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 Management Project
The first phase of the Teton to Snake fuels reduction project has began within the Old Teton Pass area. Fuels reduction contractor’s are along the Old Pass Road, Trail Creek trails and Black Canyon Summer home’s area, cutting and stacking forest debris in an effort to minimize the high fire hazards. The purpose of the Teton to Snake Fuels Project is to meet the needs to be a good neighbor, reduce the risk and cost of suppression and associated resource impacts, and meet legal obligations to protect wilderness character within the Palisades Wilderness Study Area by:
Over the next few weeks while contractors are cutting trees in the trail Creek area, visitors and trail users will be traveling at their own risk. Visitors can expect and anticipate crews working with chain saws felling trees and need to be watchful on the hazards near and around the trail areas. Please approach the work zone slowing and cautiously. If you hear chainsaws running, ensure you are not in harm’s way. Try to make visual contact with workers before passing through the work area. Fallen trees and other obstacles could be temporarily across the trail. Maintain high situation awareness to changing conditions and maintain appropriate speed for rapidly changing trail conditions.
For project information, please contact Fire Management Officer-Steve Markason at 307.739.5431
Grand Teton National Park Projects
Proposed project list, subject to change.
- Signal Mountain
Project size: 17 acres
This is the fourth of five 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. Fire crews completed the first three treatments in 2014-16. Prior to that, they last treated fuels in this area in 2000. Some maintenance of this treatment is needed due to new growth, as well as trees affected by 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. While crews are working on the project, expect some delays and road closures along the Signal Mountain Road, which will be closed Mondays-Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., from mid-May through late June, while work progresses along the road. In the fall, a firewood sale will be announced on the GSA auction website.
- Moose Housing and Administration Area
Project size: 25 acres
This is a hazard tree/fuels reduction project within the footprint of the Moose developted area, including park housing and administrative facilities. The treatment will focus on creating defensible space around structures, pruning dead limbs and removing hazard trees. 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 effort to build a new park service wide structure assessment data base, crews will be evaluating structures within the Signal Mountain and Jackson Lake Lodge developed areas. 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.