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Grand Teton National Park Foundation

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Causes: Animals, Children & Youth, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Philanthropy, Public Foundations, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Grants to grand teton national park for the protection, restoration and enhancement of park resources. This contributes to the experience of the 3. 5 million annual visitors.

Programs: Grand teton national park foundation provided funding to grand teton national park for inspiring journeys: a campaign for jenny lake. This restoration campaign will significantly upgrade the south jenny lake visitor complex and trails/bridges to hidden falls and inspiration point, improving hiking surfaces and viewing platforms, introducing interpretive material, and upgrading signage to clarify wayfinding. The project will ultimately create a sustainable outdoor visitor center and trail system that will maintain the historic character of the area, yet improve safety, engage visitors, and aid the park in maintaining this popular destination each year.

grand teton national park foundation provided funding to grand teton national park for the wildlife and natural resource initiative. Funding supported research and protection of a wide variety of park species as well as projects that address threats to habitat. Equipment, such as gps tracking collars, was provided by foundation donors and aided biologists in gathering vital data that was shared across the country and used to inform park, ecosystem, state, and national decisions. Private funding also facilitated the development and implementation of public education programs that focused on wildlife conservation awareness and the implementation of an air quality monitoring station within the park. In addition, foundation funding brought bear-resistant food storage boxes to campsites in the park. These lockers give park visitors a place to safely store food and other items that attract curious, foraging bears. These metal boxes are critical items as they protect park bears from human food and protect park visitors from bears that become aggressive once they associate people with food.

in addition to the jenny lake project and youth and wildlife initiatives outlined earlier, the foundation funded historic preservation work at various buildings on mormon row, one of the most popular cultural sites in grand teton. A bus turnaround, expanded parking, and a bathroom was installed to improve the visitor facilities. Grooming of the inner loop road in grand teton continued as well, providing improved conditions for skiers, snowshoers, and walkers. This greatly benefited the local winter community.

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