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Bridger-Teton: Where deer, pronghorn and grizzlies roam
Latest News: We are still awaiting a final decision by Bridger-Teton National Forest regarding whether or not she will authorize energy development of 35 leases on 44,720 acres on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. GYC believes these leases should be retired, and have asked her make the right decision. After back and forth position statements since 2011, we hope for a final decision that protects this landscape later this year.
Overview: For years, the six areas comprising the Bridger-Teton National Forest’s 256,000 acres were a chaotic jumble of user-created trails for motorcycles, ATVs and jeeps. This unregulated use damaged cutthroat trout streams and elk-calving areas, and threatened to turn this picturesque forest into a motorized playground. Now, thanks to a multi-year effort involving many community stakeholders, a new plan has resulted in better management of summer off-road use in critical wildlife habitat.
In 2009, many trails were closed and those that remained open were restricted, protecting vast tracts of meadows and forests for such challenged species as sage grouse, peregrine falcons, elk calves and grizzly bears.
In addition, the Forest Service closed an 8,281-acre grazing allotment just south of Jackson near the Gros Ventre Wilderness boundary. This area is valuable habitat for moose, elk, mule deer and the occasional bighorn sheep.
Project Goals: We will continue to work with such stakeholders as hikers, anglers, mountain bikers, hunters, horse packers, motorized enthusiasts and agency people to maintain the integrity of key wildlife habitat on the Bridger-Teton.
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