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August 23, 2016
Berry Fire Forces Road and Area Closures in Grand Teton National Park & John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway
The Berry Fire has forced the temporary closure of U.S. Highway 89/191/287 in Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway between Leeks Marina and the South Gate of Yellowstone National Park. The Grassy Lake Road between Flagg Ranch and the Caribou-Targhee National Forest boundary is also closed. These closures include Lizard Creek Campground and the Headwaters Lodge and Campground at Flagg Ranch, which have been evacuated. The roads are not expected to reopen anytime today, Tuesday, August 23. They will be reopened when fire danger is reduced and hazardous trees have been removed.

August 19, 2016
Berry Fire Being Managed For Resource Benefits
Teton Interagency Firefighters are actively monitoring a lightning-ignited fire in Grand Teton National Park on the northwest side of Jackson Lake. The Berry Fire, detected on July 25, 2016, is burning in mixture of dead and down fuels and mature conifer forest. The fire is burning on Elk Ridge near Berry and Owl Creeks, approximately one mile west of the northwest shore of Jackson Lake and five miles south of the Grassy Lake Road. The fire, now 617 acres in size, is burning actively with short range spotting and uphill runs. Fire managers anticipate that lower than average fuel moisture combined with hotter and drier weather will continue to drive increased fire activity over the next few days.

August 18, 2016
Park Promotes Wildlife and Visitor Safety with String Lake Volunteer Team
A new volunteer program to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts in the String Lake area has proven successful for Grand Teton National Park, and additional volunteers are wanted. The String Lake Volunteer Team offers interpretation and education services regarding safe recreational experiences in the lakeshore area. The volunteers promote the "Bear Aware" campaign reminding visitors about the responsibilities related to recreating in bear country, as well as help with the increased issues related to the popularity of the area. The program was based on the successful wildlife brigade volunteer program that the park created in 2007.

August 18, 2016
Grand Teton National Parks Centennial Celebration of Founders Week
Several special events are planned at Grand Teton National Park to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial. All events are free and open to the public, and the park entrance fee will be waived Thursday, August 25 through Sunday, August 28. The park entrance fee is still applicable on other days.

August 18, 2016
Interagency Fire Fighters Respond to Glade Creek Fire in Parkway
Teton Interagency initial attack fire fighters responded to the Glade Creek Fire Thursday evening after several reports of smoke in the area. The fire is located approximately three miles west of Flagg Ranch and approximately one mile north of the Grassy Lake Road in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. As of late Thursday evening, the size of the fire was estimated to be about seven acres. Lightning from storms over the past three weeks is believed to be the cause of the fire, but the ignition source is being investigated.

August 18, 2016
park rangers respond to incidents
Park rangers have recently responded to several incidents involving rescue and medical assistance of visitors, including two major rescues this last week.

August 09, 2016
Gopaul Noojibail Selected as Deputy Superintendent
Gopaul Noojibail has been selected to serve as deputy superintendent at Grand Teton National Park. Noojibail , a 17-year veteran of federal service, is currently the superintendent of several national parks in Washington, D.C. administered as National Capital Parks East.

August 08, 2016
Water Testing at Geothermal Features Indicates High Levels of Pathogens
Initial findings from recent water monitoring at and near Huckleberry Hot Springs, Polecat Springs and Kelly Warm Spring within Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway indicate the presence of pathogens that may affect the health and safety of humans when in contact with these waters.

August 06, 2016
Missing Girl Located
At approximately 8 a.m. this morning, Saturday, August 6, Fauna Jackson was located in Grand Teton National Park. She was uninjured and transported to St. John's Medical Center for a welfare check. Jackson is currently in the care of Teton County Sheriff’s Office.

August 05, 2016
Search for Missing Girl Continues Crews Find Hiking Boot
Search efforts continued in Grand Teton National Park for 16-year old Fauna Jackson, a member of Groundwork USA working on a service project in the park. Jackson was reported missing at approximately 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 4.

