at Baxter’s Pinnacle and Descent Gully near the mouth of Cascade Canyon was lifted on Saturday, August 16. This area closure went into effect May 6 to protect an active peregrine falcon nest. Due in part to the protection provided by this wildlife closure, the adult falcons successfully reared and fledged four chicks. While peregrines can lay up to five eggs, this marks the most young ever fledged at a single nest site in Grand Teton National Park, according to park records.

August 18, 2014
Annual Astronomy Day to Illuminate Constellations & Galaxies
Grand Teton National Park will join the Jackson Hole Astronomy Club to host the annual Grand Teton Astronomy Day this Saturday, August 23. Family-oriented activities are planned to provide fun and educational opportunities for learning about constellations, star clusters, sunspots, galaxies, nebulae and much more.

August 15, 2014
Moose-Wilson Corridor Comprehensive Management Plan Preliminary Alternatives Open for Public Review for 30 Days
The National Park Service (NPS) has developed a suite of preliminary alternatives for managing the Moose-Wilson corridor within Grand Teton National Park. Preliminary alternatives for the Moose-Wilson Corridor Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (Moose-Wilson Corridor Plan/EIS) will be available for public review and comment from August 15 through September 15, 2014. To provide a chance to gain broader understanding of the preliminary alternatives, a public open house will take place Thursday, August 28, from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Teton County Library auditorium in Jackson, Wyoming.

August 14, 2014
Fee-Free Day to Celebrate 98th Anniversary of the National Park Service
In celebration of the 98th anniversary of the National Park Service, all 401 national park units—including Grand Teton National Park—will waive entrance fees on Monday, August 25, 2014. The fee for a private, non-commercial vehicle to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks normally costs $25 for seven days. Park officials encourage visitors and local residents to take advantage of this fee free opportunity to explore Grand Teton and enjoy late summer activities from hiking, biking and boating to wildlife watching and photography.

August 14, 2014
Prospectus Issued to Provide Guided Backpacking for Youths
The National Park Service (NPS) will issue a prospectus soliciting proposals for the award of two concession 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.

August 09, 2014
Critically Injured Climber Rescued from Grand Teton
An out-of-state climber sustained life-threatening injuries in an apparent fall while attempting to make a solo summit of the 13,770-foot Grand Teton on Friday morning, August 8. Grand Teton National Park rangers successfully rescued Steve Markusen, 60, of Minneapolis, Minnesota from the Grand Teton; however, dense clouds and inclement weather affected the rescue operations throughout much of the afternoon and hindered a more expedient short-haul rescue mission with support by a Teton Interagency contract helicopter.

August 08, 2014
Menor’s Ferry Launched for Seasonal Operation on the Snake River
This past week, Grand Teton National Park staff launched Menor’s ferry boat and park visitors may once again experience crossing the Snake River in the same fashion provided by Bill Menor through his ferry service of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The replica ferry serves as a central feature of the Menor/Noble historic district, located just north of the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center. Park ranger naturalists offer free ferry rides daily from 9 - 10 a.m., and most afternoons, from Menor’s general store on the west bank of the Snake River to Dornan’s on the east bank—and back. Call 307.739.3399 for times of operation.

August 04, 2014
Luci Baines Johnson Featured Speaker at Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Celebration
Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of Lady Bird and President Lyndon Baines Johnson, served as keynote speaker during a celebration event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, signed into law by her father in 1964. Nearly 350 people gathered Friday evening, August 1, at Jackson Lake Lodge—with a scenic backdrop of the Teton peaks rising above Jackson Lake—to enjoy live music, light refreshments, and the company of friends, neighbors and park visitors in commemoration of the landmark legislation that established America’s vast wilderness system. An inspiring, informative, and spirited program paid homage to the Wilderness Act of 1964 that protected 9.1 million acres of pristine, wild lands for future generations and established a conservation legacy that continues to enrich people’s lives in this 21st century.

