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Comments sought on planned improvements at historic Grand Teton research ranch

Edith Sargent playis the violin outside of Merymere Lodge at the site of the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

The University of Wyoming and the National Park Service will prepare an environmental assessment for range of proposed improvements to a research center at the historic AMK Ranch on the east shore of Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Planned improvements include replacement of the water and wastewater systems and construction of a new dormitory, according to a statement released by the Grand Teton public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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Wyoming game officials investigating illegal wolf kills near Grand Teton

Yellowstone wolves are the focus of a new video released by the Yellowstone Park Foundation promoting collaring and other research efforts. (NPS photo - click to enlarge)

Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials are seeking information about the illegal killing of two gray wolves in the Gros Ventre area near Jackson, Wyo., east of Grand Teton National Park. Two wolves shot in separate incidents in December were both poached—killed in a way that doesn't comply with the state's wildlife and hunting laws—officials said in a statement released Tuesday. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton offers ranger-led snowshoe hikes through April

Grand Teton National Park rangers will offer daily snowshoe hikes this winter, as well as special full-moon hikes on selected days.

Grand Teton National Park ranger naturalists will lead daily snowshoe hikes this winter, as well as monthly full moon hikes on select days each month through April. In addition to the regular daily snowshoe hikes from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, rangers will conduct guided snowshoe treks to Taggart Lake, and several full-moon snowshoe hikes, according to a statement released by the park's public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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Park Service buys 86-acre inholding in Grand Teton for $16 million

The National Park Service has purchased a parcel of state-owned land within Grand Teton National Park, and plans to buy two more in the coming years.

The National Park Service announced last week that it has purchased the second of four parcels of Wyoming school trust lands within Grand Teton National Park, paying $16 million for 86 acres. The Snake River Parcel was bought with funds made available from congressional appropriations in fiscal years 2011-13, according to a statement released by the agency. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton scenery, wildlife featured in Tarantino movie Django Unchained

Actors Jamie Foxx, left, and Christoph Waltz appear in a publicity image from Django Unchained, a new movie filmed in Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding area. (©Columbia Pictures - click to enlarge)

Sharp-eyed cinema fans may recognize landscapes from Grand Teton National Park and see wildlife from the National Elk Refuge in a few scenes from a major Hollywood movie set for release on Christmas Day. Production on writer-director Quentin Tarantino's latest film, Django Unchained, came to Jackson, Wyo. on short notice in February when a lack of snow in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains forced producers to scramble for a new last-minute location. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton National Park gearing up for winter activities

Grand Teton National Park staffers and concessioners are gearing up for winter activities, including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling as the winter season is set to begin Dec. 15. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter activities in the park, but rely on user to establish most trails, which typically are not groomed. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton diversion dam slated for removal in spring

A failing diversion dam at the southeastern end of Grand Teton National Park is slated for removal in the spring, clearing the way for easier migration of cutthroat trout and other native fish species. Park officials are seeking public comments as part of the initial scoping process for the removal of the Newbold Dam on the Gros Ventre River at Kelly, Wyo., according to information released by the park's public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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Visitor to Grand Teton finds ring and tracks down owner to return lost keepsake

Toni Leigh Chandler describes loosing a college ring in the snow during a visit last year to Grand Teton National Park. (©KXAN-Austin)

A Texas woman is rejoicing after a stranger returned a ring she lost nearly a year ago in Grand Teton National Park. Toni Leigh Chandler said her faith in humanity was restored after she opened a package containing her Texas A&M University graduation ring, which she lost just before Christmas on a vacation to the Tetons. Continue Reading →

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Teton Park and Moose-Wilson roads in Grand Teton close for winter season

Grand Teton National Park will close some of its roads to seasonal travel in preparation for winter.

Two roads within Grand Teton National Park close to vehicle traffic for the winter season on Wednesday evening. Vehicle closures include the length of the Teton Park Road between the Taggart Lake parking area and Signal Mountain Lodge parking lot, as well as the Moose-Wilson Road between Granite Canyon and Death Canyon trailheads. Continue Reading →

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Controlled fires planned for Grand Teton Park and Bridger-Teton Forest

A small prescribed fire burns near the base of Carter Mountain south of Cody, Wyo. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate file photo - click to enlarge)

From Staff Reports
Teton Interagency Fire workers will begin setting controlled fires this week in Grand Teton National Park to reduce slash piles of dead wood, brush and debris. If conditions allow, fire personnel will target 10 project areas around the park and in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Smoke may be visible from these controlled burns across a wide area, according to a statement released by the Grand Teton public affairs office. The slash piles are mostly in developed areas where fire crews have completed fuels reduction projects, which include thinning and removing lower limbs from trees, and removing dead wood and brush from the forest floor. Forest managers say pile burning is an effective way of eliminating woody debris, affording benefits to wildlife habitat, while lessening the risk of catastrophic wildfire and risk to firefighters in the event of a large-scale fire. Continue Reading →

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