Get Involved – Make Your Voice Heard

Please add your voice to the advocacy efforts below. By providing your input, you can join with others who want to make a difference in the People-Powered Movement in Wyoming.  To view past advocacy efforts, please see our archive.


Teton Pass Trail Grant Application

Great News!  Your voices were heard at the Teton County Commissioners meeting where they decided to move forward with submitting the Federal Lands Access Program grant for the Teton Pass Trail.  Thanks to all of you who submitted your comments.  Read more here.

Action alert – Your help is needed:

Please contact Teton County Wyoming Commissioners in support of the Teton Pass Trail grant application.  You can send your comments to them by using the comment form below or by contacting them directly at commissioners@tetonwyo.org.  The form has been pre-filled with recommended comments (see below), but feel free to edit them to reflect your own voice. Please comment ASAP – The decision meeting is Tuesday April 18th. Teton County will decide whether or not to submit a Federal Lands Access Program grant for the Teton Pass Trail.


We need your help to support the Teton Pass Trail, a paved pathway that will connect Wilson Wyoming to Victor Idaho.

The Teton Pass Trail is part of the Greater Yellowstone Trail, a nationally significant regional pathway system underway that is connecting Jackson Hole to West Yellowstone, a remarkable 180-mile pathway system that will create significant economic and public land benefits enhancing communities in three states. Maps and information at: http://www.wyopath.org/our-work/pathways-projects/greater-yellowstone-trail/  

The Teton Pass Trail from Wilson to the Idaho State line is one of the most important segments in the Greater Yellowstone Trail system not yet completed. Already this regional pathway system is providing economic and other benefits, which are projected to increase dramatically with the completion of missing segments such as the portion identified in this grant proposal. A new Teton County Wyoming Project has strong public support and support of cities and public land agencies along the corridor.


Background – What is Proposed:

The Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) is a federal funding opportunity that provides grants to local governments to connect communities to public lands and to improve public access to federal lands. FLAP grants are available for transportation projects – including pathways – that are located on, adjacent to, or provide access to federal lands.    

FLAP grants are distributed state by state. In Wyoming, Teton County secured a prior FLAP grant for Teton Pass, which is being used to design the pathway from state line to Trail Creek Campground, and from there to the top of Teton Pass. The Wyoming FLAP announced a new call for projects, and Teton County Wyoming is considering a second FLAP request of $1.4 million for the next phase of the Teton Pass Trail, to construct a pathway from state line to Trail Creek Campground, including a highway underpass at the Campground.

In Idaho, the City of Victor was recently awarded a $2.1 million Idaho FLAP grant to construct a pathway from Moose Creek to the Wyoming/Idaho state line. This will complete a safe off-highway pathway route all the way from Driggs to Victor to the Wyoming state line. Construction is planned for 2018. In addition, Victor just applied for a second Idaho FLAP grant, which will be used to rebuilt a pathway bridge over Moose Creek, and install an highway underpass at Mike Harris Campground to connect to a new mountain bike trail system being built there.

Project Benefits and Need:

There are great benefits of connecting the pathways systems on both sides of the Tetons. Safety will be enhanced for the thousands of visitors and large groups cycling over Teton Pass each year. A pathway will provide economic benefits to both valleys, enhance the transportation network, and provide recreational access to public lands. It is a valuable investment in the future of the region.

The Teton County Pathways already extend from Wilson to the top of Teton Pass on the east side. Just 6 miles remain to connect the two large pathway systems. The new Teton County project is an important step in the goal of connecting Wilson and Victor, and step towards completing the Greater Yellowstone Trail.


Recommended comments:

Dear Commissioners,

I support the Teton Pass Trail, and request Teton County seek additional federal funds for the next phase of construction.

Connecting Wilson to Victor with a pathway improves public safety, enhances travel and tourism opportunities in Wyoming, and improves access to public lands.

This project builds on 15 years of collaboration between Teton Valley and Jackson Hole to connect Wilson and Victor. Its encouraging that Teton County has completed the pathway from Wilson to the top of the pass, and Victor’s pathway will soon connect to the state line. Just 6 miles remain to connect the communities, and this project focuses on the next logical phase of work.

Please approve a $1.4 million FLAP grant application for the next phase of the Teton Pass Trail, to construct a pathway from state line to Trail Creek Campground, including a highway underpass at the Campground.

Thank you for your consideration,

[your name]

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Please send your comments to the Commissioners by using the form below or by contacting them directly at commissioners@tetonwyo.org.  The form has been pre-filled with suggested comments, but feel free to edit them to reflect your own voice.  Please comment ASAP – The decision meeting is Tuesday April 18th. Teton County will decide whether or not to submit a Federal Lands Access Program grant for the Teton Pass Trail.



Volunteer Trail Work at Pole Mountain

We are currently working on a number of projects, but none that require immediate action, like some of the comment and legislative efforts we have had recently (thanks again to all of you who got involved!).  We are gearing up for a major trail work project at Pole Mountain in the Medicine Bow National Forest, near Laramie.  We are excited about the prospect of improving the trails at Pole Mountain.  

If you have never been there, we highly recommend a visit.  It is a uniquely beautiful area with an extensive trail system that is great for hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners, cross-country skiers and fat bikers.  If you will be in that area in late May and June, we would be happy to have you come out and join in the trail work fun as a volunteer.  If you are interested, please use this form to let us know and we will keep you posted on project details.


 

 

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