Bridger Teton National Forest Projects
Pinedale Ranger District: Skyline Wildland Urban Interface Fuels Reduction Project
Fuels reduction treatments utilizing equipment as well as prescribed burning. The treatments will reduce the risk of high severity wildfire and increase public and firefighter safety.
Jackson Ranger District: Teton to Snake Fuels Reduction Project-2021-Flyer
Taylor Mountain and Mosquito Creek Prescribed Fire- Update April 14th
Predicted spring weather conditions have placed all north zone burn operations on hold until favorable weather conditions return over the area. Firing operation's for the Taylor Mountain and Mosquito RX unit have proved successful in meeting the intended acres treated, fire effects and objectives in fuels reduction. Thank you, to the community of Teton County, WY. for the support and interest in reducing the wildfire risk within this areas and accompany efforts in fire adaptation within our community!
Before and After Photographs Taylor Mountain RX- Photos series taken by Fire Ecologist, Diane Abendroth, before and after the firing operations April 9th and again April 13th- Set Two, Set Three, Set Four
Phillips Ridge Pile Burning- 2021
Thinning/cutting treatments for the Phillips Ridge will start up July 2021.
Firefighters are planning to return this Spring to continue burning piles in T-3 and progress along the Phillips bench, towards Teton Pass. Smoke would be visible from the Greater Jackson Hole area. All treatment of piles require snow and cooler, moist weather, to help prevent the piles from creeping into surrounding vegetation and into treetops. Operations for treatment include firefighter's patrolling in the area for several days and monitoring for any fire behavior that may cause a safety concern after lighting piles.
Thank you to all those who recreated in the area during thinning operations for your cooperation with respect to trail access and closures the last two summers and into this summer season, Thank you .
Trails End Prescribed Fire -2021
Kemmerer Ranger District: Allred Flat Campground Fuels Mitigation Project
The Bridger-Teton Westzone Fire and Fuels modules, along with Kemmerer RD recreation program will be implementing a thinning/maintenance project between April 3oth to May 27th, 2021. The purpose is to reduce fire threat and provide a service which will create a safe experience to forest campers and visitors. This will be accomplished by the reduction of fire fuels and removal of standing dead and dying trees. Resulting in lower fire danger and reduction of overhead hazards.
For more information on this project contact Kemmerer Ranger District at 307-828-5100
Hams Fork Vegetation Treatment Project, Kemmerer Ranger District
This project is a result of the Hams Fork decision which includes timber sales, aspen restoration, hazard tree removal and prescribed burning. Recently 464-acres of aspen have been mechanically treated, and it is anticipated fire personnel will be burning slash piles in the Basin Creek unit this spring, in late April to early June. Burning of slash will result in the stimulation and regrowth of new aspen and the reduction of conifers within these stands.
The purpose of this project is to improve existing aspen stands by prescribed burning in a large area to stimulate aspen cover types. This objective will allow improvement over a large enough area to help minimize impacts from big game animals. In addition to lowering fuel loads and benefiting wildlife, the project will also enhance the visual quality of aspen.
Locations for this project include one unit in the Indian Creek drainage, one unit in Basin Creek off the Green Knoll/Big Spring cutoff, and one unit in the West Fork of Hams Creek. Additional slashing units in Green Knoll and Nugent Park area were added in the summer of 2018.
For more information on this project contact Kemmerer Ranger District at 307-828-5100.
Grand Teton National Park Projects - 2020
Beaver Creek North
The Beaver Creek area in Grand Teton NP includes the park's original headquarters, administrative area, and employee housing. It is a listed historic district. Fuels treatments around the old headquarters area began in the park in the late 1980's with additional treatments continuing in the 1990's. As additional housing units were constructed to the north of the historic district, fuels treatments were extended along the west side of the developed area. As time passes the treated areas require re-treatment due to encroaching seedlings/saplings and mature trees having died and fallen.
In 2020 crews will re-treat 21 acres of mixed conifer forest to the north and west of the Beaver Creek area. The mechanical treatment targets surface fuels, forest canopy, and ladder fuels and cut material will be piled on-site to burn after the fuels have sufficiently dried and snow on the ground limits surface fire spread. Mechanical treatments are coordinated with resource managers to avoid any nesting birds and piles are constructed in areas where ground disturbance will have minimal effect.
The Sky Ranch property was acquired by Grand Teton NP in 2005 and subsequently was evaluated and listed as a historic property whose management is directed through the park's Historic Properties Management Plan of 2017. Sky Ranch represents a single family residence designed and constructed in the 1950's with particular attention to the building design and siting along the edge of the large adjacent meadow.
Grand Teton NP is guided by the International Wildland -Urban Interface Code that has been adopted as agency policy. The WUI code establishes fuel treatment standards for areas adjacent to developments. In the 2020 field season firefighters will begin to establish 21 acres of defensible space around the Sky Ranch's multiple structures. Careful consideration is given to the historic nature of the property and the identified contributing elements identified in the historic property nomination. Work will focus on modification or removal of vegetation immediately adjacent to the buildings, reducing the canopy cover of mature trees in the general area of the property, reducing the accumulation of dead and down fuels on the forest floor, and mowing grass, forbs, and seedlings growing in the open area around the ranch property. Accumulated woody debris will be piled on site and burned after fuels have dried and weather and fuel conditions limit the chance of fire spread from the debris piles.
Historic Structures Mowing
This annual effort will treat primarily grass and herbaceous fuels in the immediate vicinity of a number of historic properties in Grand Teton National Park. These mechanical treatments are completed primarily with mowers and weed-eaters. Project implementation is in the summer once most grass growth has finished and prior to the fine fuels fully curing for the year. Wildland fire continues to be one of the greatest threats to loss of historic properties in the area.
Fire Effects Monitoring
The Teton Interagency Fire program includes a robust Fire Effects Monitoring element. The Fire Effects Crew visits treatments before implementation and post-treatment. Treatment objectives are designed not only to be effective in changing fire behavior but also measurable in the field post treatment in order to determine success. The crew may establish permanent plots, measure burned area recovery, conduct fuels transects, and/or establish photo points. Post treatment visits are scheduled at regular intervals (1 year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years..) dependent on how the objectives are written.
In 2020 the Fire Effects Crew will visit the following Park projects completed in previous years:
- Sage strips mowing along JH Airport Road; mechanical treatment at Ditch Creek; and mechanical treatments along the base of Shadow Mountain - all 10 years post-treatment
- Matilda prescribed fire, 5 years post-treatment
- Pacific Creek Road mechanical treatment, and Signal Mountain Rd (Lower End unit) mechanical treatment, immediate post-treatment
They will also visit proposed projects and establish pre-treatment plots to measure current conditions and control plots. The crew works across the Teton Interagency Fire area, visiting treatments conducted across the Bridger-Teton National Forest and adjacent lands as well.
For further information regarding fuels management activities in Grand Teton National Park or the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway, please contact Chip Collins, Fire Management Officer at 739-3310; or Bill Mayer, Deputy Fire Management Officer at 739-3313.