August 04, 2016
Participant in Youth Service Group is Missing
Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received a call at approximately 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 4, regarding a report of a missing person. The missing person, 16-year old female Fauna Jackson, a member of Groundwork USA, was working on a service project in Grand Teton National Park.

August 01, 2016
partial fire restriction in effect for park and forest
Based upon a current fire danger rating of Very High and current predications of continued warm and dry weather, Teton Interagency fire managers announced today that partial fire restrictions will begin at 12:01am, Wednesday morning on August 3, 2016, for Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest and the High Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management. Teton County, Sublette County and Lincoln County, Wyoming will likely begin fire restrictions this week. The Big Horn National Forest in Wyoming implemented restrictions on July 29.

August 01, 2016
Grizzly Bear Research Trapping Resumes in Grand Teton National Park Public Reminded to Heed Warning Signs
Biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team will be conducting grizzly bear research and trapping operations within Grand Teton National Park beginning Monday, August 8, through Thursday, September 15, 2016. This research is part of on-going efforts required under the Endangered Species Act to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

July 27, 2016
Teton Interagency Firefighters Monitoring Berry Fire in Park
Teton Interagency Firefighters are monitoring a lightning-ignited fire in Grand Teton National Park on the northwest side of Jackson Lake. The fire is located near the confluence of Berry Creek and Owl Creek, approximately three miles west of the northwest shore of Jackson Lake and six miles south of the Grassy Lake Road.

July 27, 2016
special programs at colter bay this weekend
Grand Teton National Park will host special interpretive and informative programs this weekend at Colter Bay. On Friday July 29, Professor Robert VanGundy from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise will present about climate change at 9 p.m. at the Colter Bay Amphitheater. Park rangers and the Jackson Hole Astronomy Club will celebrate Astronomy Day on Saturday, July 30, with numerous family-oriented activities and educational opportunities throughout the day and night. All programs are free and open to the public.

July 26, 2016
New Tribal Youth Corps Program at Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park is launching a new Tribal Youth Corps program this summer. The goals of the program are to reconnect American Indian youth with the Grand Teton landscape while assisting with cultural preservation projects, and to introduce participants to careers in the National Park Service.

July 24, 2016
Information Gathered on Recent Exum Guide Fatality
An investigation by Grand Teton National Park Rangers into the death of Exum Mountain Guide Gary Falk on Saturday, July 23, has revealed some information that may have led to this climbing fatality.

July 23, 2016
Park Rangers Respond to Fatality and Injury Incidents on Saturday
Grand Teton National Park Rangers responded to two major incidents today. At approximately 10:30 a.m. Teton Interagency Dispatch Center was notified that an individual fell in Valhalla Canyon and was believed to be seriously or fatally injured. Park rangers responded with a reconnaissance flight to survey the situation and two rangers from that flight were inserted in the area via helicopter and hiked to the scene. It was determined that the individual was deceased and a recovery effort was initiated.

July 21, 2016
Two-day Closure Scheduled for July 26 and 27 on Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park
To accommodate a dust abatement application, a brief travel closure will be in place for about 48 hours, beginning 4 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, on the unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park. The road will reopen by 8 a.m. Thursday, July 28.

July 21, 2016
Fire Danger has Increased to Very High
Teton Interagency fire managers announce that the fire danger rating has increased to Very High for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park and Teton Interagency Dispatch Area.

July 08, 2016
Grand Teton National Park Celebrates NPS Centennial with Signature Events
Several events are planned at Grand Teton National Park in the coming weeks in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial. All events are free and open to the public, although the park entrance fee is still applicable.

July 01, 2016
Two Lost Hikers Trigger First Major Search and Rescue Effort of Season
Grand Teton National Park Rangers responded to the first major search and rescue incident of the season late Thursday, June 30. Two hikers, Michael Kramer, 27, of Miami, Florida and Tiffany Morhaim, 26, of North Miami Beach, Florida, were on a day hike of Cascade and Paintbrush Canyons. They ventured off trail and found themselves lost in Leigh Canyon. They activated a satellite personal locator device when they realized they were lost and not prepared to spend a night in the backcountry.

