WILDLIFE & NATURAL RESOURCES INITIATIVE

Changing visitation, land use and development patterns, climate change, and invasive species all threaten to disrupt the sensitive ecological relationships that characterize Grand Teton today. Activities supported by this initiative will supplement the park’s finite operating resources and make significant strides toward ensuring the long-term ecological integrity of Grand Teton National Park, as well as its ability to adapt as needs evolve.

OUR PRIORITIES

Bear Boxes

Bear-resistant food storage boxes: Conserving black and grizzly bears

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Glacier Research & Monitoring

Monitoring diverse water resources in a changing climate.

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Kelly Hayfields Habitat Restoration

Restoring sagebrush: Grassland wildlife habitat, The restoration of 4,500 acres

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Monitoring Chronic Wasting Disease

This year, ungulate biologists will focus on monitoring elk as carriers of the (CWD)

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Monitoring Ungulate Populations Of Concern

Bighorn sheep and moose populations in the park are currently declining or are at very low levels.

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Mule Deer Migrations

Conserving biodiversity: Protection of wildlife migration corridors. Biologists focused on identifying migratory corridors and threats

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Native Fish Conservation

This initiative focuses on studying the life histories of native fish

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Pika Research

Monitoring pikas in a changing climate. American pikas are declining nearly everywhere

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String Lake Volunteers

Educating visitors to protect natural resources in an intensively used landscape

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Whitebark Pine Conservation

Monitoring whitebark pine health, persistence, and reproduction

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Wildlife Brigade

GTNPF support helped start the Wildlife Brigade over a decade ago.

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Wolf Research & Monitoring

Status and ecology of gray wolves: Applying science to long-term conservation

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Grand Teton National Park

WHY? A FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE OF WILDLIFE IN GRAND TETON

Grand Teton National Park anchors the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

One of the last remaining large and nearly intact northern temperate ecosystems on Earth. The park’s renowned wildlife persists because of a landscape that has changed relatively little in 10,000 years. Careful attention to stewardship has enabled Grand Teton to become a world-class destination to view iconic wildlife and a place of science and discovery.

Yet, a variety of pressures mean that the once self-sustaining landscape needs vigilance and active participation from those who value all that it represents. Changing visitor and land use, land development patterns, climate change, and invasive plants and animals all threaten to disrupt the sensitive ecological system that characterizes Grand Teton today.

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