Teton Canyon fuels reduction

Caribou-Targhee National Forest-contracted crews will start clearing trees and piling brush next week within the area outlined in this map.  

U.S. Forest Service contractors will start thinning out trees along a popular canyon running up the west slope of the Tetons.

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest has announced a start date of Aug. 19 for the Teton Canyon Hazardous

Fuels Reduction Project. The project is intended to create a buffer along the forest boundary near Teton Creek, with the goal of keeping wildfires in the forest and away from private residences.

“Fuels work allows us to improve ecological conditions in a safe manner,” Teton Basin District Ranger Jay Pence said in a statement. “The Teton Canyon project removes high density fuels in the area, which will ultimately reduce the intensity of wildfire should one ignite near private residences.”

Vegetation removed by crews will be piled and burned the following year, after the trunks and branches have cured.

Crews will work along the Sheep Bridge Trail from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily for several weeks. The trail will be closed during those hours. For information, call the Caribou-Targhee’s Teton Basin Ranger District office at 208-354-2312.

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or env@jhnewsandguide.com.

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them for 7 years. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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