July 01, 2016
Nationally Recognized Professional Artists Gather for Fifth Annual Plein Air for the Park Event
Grand Teton National Park will serve as both the inspiration and location for the fifth annual Plein Air for the Park fine art exhibition. Beginning July 4, Grand Teton Association, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, and Grand Teton National Park will welcome thirty-seven professional artists from across the United States to capture the spectacular Teton landscape, wildlife and wildflowers on canvas. All sessions and events are free and open to the public.

June 28, 2016
Fire Danger Has Increased to High
Teton Interagency fire managers announce that the fire danger rating is High for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and Teton Interagency Dispatch Area. The potential for fire activity has increased due to drying vegetation combined with higher temperatures, low humidity, and brisk afternoon winds.

June 23, 2016
Boaters Reminded to Operate Safely and Help Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
With the boating season in full swing at Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, rangers remind local residents and visitors to operate their boats safely and help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Rangers will participate in Operation Dry Water, a nationwide awareness effort to promote boating safety, this weekend, June 24 through June 26.

June 23, 2016
John Colter Day to Tell Story of Mountain Man History in Jackson Hole
The annual John Colter Day will be held Monday, June 27, at Colter Bay Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park. Colter explored the vast Yellowstone country during the winter of 1807-1808, and was likely the first European to ever travel the region. This marks the ninth year that Grand Teton has offered special presentations to highlight the life of John Colter and the mountain men of the 1800s.

June 20, 2016
Motorists Reminded to Slow Down and Be Vigilant after Two Bears Hit Sunday
Two bears died yesterday in Grand Teton National Park after they were struck by passing vehicles. The first, an adult female black bear, was struck on U.S. Highway 89 north of the Deadman’s Bar Road Junction on Sunday, June 19 around 7:30 p.m. The second, a male grizzly bear cub of the year, was hit later the same evening on the North Park Road (U.S. Highway 89) between the Pilgrim Creek Road Junction and Colter Bay Junction.

June 07, 2016
Three-Day Closure Scheduled for June 13 through 15 on Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park
A brief travel closure will be in place on a segment of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park for about 72 hours beginning at 6:00 a.m. Monday, June 13. The temporary closure will be in effect for the segment of road between Sawmill Ponds Overlook and the Death Canyon Road Junction. The road will reopen by 8:00 a.m. Thursday, June 16.

June 02, 2016
American Indian Guest Artist Program Begins 2016 Season
Grand Teton National Park is hosting American Indian Artists at the Colter Bay Visitor Center this summer to share their traditional and contemporary art with park visitors. Participating artists will demonstrate and share the cultural traditions of their tribes through art forms such as painting, weaving, pottery, beadwork, and musical instruments.

June 02, 2016
A Grand Celebration: Classes of 2016 and the National Park Service Centennial
In commemoration of the National Park Service Centennial and the goal to connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, Grand Teton National Park created an unique relationship with local 2016 graduating seniors for the past four years.

June 02, 2016
Two-day Closure Scheduled for June 7 and 8 on Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park
To accommodate a dust abatement application, a brief travel closure will be in place for about 48 hours, beginning 4 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, on the unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park. The road will reopen by 8 a.m. Thursday, June 9.

May 31, 2016
Celebration Planned for Pathway Connection
Superintendent David Vela and his staff will host a small event to celebrate the opening of the 1.25 mile multi-use pathway connection between Moose Junction and Antelope Flats Road in Grand Teton National Park. The celebration will take place at the Blacktail Butte Parking Area, which is also known as the “Practice Rocks,” at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016. The event is open to the public.

