On December 5, 2016, NPS Intermountain Regional Director Sue Masica announced the approval of a Record of Decision for Grand Teton National Park’s Moose-Wilson Corridor Final Comprehensive Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (Final Plan/EIS). The Record of Decision marks the completion of the planning phase of the project, which began in December 2013 and will be implemented beginning in the spring of 2017. The press release for the decision can be viewed at: https://www.nps.gov/grte/learn/news/moose-wilson-corridor-record-of-decision-approved.htm
The NPS preferred alternative, which proposed a cautious approach to managing the corridor that would protect wildlife and important wildlife habitat was surprisingly controversial. State and local officials, as well as local stakeholders with resort interests, lobbied strongly for the NPS to develop increased infrastructure along the corridor, including a paved bike trail separate from the road, in order to facilitate higher levels of recreational use in the area, even though such use would clearly adversely impact wildlife, such as grizzly bears, that use the habitat along the corridor.
The Coalition and other park advocacy and conservation groups strongly supported the NPS preferred alternative. Our advocacy work included submitting written comments during each phase of the planning process. We congratulate Grand Teton National Park staff and the NPS in making the right decision now that will ensure the long-term protection of wildlife at along the Moose-Wilson corridor and leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of both current and future generations. Well done!