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Grand Teton plans extensive overhaul of heavily used Jenny Lake area

A group paddles a canoe on Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate file photo - click to enlarge)

One of the busiest and most heavily used areas in Grand Teton National Park will be revitalized and overhauled under a long-term plan to improve trails and facilities that have suffered under high visitor traffic. Grand Teton Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott announced Friday that the park is seeking public input for an improvement plan for the Jenny Lake area, according to a statement released by the park's public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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Isa Lake in Yellowstone Park drains from continental divide to two oceans

Isa Lake atop Craig Pass on the continental divide in Yellowstone National Park drains to both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. (NPS photo - click to enlarge)

Isa Lake, which actually is more pond than lake, sits within Craig Pass, and is famous because it drains to two different oceans, but does so "backwards," according to the National Park Service. "At one time, it was probably the only lake on Earth that drained naturally backwards to two oceans, the east side draining to the Pacific and the west side to the Atlantic," states the 2012 edition of Yellowstone Resources and Issues Handbook, a Park Service reference guide. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone planners set public meetings on ‘complicated’ but ‘defensible’ winter-use plan

A collared elk is wary, but appears relatively undisturbed by passing snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk said Thursday that he believes the park's newly released draft winter-use plan is "complicated," but also "incredibly defensible," and that it will lead to a quieter, cleaner winter experience for visitors. If the plan survives expected court challenges — the last decade has seen constant legal wrangling over snowmobiles in the park — it will take effect in 2014, after a two-year transition period that follows current rules. Wenk and park planners will be discussing the plan later this month during public meetings in gateway communities around the park. Continue Reading →

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Park Service approves long-term plan for Yellowstone Lake area

The National Park Service has approved a modified version of the preferred alternative proposed by Yellowstone Park managers for long-term development and management of the Lake area. A finding of "no significant impact" for the plan was signed April 17 by the National Park Service Intermountain Region Director. An environmental assessment that analyzed three alternatives for guiding development around Lake Village, Fishing Bridge and Bridge Bay was released for public review and comment in February 2012. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone Park wins approval for plan to convert cabins to visitor lodging

Yellowstone National Park planners have received approval for a proposal to convert 67 cabin units used for concessioner employee housing in the Old Faithful Lodge Area to visitor use, and to construct a new dormitory in the Old Faithful administrative area. An environmental review of the plan found there would be no significant impact to repurpose the cabins to provide more affordable visitor lodging at Old Faithful. Park managers also will build a new employee dormitory to house employees now living in the cabins. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton National Park seeks comments on planned Moose water system overhaul

Jason Lesli, left, and Duane Nardi have lunch on the rooftop deck of Dornan's restaurant in May 2011 in Grand Teton National Park. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate)

Grand Teton National Park is seeking public comment on its environmental assessment of a plan to replace the wastewater system at Moose and to upgrade other deficiencies in the community's water systems. The community has a handful of permanent residents and also hosts the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center and the National Park Service headquarters for Grand Teton, as well as some concessioners and cabins. Continue Reading →

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