May 25, 2016
Park Fire Personnel and Rangers Respond to Utility Shop Fire in Colter Bay
Grand Teton National Park Structural Fire Fighters and Law Enforcement Rangers responded to a fire in the park’s North District Buildings and Utilities Shop located in Colter Bay at approximately 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 24.

May 19, 2016
Jenny Lake Renewal Project to Impact Visitors
Visitors to Grand Teton National Park this summer will notice that the Jenny Lake Renewal Project is well underway. The project, an $18 million public-private partnership between the National Park Service and Grand Teton National Park Foundation, will enhance the visitor experience in the area with improved trail conditions, restrooms, wayfinding, foot access to the lake, and interpretive information. This summer’s construction will impact visitors in significant ways including limited parking, a temporary visitor center, trail re-routes and closures, and obvious construction.

May 17, 2016
2016 Boyd Evison Graduate Fellowship Awarded to Maggie Raboin
Grand Teton National Park and the Grand Teton Association announced today that Maggie Raboin was selected for the 2016 Boyd Evison Graduate Fellowship. Since 2005, the Evison Fellowship has supported graduate students as they conduct advanced studies across the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Raboin is pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in the Environmental Science, Policy, and Management Department.

April 29, 2016
Deadmans Bar Construction Work to Begin
Construction will be underway this summer at the Deadmans Bar Road, parking area, and boat launch in Grand Teton National Park. The project will improve the road surface, expand and formalize the parking area to improve traffic circulation, provide better access to the Snake River, and revegetate areas that have been impacted by overflow parking in the past. While the construction schedule has been designed to maintain access during the heart of the busy summer season, the road will be closed during the shoulder seasons to accommodate crucial road work that cannot be completed on the narrow road with traffic present.

April 27, 2016
National Geographic Magazine Dedicates the Entire May 2016 Issue to Exploring YELLOWSTONE: America’s Wild Idea
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, National Geographic has launched a yearlong exploration of the power of parks, including a special single-topic issue on Yellowstone. The magazine’s May 2016 issue, YELLOWSTONE: America’s Wild Idea, takes an in-depth look at the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem which encompasses Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, national forests, wildlife refuges, and private lands, which total over 22.6 million acres, the largest collection of contiguous wild lands in the lower 48 states.

April 26, 2016
Facility Opening Dates for Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway
Opening dates for seasonally operated facilities and roads in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway are as follows:

April 21, 2016
Visitation to Grand Teton National Park Generates Over 728 Million in Economic Benefit to Local Communities
A new report released today concludes that visitors to Grand Teton National Park in 2015 spent an estimated $560 million in local gateway communities. The ripple effects of that spending had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of over $728 million and supported 8,862 jobs in nearby communities such as Jackson, Teton Village, and Dubois, WY as well as Victor and Driggs, ID. As it did in 2014, Grand Teton ranked among the top five national park areas in terms of economic benefit along with Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Denali National Park & Preserve.

April 12, 2016
Celebrate National Park Week and Junior Ranger Day Free Entrance and Special Events Scheduled
In celebration of National Park Week, Grand Teton National Park will have free entrance April 16-April 24, and will host various interpretive and educational activities including a Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 23.

April 08, 2016
Grizzly Bear Research Trapping Begins in Grand Teton National Park Public Reminded to Heed Warning Signs
Biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team will be conducting grizzly bear research and trapping operations within Grand Teton National Park beginning Wednesday, April 13, through April 30. This research is part of on-going efforts required under the Endangered Species Act to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

March 31, 2016
Teton Park Road Open to Non-Motorized Recreation
The Teton Park Road, between the Taggart Lake Parking Area and Signal Mountain Lodge, has been plowed and is open to non-motorized recreational uses such as walking, biking and rollerblading.

March 16, 2016
Volunteer Hammer Corps to Begin Preserving Historic Structures this Summer
This summer, Grand Teton National Park will launch a new volunteer program dedicated to the preservation of cultural sites throughout the park. The Grand Teton Hammer Corps will provide an opportunity for volunteers of all ages to learn about and connect with the park’s historic buildings and cultural landscapes while working to preserve them.

