Important Bird Areas

Grand Teton National Park

Wyoming

Ornithological Summary

GTNP recorded the species listed above from surveys conducted from 1989- 1999. The park has a mix of nine different habitat types, supporting hundreds of migrating and breeding landbirds, waterfowl, and raptor species. Specifically, the park contains nesting habitat and territories of Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Trumpeter Swan, Northern Sage-grouse, and Harlequin Ducks.

Conservation Issues

GTNP has approximately 3 million visitors each year. Therefore recreation is probably the biggest threat to all sensitive birds, therefore managing for the least impact of recreation to sensitive birds is constant. Other projects (i.e. fuel reduction, road improvements, etc.) are analyzed on a case by case basis.

Ownership

Grand Teton National Park is federally owned and managed by the National Park Service.
In 2005, Grand Teton National Park will begin preparing for the multi-year process of creating a new General Management Plan (GMP) for Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. This project will focus on the mission of the units and create a vision of future desired conditions regarding resource preservation, opportunities for visitor use, facilities and operations, and coordination with partners. It will provide the framework for park management decisions for the next 15-20 years. Public scoping/workshops are tentatively scheduled to begin FY2006.

Habitat

While the Teton Range dominates the landscape, it is the interplay of mountains, faults, glaciers, forests, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and geologic features that create the overal grandeur of Grand Teton National Park. Taken individually, each feature is fascinating and worthy of protection, but when combined as they are in Grand Teton, they create a mosaic that is inspiring beyond compare.

Land Use

Grand Teton National Park General Management Plan (GMP)
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
In 2005, Grand Teton National Park will begin preparing for the multi-year process of creating a new General Management Plan (GMP) for Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. This project will focus on the mission of the units and create a vision of future desired conditions regarding resource preservation, opportunities for visitor use, facilities and operations, and coordination with partners. It will provide the framework for park management decisions for the next 15-20 years. Public scoping/workshops are tentatively scheduled to begin FY2006.