Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park preserves a spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes and extraordinary wildlife. The park is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which includes the remarkable Teton mountain range, magnificent Snake River corridor, and the incredible and diverse wildlife in the Grand Teton and Yellowstone region. Wildlife management issues can be controversial throughout Wyoming. Wildlife management in the park proves to be challenging, with issues including the protection of wolves, managing for disease, and dealing with public pressure and recreation. A pronghorn migration corridor connects through part of the park.
EcoFlight has provided flights for the new bicycle trail system through the park which will hopefully allow a reduction in the number of car trips taken through the park - the Pathways Master Plan. The pathway starts in downtown Jackson and goes into Grand Teton National Park.
Stands of Whitebark Pine in the park have been affected by the mountain pine beetle. Global climate change can mean shorter periods of cold temperatures, giving pine beetles an advantage in forests like this. The Whitebark’s pine seeds are a staple for the grizzly bear’s diet in the fall, and without the shade they provide, snow can melt a lot faster in the spring, affecting water storage and spring runoff. EcoFlight helped do the first aerial inventory of the beetle-infested pine in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
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