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Contact: Jackie Skaggs, 307.739.3393
June 7, 2011
Grand Teton National Park employees will join with park partners and concessioners to conduct the annual roadside clean-up on Thursday, June 9 from 8 a.m. to noon. This date is a bit later than previous years due to late season melting from a record winter snowpack.
Anyone driving through Grand Teton during Thursday morning should be alert for people walking along the roads and give clean-up crews a wide berth. Slow moving and parked vehicles may also be encountered.
Each year before the summer season is in full swing, park staff and Grand Teton Association employees-along with staff from the Grand Teton Lodge Company, Signal Mountain Lodge, Triangle X Ranch, and Flagg Ranch Resort-set aside a day to remove trash and unsightly debris from roads and turnouts to beautify Grand Teton before summer visitors arrive.
"Visitors and local residents can keep roadsides clean throughout the year by taking the time to place litter in garbage cans and dumpsters located throughout the park. As an added benefit, this simple, but responsible act also helps reduce the chance that bears may get food rewards," said Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott. "Everyone is encouraged to do their part in keeping Grand Teton National Park free of unsightly litter."
The Craig Thomas, Jenny Lake, Colter Bay, and Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve visitor centers and park bookstores, as well as the interagency communication center and law enforcement patrols will continue normal operations while the clean-up work is underway.