August 01, 2014
Food Storage Violations May Force Euthanization of Black Bear(s)
Grand Teton National Park biologists and park managers implore ALL visitors to be more vigilant and responsible about food storage at all park locations, especially at the popular beach areas along String Lake and Jenny Lake, as well as Jackson Lake near the Signal Mountain and Colter Bay campgrounds. Many visitors—including a number of local residents—have neglected to safeguard coolers, day packs and/or tote bags from the reach of bears that are actively roaming these lakeshore areas.

July 23, 2014
Plein Air for the Park 2014 Exhibition Succeeds in Raising Beneficial Dollars
For the third consecutive year, Grand Teton National Park served as host site for a Plein Air for the Park fine art exhibition and sale. Jointly organized and co-hosted by the Grand Teton Association (GTA) and Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP), the 2014 exhibition enticed 41 professional artists to spend two weeks in Grand Teton painting in the open-air to capture the spectacular Teton scenery and wildlife. Art sales for this year’s event totaled $67,000. Nearly $27,000 (40% of the sales) will go to help fund GTA’s educational, interpretive, and research programs in support of the park.

July 22, 2014
Full-Scale Search for Overdue Hiker Leads to Discovery of an Apparent Fatal Fall
The body of an overdue hiker was discovered at approximately 2:30 p.m. today, July 22, near the mouth of Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park. Will Cornyn, 36, of San Francisco, California did not have a pulse when one of several search teams found him lying below a steep cliff band near Inspiration Point. He was pronounced dead on scene at 2:53 p.m. by park EMTs in consultation with the park’s medical director, Dr. A.J. Wheeler.

July 21, 2014
Injured Hiker Rescued from Garnet Canyon Before Nightfall
A backcountry hiker received a serious injury to her leg as she jumped from a rock while descending the Cache Couloir above the Platforms in Garnet Canyon about 4:30 Sunday afternoon, July 20. In response to a call for help, Grand Teton National Park rangers initiated a short-haul rescue operation to extricate Joanna Wang, 23, of Boyds, Maryland from the 9,600-foot remote location with assistance from a Teton Interagency contract helicopter.

July 18, 2014
Temporary Closure of Moose-Wilson Road for Dust Treatment on July 22 & 23
A brief travel closure on the unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road will be in place for about 48 hours, beginning 4 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, to accommodate a dust abatement application. The road will reopen by 8 a.m. Thursday, July 24.

July 18, 2014
Tourism to Grand Teton & JDR Parkway Creates over $502M in Economic Benefit to Local Communities
A new National Park Service (NPS) report determined that during 2013, over 3.9 million visitors to Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway spent over $502 million in gateway communities across northwestern Wyoming. In turn, that spending supported 6,996 jobs in the communities of Jackson, Teton Village, and Dubois, Wyoming, and the nearby towns of Driggs and Victor, Idaho. This report comes on the heels of a 2012 report released in March of this year with similar findings; however the amount generated increased by $10M between 2012 and 2013.

July 17, 2014
Driver Dies in Single Vehicle Rollover
A recent resident of Jackson, Wyoming died in a single vehicle rollover Wednesday, July 16, in Grand Teton National Park. Bernardo Bravo, 45, formerly of the Phoenix, Arizona area, apparently drove off the Teton Park Road and rolled his 2002 Buick sedan down a steep embankment just a mile north of the park’s Moose Entrance Station sometime in the early morning hours.

July 15, 2014
Rangers Respond to a Climbing Fatality on the Grand Teton & Injured Hiker in Upper Paintbrush Canyon
A climbing accident on the 13,770-foot Grand Teton resulted in the death of one member of a guided climbing party on Monday morning, July 14 , in Grand Teton National Park. Mary Bilyeu, 43, of Edmond, Oklahoma was ascending to the Upper Saddle of the Grand Teton (elevation 13,160 feet) with her climbing partner and a guide from Jackson Hole Mountain Guides when she fell while negotiating a short section above the Exum Gully about 8:30 a.m.

