PUBLIC-PRIVATE EFFORT SECURED HIGH-STAKES LAND IN GRAND TETON
On December 12, 2016, the National Park Service purchased 640 acres within Grand Teton National Park from the State of Wyoming. The Antelope Flats acquisition was made possible by the successful completion of an eight-month fundraising campaign by Grand Teton National Park Foundation and the National Park Foundation that raised $23 million in private funds. These funds were matched by $23 million from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. The newly protected land preserves critical wildlife habitat, migration routes, and viewsheds, prevents private development within the park boundary, and helps to complete the original vision of the park. The proceeds of the $46 million sale will benefit Wyoming public school children.
Permanently protecting the 640-acre Antelope Flats Parcel was a tremendous achievement that required collaboration and support from many individuals, organizations, and agencies.
At our celebration in August 2017, fromer Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and Grand Teton National Park Foundation President Leslie Mattson shared their stories, reflections, and thanks to the people that made the preservation of this critical habitat possible.