Grand Teton National Park Foundation

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The purpose of Inspiring Journeys: A Campaign for Jenny Lake is to create a cohesive, durable, and timeless complex of trails, bridges, and other facilities at Jenny Lake. Jenny Lake continues to be the place where people choose to have on the ground interactions with Grand Teton’s most fascinating features, making it one of the best places to introduce visitors to the beauty and importance of national parks. The transformation at Jenny Lake will include improvements of both backcountry trails and frontcountry interpretive spaces, enhancing visitor experience and creating safer pathways for recreation.

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WHY IT MATTERS

Jenny Lake, Grand Teton’s most visited destination, hosts more than 1 million people each year—a number that was inconceivable in the 1930s when the Civilian Conservation Corps crews built park trails.

Over the years, this area has degraded and cumulative damage now threatens fragile habitat and prevents people with limited abilities or wilderness experience from exploring all the area has to offer.

The Jenny Lake area has been damaged by high use that has resulted in poor conditions on the trails, bridges, and facilities. Past maintenance efforts have helped alleviate some of these issues, but ultimately, extensive, comprehensive work is required

WHAT GTNPF IS DOING

Grand Teton National Park Foundation is the park’s primary fundraising partner and will provide $14 million to improve the Jenny Lake area. Grand Teton will contribute $4 million to the project. The campaign ends August 25, 2016. In addition to fundraising, GTNPF also oversees the partnerships between project vendors and park staff. The strategy, planning, and decision-making process has stemmed from open and engaged conversations between GTNPF, Grand Teton, and community members passionate about the enhancement of this beloved park location.

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