July 14, 2014
Rafting Accident on Snake River Results in Fatality
A rafting accident on the Snake River resulted in the death of one member of a private boating party Sunday evening, July 13, in Grand Teton National Park. Donna Viehman, 63, of Jackson, Wyoming was riding in a rubber raft just north of the Moose Landing with five other people, including her husband, when the raft hit a mid-stream obstruction, overturned and spilled all six persons aboard into the river at approximately 6:20 p.m. Viehman could not be revived after being pulled from the river by bystanders and given CPR. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

July 14, 2014
Signal Mountain Summit Road Reopens with Completion of Hazard Fuels Project
On Wednesday, July 16, a Teton Interagency fire effects crew will conclude the major portion of a fuels reduction project on the Signal Mountain Summit Road in Grand Teton National Park. Beginning 4 p.m. Wednesday, this auxiliary park road will reopen for unrestricted public access, seven days a week.

July 14, 2014
Third Annual ‘Plein Air for the Park’ Concludes This Week
During the past week, professional artists from Jackson Hole and across the United States have been painting afield at locations throughout Grand Teton National Park as they sought to capture on their canvas the spectacular Teton landscape, wildlife, and wildflowers. Several free, public events will take place this final week as the ‘Plein Air for the Park’ fine art exhibition concludes its third year.

July 11, 2014
Tour Bus Accident Results in Multiple Injuries & 5-hour Closure of Hwy 89
A commercial tour bus carrying 26 passengers and a driver crashed approximately four miles north of Colter Bay Village in Grand Teton National Park on Thursday, July 10, at approximately 4:10 p.m. Twenty-four people were transported by three Grand Teton ambulances, a Jackson Hole Fire/EMS ambulance and a Grand Teton Lodge Company passenger van to receive medical care at St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming. Two seriously injured passengers were flown to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) in Idaho Falls via two EIRMC life-flight helicopters that were able to land near the accident site.

July 06, 2014
Lightning Ignites Eagles Rest Fire in Grand Teton National Park
On the morning of July 4th, four Teton Interagency firefighters boated across Jackson Lake and hiked upslope to reach a location where lightning struck Thursday evening, July 3, and started a small fire. The Eagles Rest Fire is currently .25 acre in size and situated at 7,300 feet in elevation on the lower slope of Eagles Rest Peak, just off the westshore of Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

June 30, 2014
Late Day Rescues Conducted for One Climber & One Hiker
Two different backcountry users—one a climber with serious injuries and the other a hiker suffering physical exhaustion—required separate late day rescue missions involving multiple rangers and helicopters on Sunday, June 29, at Grand Teton National Park. At the time the two mountain rescues got underway, rangers were also summoned by Teton County Search and Rescue to assist with a search for missing boaters from an accident on the Gros Ventre River, just east of the park’s boundary.

June 27, 2014
Professional Artists to Capture Teton Scenery & Wildlife at Annual ‘Plein Air for the Park’
Grand Teton National Park will serve as both the inspiration and location for the third annual ‘Plein Air for the Park’ fine art exhibition co-hosted by Grand Teton Association (GTA) and the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. Over 40 professional artists from across the United States will spend two weeks (July 7-20) painting in the park, as they capture on canvas the spectacular Teton landscape, wildlife and wildflowers. All sessions/events are free and open to the public.

June 23, 2014
Stewart Draw Fire Sparked by June 22 Lightning Storm
On Sunday afternoon, June 22, Teton Interagency firefighters responded to a report of a smoke column from the vicinity of Stewart’s Draw north of Death Canyon trailhead in Grand Teton National Park. During a fast-moving thunderstorm, lightning struck a single Douglas-fir tree and ignited the Stewart Draw Fire, which is currently .25 acre in size and burning in a dead tree hanging in the forest canopy and in the accumulation of forest litter at the base of the snag.

June 20, 2014
Seventh Annual John Colter Day Observed
The seventh annual John Colter Day will be held on Monday, June 23 at Colter Bay Visitor Center. Colter explored the greater Yellowstone area during the winter of 1807-08, and was likely the first European to travel the region. To highlight this historical figure, Grand Teton National Park will offer programs on Monday, June 23, including demonstrations of the lives of mountain men of the 1800’s and a presentation on John Colter’s contributions to the exploration of the American West.

June 18, 2014
Schwabacher Landing Road Opens to Public Access
The Schwabacher Landing Road and parking area will open to public access on Thursday, June 19. A paving project on the upper portion of Schwabacher Road just west of Highway 26/89/191 (Hwy 89) has been completed, allowing for this popular park location to open for the summer season.

