Dear Friend of the National Parks,
The historic seven-mile Moose-Wilson Road Corridor is one of the most wildlife-rich areas in Grand Teton National Park, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and moose. And that means it's also one of the park's most heavily driven areas.
The popularity of the narrow roadway with both visitors and animals can create traffic jams and wildlife management challenges, particularly during the busy summer months.
To address congestion, park staff and outside experts have worked for the last decade to study wildlife use, historic sites, automobile, bicycle, and pedestrian use, and other factors to develop a new management plan for the corridor. Their goal is to protect these world-class resources while allowing visitors to continue to use and enjoy the roadway.
The National Park Service options for the Moose-Wilson Road Corridor have been released and we need your voice! Please join NPCA in supporting “Alternative C,” the preferred plan.
The plan would:
- Better protect grizzly bears, moose, wolves, and other wildlife; decrease the potential for conflict between people and wildlife through outreach to park visitors and road closures when bears are too close to the road;
- Limit Moose-Wilson corridor access to 200 cars at a time during the busiest summer months to reduce traffic. Through park signage and outreach, visitors outside the corridor would know the wait time for access, which is not expected to exceed 15 minutes even during the busiest times of the summer;
- Extend the length of the “Death Canyon” hiking trail by one mile and replace damaging unauthorized vehicle pull-offs with a new parking area;
- Continue to allow winter recreational access to the road, which is closed to vehicles for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing;
- Maintain the current “footprint” of the road with minor changes;
- Reduce the speed limit from 25 to 20 miles per hour, add “share the road” signs, and create bicycle-friendly pavement edges so cyclists can leave the road without incident;
- Continue to study and adjust management in the corridor over time based on new peer-reviewed science.
In addition to the preferred plan, we are encouraging the National Park Service to study and consider transportation options for visitors, such as a small-scale shuttle system.Take Action:
Tell Grand Teton Superintendent David Vela that you support “Alternative C,” the preferred plan.Here’s how to submit your comments to the Park Service.
Go to https://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?documentID=68894
and carefully follow the form instructions.
Step 2: Submit your comments by copying and pasting the sample message below into the web form. Please add any personal observations or stories that support your comments.
Once you have completed all of the required fields on the form, click the gray “submit” button at the bottom of the page.Sample message/commentsDear Superintendent Vela,I am writing regarding the Moose-Wilson Road Corridor planning process at Grand Teton National Park. As a supporter of the National Park System, I believe the Park Service’s preferred plan, “Alternative C”, best protects the Moose-Wilson Road Corridor and request that you choose Alternative C as your approach to future management.Increased vehicle traffic has diminished the visitor experience and is having a negative effect on wildlife that rely on the Moose-Wilson Road Corridor. Please protect wildlife and natural resources as your top priority while adopting a plan that allows visitors to continue to use and enjoy the corridor.The preferred plan for future management of the Moose-Wilson Road Corridor is a step in the right direction, but still more could be done. I encourage the Park Service to complete an analysis of small-scale park transit options that could be utilized in the corridor.Grand Teton is a gift cherished by both the residents of Wyoming and people across the United States, and it is our responsibility to protect these precious resources for all of us and for future generations. Thank you for your good work to protect this special place.Sincerely,[your name here]
Thank you for taking the time to speak up for Grand Teton National Park.
Grand Teton Program Manager