Bridger Teton National Forest Projects
Jackson Ranger District: Teton to Snake Fuels Management Project
The purpose of the Teton To Snake Fuels Management Project (Teton To Snake) is to reduce wildland fire threat to private lands, improve firefighter and public safety, and allow Forest managers to transition from suppressing most fires in the Palisades Wilderness area to a more natural fire regime.
The Teton to Snake project is being considered at this time to move the project area closer to the desired conditions as directed by the Bridger-Teton National Forest’s Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan). The combination of prevailing winds and forest fuels in the project area indicate the potential for future fires with behavior like the Green Knoll Fire and the threat to private land in and near the project area. Reducing the fire potential would reduce the threat to private property while also allowing the proper management of the Palisades Wilderness Study Area, which calls for fire to play its natural role in maintaining the fire-adapted ecosystem.
The draft EIS will be ready for public comment the end of August thru the beginning September 2014
For project information please contact Mike Johnston at 307.739.5425
Relevant Information to Teton to Snake Fuels Management Project.
Grand Teton National Park Summer 2014 Projects
Proposed project list, subject to change.
- Signal Mountain:
Project size: 36 acres
This is the first of 5 treatments along the Signal Mountain Summit road to remove hazard trees and reduce fuels around the communications tower at the summit and along the road corridor. The target area this summer will focus on the top portion of the project area. Fuels in this area were last treated in 2000 and some maintenance of this treatment is needed due to new growth from “released” vegetation and the result of the mountain pine beetle epidemic. Resultant slash will be piled on site and burned early winter/spring when conditions are safe for burning or chipped. When crews are working on the project in early June, expect delays along the road.
- Highlands Housing
Project size: 9 acres
This is a hazard tree/fuels reduction project within the footprint of the Highland housing area. The treatment will focus on removing cottonwood trees that pose threats to residents and structures and eliminating jackpots of dead and downed material adjacent to structures. Large diameter material will be moved a safe distance from structures and will remain on site for important wildlife habitat and nutrient cycling or hauled away. Limbs and smaller material will be piled on site and burned early winter/spring when conditions are safe for burning or chipped.
- Stucture Assessments
In efforts to build a new park service wide structure assessment data base, crews will be evaluating structures within the communities of Moran and Jenny Lake. This will provide the opportunity to reevaluate these structures for the risk of wildland fires and develop potential treatments and tactics to better protect the structures and the community.
Teton to Snake Project Area Map
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