June 13, 2014
Hazard Fuels Project to Temporarily Close Signal Mountain Summit Road
The Signal Mountain Summit Road in Grand Teton National Park will be temporarily closed to public access while Teton Interagency fire management staff conduct fuels reduction work along the upper 1.5 miles of this auxiliary park road. Between June 17 and July 17, park visitors should expect road closures on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews may also close the road for short periods of time during the remainder of the week to facilitate the movement of equipment and provide for public safety on the narrow, winding road.

June 12, 2014
Fire Danger Increases to Moderate with Shortage of Early Summer Moisture
A scarcity of early summer moisture combined with the recent Antelope Fire near the base of Shadow Mountain, the first significant wildfire of the 2014 season, has prompted Teton Interagency fire managers to increase the fire danger rating to moderate for the greater Jackson Hole area. A moderate rating means that fires start easily and spread at a moderate speed and intensity from most causes (accidental or natural). On windy days, fires will burn briskly and spread rapidly in open-cured grassland and dead understory fuels in aspen groves and pine forests.

June 11, 2014
Boyd Evison Graduate Fellowship Awarded to PhD Student Kellen Nelson
Grand Teton National Park and the Grand Teton Association (GTA) announced today that Kellen Nelson was selected for the 2014 Boyd Evison Graduate Fellowship. Nelson, the tenth recipient of an Evison Fellowship, is pursuing a Ph.D. in ecology and botany at the University of Wyoming (UW) in Laramie. The Evison Graduate Fellowship began in 2005 to support advanced studies throughout the Greater Yellowstone Area.

June 05, 2014
Grand Teton Receives Active Trails Grant from National Park Foundation
Grand Teton National Park is one of 37 national parks selected to receive a 2014 Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. Now in its sixth year, the Foundation’s Active Trails program supports healthy living by getting people out and active in their national parks through projects that help restore, protect, and/or create land and water trails across America. Since 2008, the National Park Foundation has granted nearly $2.4 million through its Active Trails program.

June 03, 2014
Annual Cattle Drive to Elk Ranch Pastures
Motorists may experience a minor travel delay along Highway 26/89/191 (Hwy 89) from Moran Junction to the Elk Ranch flats (one mile south of the junction) on Saturday morning, June 7, between the hours of 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. The temporary delay will allow for the safe movement of cattle from the Pinto Ranch of Buffalo Valley to the Elk Ranch pastures, that lie south of Moran Junction and the Buffalo Fork River.

May 30, 2014
Public Entry into Geothermal Features Prohibited by NPS Regulation
In accordance with the National Park Service (NPS) Management Policies of 2006, public entry into geothermal features is prohibited within the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Application of this NPS policy is consistent with regulations currently enforced in adjacent Yellowstone National Park.

May 22, 2014
Grizzly Bear Research Trapping to Begin in Grand Teton
Biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) plan to conduct scientific research and trapping operations within Grand Teton National Park as part of ongoing efforts required under the Endangered Species Act to collect data and monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). These operations will begin Tuesday, May 27 and continue through October 15, 2014. Monitoring of grizzly bear distribution, as well as their food selection and other activities, is vital to recovery of grizzlies across the GYE.

May 16, 2014
Public Closures Scheduled for Schwabacher Landing Area
From Monday, May 19, through June 30, a temporary public closure will be in effect for Schwabacher Landing Road, parking lot, and surrounding area that provides direct access to the eastbank of the Snake River from Highway 26/89/191 (Hwy 89). The area closure is necessary to ensure public safety during construction activities that involve large trucks and heavy machinery. This construction project will repair and pave the upper (.3 mile) portion of Schwabacher Landing Road.

May 14, 2014
Boating Season Begins in Grand Teton & JDR Memorial Parkway
As the boating season gets underway for waters within Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, boaters are reminded that both a park permit and a State of Wyoming aquatic invasive species (AIS) permit are required. Permits may be purchased at park visitor centers located in Moose, Jenny Lake, or Colter Bay.