March 15, 2016
Biologists Document New Mule Deer Migration Route over Teton Range
Grand Teton National Park biologists have detailed a new long-distance mule deer migration route that spans two states and traverses the Teton Range. The route was the latest of four long-distance migrations that park biologists have documented since 2013 in an effort to better understand mule deer, the routes they use to access winter ranges, and conservation risks along those routes.

March 14, 2016
Road Crews to Begin Spring Snow Removal on Teton Park Road
On Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Grand Teton National Park road crews will begin their annual spring plowing of the Teton Park Road from Taggart Lake trailhead to Signal Mountain Lodge. As plowing operations get underway, over snow access and recreation on this section of road will cease for the season. Visitors may continue to use other areas for skate-skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing until conditions are no longer favorable.

March 07, 2016
Applicants Sought for Youth Conservation Program
Grand Teton National Park is currently seeking applications for the 11th season of the Youth Conservation Program. The program gives local teenagers an opportunity to spend the summer working while learning about and making significant contributions to protection of the park’s trails and other resources.

March 03, 2016
Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center Opens for the Season
The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at Moose in Grand Teton National Park will open on Friday, March 4, with operating hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The center is closed from late fall to early spring each year.

February 12, 2016
David T Vernon Collection Featured in New Partnership Between the National Park Service and Google
In a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and Google, Grand Teton National Park’s David T. Vernon Collection of American Indian artifacts will be featured in the Google Cultural Institute, a digital platform which makes hundreds of culturally significant objects in the National Park Service’s museum collection available online. The Google Cultural Institute photographs and virtually maps important artifacts, photos, records and works of art to share with global audiences and digitally preserve them for future generations.

February 04, 2016
Injured Backcountry Skier Rescued from Disappointment Peak
Rangers rescued an injured backcountry skier from Disappointment Peak in Grand Teton National Park this afternoon, February 4, 2016. The skier, Rene Etter-Garrette, 32, of Jackson, WY, was beginning his ski descent of Spoon Couloir above Amphitheater Lake when he triggered a wind slab avalanche and was swept downhill.

January 15, 2016
Denise Germann Selected as Public Affairs Officer
Superintendent David Vela has selected Denise Germann to serve as the next public affairs officer for Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Germann will be responsible for dissemination of park news and information to the public, relationships with the media, and public communication on a wide range of complex and often controversial issues. Germann will begin her duties at Grand Teton on February 22, 2016.

January 13, 2016
Record Numbers Visit Grand Teton in 2015
Grand Teton National Park welcomed a record number of visitors in 2015. The park received over 4.6 million visits, an 8.2 percent increase from the previous record of 4.3 million visits set in 2014. The most significant increases came in the months of September and October when total visitation increased 18 percent and 12 percent, respectively, from the previous year.

January 07, 2016
Mountains to Main Street Program to Kick Off Centennial Year
Grand Teton National Park will kick off the National Park Service centennial year with a new and exciting program called Mountains to Main Street beginning on January 10, 2016. This eight-week program aims to actively engage under-represented, urban youth with their national parks through the leadership and community-mobilization expertise of young adults who will serve as Mountains to Main Street Urban Ambassadors. After a week-long training workshop in the park, the ambassadors will return to their communities where they will lead the celebration of the National Park Service centennial and connect inner city populations with national parks.

January 05, 2016
Historic Properties Management Plan Released for Public Review and Comment
The public is invited to review and comment on the Historic Properties Management Plan /Environmental Assessment (HPMP/EA) that evaluates present conditions and future uses for the 44 historic properties located within Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. The HPMP/EA public comment period runs from January 5, 2016 through February 17, 2016. The public is also invited to meet with park staff regarding the plan at an open house on January 19, 2016, at St. John’s Episcopal Church Hansen Hall, 168 North Glenwood Street in Jackson, WY, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

 

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