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March eNewsletter Features
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Grand Teton and Gateway Communities -- New numbers show economic advantage
Wildlife Whereabouts -- Spring updates on bears in Grand Teton from senior biologist Steve Cain
Local Restaurant Group Supports GTNPF -- April 16th-22nd, choose Fine Dining restaurants! 
In the Spotlight -- Clif Bar Family Foundation
Grand Teton Trivia -- Tidbits of interest about our favorite national park
Discover Grand Teton Online -- A dynamic website focused on Grand Teton  


Recent report shows Grand Teton's boost to local economy:
 A new National Park Service report for 2011 shows that nearly 2.6 million visitors to the park spent over $436 million in surrounding gateway communities.  That spending, in turn, supported 6,397 jobs in the northwestern Wyoming communities of Jackson, Teton Village, and Dubois, as well as the nearby Idaho communities of Driggs and Victor.

The information on Grand Teton National Park is part of a peer-reviewed spending analysis of national park visitors across the country conducted by Michigan State University for the NPS.  For further details and access to the report itself, read the park's official release here.

Bear tracks have been spotted in the snow, signifying that some bears are out and about after spending the winter in hibernation. Here is an update on a few of
Grand Teton's most famous bears!
  • Grizzly bear 610 should emerge with her 2 year old cubs.  These cubs will likely be weaned during spring or early summer as 610 comes into estrus and begins another reproductive cycle.  
  • Grizzly bear 399 could emerge with another batch of cubs this spring.  She weaned her yearling cubs a year earlier than normal in 2012, which means she could have come into estrus and started a new reproductive cycle.
  • Bears with cubs of the year are usually the last ones to emerge from their dens.
  • Adult male bears are the first out of their dens.
  • Long term data from the greater Yellowstone ecosystem shows that by mid March 50% of adult males have emerged from dens.
    This photograph was taken by Foundation friend Jerry Herman in 2011.
It's a great time for everyone to brush up on bear awareness and safety measures.    
Learn about the Foundation-funded Wildlife and Natural Resource Initiative and the crucial research of black and grizzly bears, wolves, and cougars it enables. 


-- help make it a success!

GTNPF has been selected as a beneficiary in Fine Dining Restaurant Group's upcoming off-season special!  This spring in Jackson (from April 9th to June 3rd), all Fine Dining restaurants will offer a "buy one entrée, get a second entrée for $2" deal.  All proceeds from $2 entrées will benefit local non-profits, and from April 16 to April 22, they go to Grand Teton National Park Foundation!   


Support our work to enhance and protect the park by dining at any of the  

Fine Dining restaurants during the "GTNPF week" in April.   



Rendezvous Bistro . Q Roadhouse . Bin 22 . Il Villagio Osteria . The Kitchen  



After a few hours of hard hiking, take one bite of a CLIF Bar and you'll quickly recognize it came from a company that's onto something good. For starters, they've been providing outdoor adventurers with wholesome, energizing snacks for over 20 years. But beyond the iconic CLIF Bar found in daypacks across the country, this northern California-based company boasts a long list of innovative practices that leave no doubt about its passion for the natural world. 


Clif Bar & Company was founded in 1992 by Gary Erickson, a baker by trade whose idea for the original CLIF Bar was born on the back of a road bike. He named the bar after his father, Clifford, who introduced him to wilderness adventuring. Now co-owner of the company with his wife, Kit Crawford, Gary continues to promote a connection to the outdoors and a sense of adventure as core company values. A new benefit in 2013 encourages Clif employees to visit national and state parks by reimbursing the cost of annual park passes. Clif Bar's Emeryville, California, headquarters is LEED Platinum certified, the highest "green" rating a building can earn, and with a nod to consumer and farm community health, the company purchases 70 percent of all ingredients from organic farmers.


In 2006, Gary and Kit extended their vision for the company with the founding of Clif Bar Family Foundation. The Foundation provides grant funding to innovative small and mid-sized groups working to strengthen our communities and public health and to safeguard our environment and natural resources. In 2011 and 2012, Clif Bar's support for GTNPF provided critical funding for youth programs in Grand Teton, helping to introduce hundreds of teens to the wonder of our national parks. "Exposing young people to parks, wilderness and the outdoors plays a key role in inspiring the next generation to preserve and protect our natural resources," says Thao Pham, executive director of the Clif Bar Family Foundation. "We're very pleased to support youth programming initiatives like those in Grand Teton National Park."


Driven by staff-members, consumers, and Clif Bar sponsored athletes that embrace outdoor lifestyles, Clif Bar & Company and Clif Bar Family Foundation continue to show an admirable sense of responsibility for environmental causes.  We at GTNPF are delighted to share in the successes of their commitment through youth programming in Grand Teton National Park.

      Stay up-to-date on more of our partners' great contributions and involvements!   

Now you can find and follow our corporate supporters in a central location on Twitter.    

Check out our new list of Foundation Supporters here!


How did there come to be an airport inside Grand Teton National Park?

Jackson had a small runway in the 1930s, but a larger airport was needed to attract commercial flights.  In 1940 the town applied for a permit from the Interior Department and the Snake River Land Company.  Controversy over the best location for an airport delayed the project for a few years.  According to local lore, a group of men finally commandeered heavy equipment belonging to the county and scraped out a runway at the airport's present location.  A lease for this site was eventually secured, and in 1946 commercial air service was launched.  Today the airport operates under a lease from the National Park Service.

*Source: Grand Teton Trivia, Charlie Craighead  


The Foundation is proud to have funded Discover Grand Teton, an interactive educational website with resources to engage park-lovers of all ages.


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