May 14, 2014
Temp Closures Lifted in South Jenny Lake Area
Temporary closures throughout the south Jenny Lake area are lifted effective today, May 14, 2014. The brief closures were implemented for public safety while a helicopter transported heavy material to trail locations on the west side of Jenny Lake. Staging of this material for a major trail construction project was completed in just two days, allowing for the area to reopen for public access.

May 13, 2014
South Jenny Lake Area Closures Lifted
Temporary closures throughout the south Jenny Lake area are lifted effective today, May 14, 2014. The brief closures were implemented for public safety while a helicopter transported heavy material to trail locations on the west side of Jenny Lake. Staging of this material for a major trail construction project was completed in just two days, allowing for the area to reopen for public access.

May 13, 2014
Moose-Wilson Road Open to Vehicle Access for 2014 Travel Season
The annual spring opening of the Moose-Wilson Road for vehicle access has arrived, and this quaint country road within Grand Teton National Park is now open for the 2014 travel season. A brief travel closure on the unpaved section of this road will be in place for about 48 hours, beginning 4 a.m. on Tuesday, May 20 to accommodate a dust abatement application. The road will reopen by 8 a.m. Thursday, May 22.

May 12, 2014
American Indian Guest Artists 2014 Program
For the past 39 years, artisans from diverse American Indian tribes have demonstrated their traditional and contemporary art forms in Grand Teton National Park. This annual program provides visitors a chance to gain greater appreciation and understanding of Indian cultures that are still alive and active today.

May 09, 2014
Baxter’s Pinnacle and Descent Gully Closed for Nesting Peregrine Falcons
Baxter’s Pinnacle and its southwest descent gully are currently closed to public entry due to an active peregrine falcon nest. A pair of falcons first established a new nest near Baxter’s Pinnacle in 2011, making this the fourth year that a temporary closure has been levied to protect both climbers and nesting peregrines at this site. Baxter’s Pinnacle is a popular climbing route in Cascade Canyon at Grand Teton National Park. A nearby climb called No Perches Necessary remains open.

May 08, 2014
Temporary Public Closures Scheduled for South Jenny Lake Area
Starting Monday, May 12, a temporary area closure will be in effect for several south Jenny Lake locations within Grand Teton National Park. The temporary public closures are necessary to ensure public safety during construction activities involving helicopter-assisted transport of heavy material to trail locations on the west side of Jenny Lake. These public closures will last from May 12 through May 19, and possibly longer.

May 06, 2014
Snowboarder Dies from Traumatic Injuries on Teewinot Mountain
A backcountry snowboarder died in Grand Teton National Park on Monday, May 5th, likely from the traumatic injuries he sustained during a 1,500 foot fall on Teewinot Mountain that morning. Joseph Lohr, 24, from Anchorage, Alaska, and two companions had summited the 12,325-foot mountain around 10 a.m. and were descending the snow-covered peak on snowboards and skis when the accident occurred.

May 05, 2014
Get Acquainted with Avian Companions on International Migratory Bird Day, May 10
Observance of the 2014 International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) gets underway at Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway with a bird-watching caravan Saturday, May 10. To celebrate IMBD and also conduct the annual North American bird count, Park Ranger Andrew Langford will visit several areas throughout the park that provide the best opportunities to locate, identify and record birds.

April 30, 2014
NPS Approves & Signs FONSI for Jenny Lake Renewal Plan
The Intermountain Region of the National Park Service (NPS) approved and signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Jenny Lake Renewal Plan/Environmental Assessment (Jenny Lake Plan/EA). The purpose of the Jenny Lake renewal initiative is to design and implement a master plan that provides for a safe, environmentally sensitive and enhanced visitor experience in the Jenny Lake area of Grand Teton National Park.

April 28, 2014
Road Construction Projects Scheduled for 2014 Travel Season
During the 2014 travel season, several road repair and rehabilitation projects will be underway that will result in varying traffic delays within Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Motorists should expect these projects to begin in early May and last through October or November in some cases.

April 21, 2014
Opening Dates for Grand Teton & the Rockefeller Parkway
Opening dates for seasonally operated facilities and roads in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway have been determined.

April 14, 2014
Go Wild for National Parks & Join a Junior Ranger Program during National Park Week
National Park Week begins Saturday, April 19, making this a wonderful time for an early season getaway to experience the wonders of Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Visitors will get free park admission on April 19 and 20, and can participate in special National Junior Ranger Day programs on Saturday, April 26. Join us for fun and free activities for the whole family, starting this weekend.

April 10, 2014
Spring Migration Gets Underway: Give Wildlife a Brake!
With the arrival of spring-like weather and recent snow melt across the sagebrush flats north of Jackson, animals are now migrating from their winter ranges toward their summering sites within Grand Teton National Park. Because spring migration is now fully underway, motorists must drive with extra caution during the coming weeks and be alert for wildlife near and along park roadways, such as Highway 26/89/191(Hwy 89).

April 08, 2014
Teton Park Road Now Open for Non-Motorized Spring Season Activities
Grand Teton National Park road crews cut through the deep snowpack on the Teton Park Road between the Taggart Lake parking area and Signal Mountain Lodge—a distance of 15 miles— and completed this portion of the annual spring plowing on Friday, April 4. The Teton Park Road has now melted down to pavement and is currently open to non-motorized recreation such as walking, roller-blading, and biking. However, road crews are still in the process of clearing the Jenny Lake scenic loop road, as well as other auxiliary roads and wayside areas.

April 07, 2014
Bears Out of Hibernation in Grand Teton National Park & the Rockefeller Parkway
Bears are out of hibernation and active again in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Park staff received reports of a group of bears seen recently near the Blacktail Butte which lies just east of the park’s Moose headquarters campus. Long-term data indicates that 50% of adult male bears are out of their winter dens by mid-March each year, and females with yearlings often emerge shortly after. Both local residents and park visitors should be alert for the presence of bears throughout all areas of the park and parkway.

March 17, 2014
Snow Removal on the Teton Park Road to Begin March 24
Grand Teton National Park road crews will begin their annual spring plowing of the Teton Park Road from Taggart Lake parking area to Signal Mountain Lodge on Monday, March 24, 2014. As plowing operations get underway, recreation on this winter trail will cease for the season. Visitors may continue to use other winter trails, and/or areas adjacent to the Teton Park Road, for skate-skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing until conditions are no longer favorable. Snow removal will also begin on the Moose-Wilson Road, once work is concluded on the Teton Park Road.

March 10, 2014
Backcountry Skier Caught & Injured in an Avalanche Gets Aerial Rescue
A skier was caught in an avalanche and seriously injured about 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 9 in Grand Teton National Park’s backcountry. Greg Epstein, 43, from Wilson, Wyoming was preparing to descend one of the Air Force chutes within Granite Canyon with two companions at the time of the avalanche. Epstein was reportedly carried over 1000 feet by the slide. No other members of the party were injured.

March 06, 2014
Fourth NPS Academy Welcomes Diverse College Students for Spring Break Orientation
Four years ago, Grand Teton National Park and key collaborators—The Student Conservation Association (SCA) and Teton Science Schools (TSS) — developed and launched the first-ever NPS Academy as a pilot program for college students from across America with diverse backgrounds. Critical funding for this program comes from the Grand Teton National Park Foundation and Grand Teton Association, two dedicated and long-standing park partners. The pilot program was so successful, that other National Park Service (NPS) units replicated it. Today, four out of six national park regions now host an NPS Academy program.

March 06, 2014
NPS Intermountain Regional Director Approves Snake River Headwaters Comprehensive Management Plan
National Park Service Intermountain Regional Director Sue Masica has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Snake River Headwaters Comprehensive River Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (CRMP/EA). Over the past three years, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway and the National Elk Refuge have jointly prepared the CRMP/EA in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FONSI identified the agencies’ preferred alternative (Alternative C) as presented in the CRMP/EA as the selected action.

March 05, 2014
Grand Teton Association & Former Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott Honored at APPL Conference
Grand Teton Association (GTA), Grand Teton National Park’s partner organization of 77 years, and Mary Gibson Scott, former park superintendent, received noteworthy awards at the recent Association of Partners for Public Lands (APPL) conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Several APPL awards honored the outstanding people, programs and products associated with public lands partnership organizations. These organizations assist public land management agencies and through their work, they enrich the experiences of millions of visitors who enjoy America’s great outdoors.

March 03, 2014
Grand Teton & JDR Parkway Generate nearly $492 Million in Economic Benefit thru Tourism
A National Park Service (NPS) report shows that during 2012, over 3.9 million visitors to Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway spent almost $492 million in gateway communities across northwestern Wyoming. In turn, that spending supported 6,925 jobs in the communities of Jackson, Teton Village, and Dubois, Wyoming, and the nearby towns of Driggs and Victor, Idaho.

March 03, 2014
Grand Teton Recruits for 2014 Youth Conservation Program
Grand Teton National Park is recruiting participants for the 2014 Youth Conservation Program (YCP). Funding for this youth employment opportunity comes from the Grand Teton National Park Foundation through generous contributions by their donors. Applications must be postmarked by March 14, 2014

February 12, 2014
David Vela Named Superintendent of Grand Teton National Park
Intermountain Regional Director Sue Masica announced today that David Vela has been named superintendent of Grand Teton National Park. He will begin his duties in about six weeks.

February 11, 2014
Jenny Lake Renewal Plan EA Available for Public Review
Grand Teton National Park Acting Superintendent Kevin Schneider announced today that the Jenny Lake Renewal Plan Environmental Assessment (Jenny Lake Plan/EA) is now available for public review. The Jenny Lake Plan/EA will be open to review for 30 days from February 14 through March 15, 2014.

February 10, 2014
Lost Skiers Rescued during Major Winter Storm
Three skiers unintentionally ended up in Grand Teton National Park’s Granite Canyon backcountry on Friday, February 7, prompting a search and rescue mission by park rangers the following day during a significant winter storm. Despite a high and rising avalanche danger, park rescuers successfully assisted the three out of the Teton backcountry by 9:30 p.m. Saturday, February 8.

February 07, 2014
Enjoy Free Entry on President’s Day Weekend
President’s Day weekend means free entry to Grand Teton National Park. Entrance fees will be waived from Saturday, February 15 through Monday, February 17 at more than 400 units across the National Park System. This will also be a perfect weekend to experience and enjoy the winter wonderland of northwestern Wyoming and snap photos of the snow-clad Teton Range, especially with the predicted storm cycle that is forecasted to bring significant new snow through Tuesday, February 11. Entry fees for a private, non-commercial vehicle to Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks normally costs $25 for seven days.

January 29, 2014
Grand Teton NP & Teton County Forge Agreement on Teton Park Road Grooming
Grand Teton National Park and Teton County entered into an agreement this week and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to provide regular grooming for Nordic and skate skiing along the Teton Park Road in partnership with the Grand Teton National Park Foundation. As an extension of community grooming activities outside the park, Teton County has agreed to pilot a program to groom 15 miles of the snow-covered Teton Park Road between Taggart Lake trailhead and Signal Mountain Lodge within the park.

January 24, 2014
Park Rangers Investigating the Discovery of Dead Coyote & Red Fox
Park rangers began an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the presence of two wildlife carcasses—one coyote and one red fox— lying alongside the road near Gros Ventre Junction and just east of Highway 26/89/191 within Grand Teton National Park.

January 21, 2014
Gray Wolf Shot & Killed within Grand Teton National Park
A gray wolf was shot and killed at a private inholding within Grand Teton National Park on Monday, January 20, 2014. The person who fired the lethal shot notified Wyoming Game and Fish Department wardens and they reported the situation to park rangers at approximately 10:30 a.m.

January 13, 2014
Gain Free Entry into Grand Teton NP on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Grand Teton National Park will waive entrance fees on Monday, January 20, 2014 in recognition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. Grand Teton will join the more than 400 other units of the National Park System to acknowledge this special day as part of an effort to encourage families and individuals to visit and experience the wonders of their national parks. The entry fee for a private, non-commercial vehicle to Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks normally costs $25 for seven days.

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