The Bridger-Teton National Forest includes 3.4 million acres of wildlands, wildlife and watersheds in western Wyoming. Making up the southern half of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the BTNF is still home to grizzlies, mountain lions and wolves, and three of the longest-known land mammal wildlife migrations in the lower 48. Spanning the Wind River, Wyoming, Gros Ventre and Teton mountain ranges, the headwaters of the Yellowstone, Snake and Green Rivers all start here.The Forest offers three designated wilderness areas with over 1.3 million acres of primitive unaltered landscape, 3500 miles of summer system trails, 2500 miles of scenic roadways, and endless winter recreation opportunities. For dozens of communities across five counties of Wyoming, the Bridger-Teton is where residents go to gather firewood, walk their dog, fill their freezers, find solitude or adventure, and introduce the next generation to our great outdoors.
With rapidly increasing and diversifying recreation use, debilitating federal budget cuts, and a public land transfer movement still underfoot, it’s never been a more critical time to support our public lands.
The Bridger-Teton National Forest currently lacks the federal resources needed to meet the opportunities and challenges associated with growing recreation and visitor use in the Greater Yellowstone Area. Since 2009 the BTNF has lost nine full-time recreation positions and suffered a 63% decrease in their infrastructure and maintenance budget. This reality can affect our wildlife, our watersheds, and our communities' support for public lands. Many of our National Parks benefit from Associations and Foundations while our National Forests lack similar support systems. Friends of the Bridger-Teton is one of the first non-profit partners dedicated to protecting and promoting an entire National Forest. FBT works to support the Bridger-Teton National Forest by pursuing creative funding solutions, leveraging existing partnerships, and promoting a sense of stewardship through volunteerism and community outreach.
We pursue on-the-ground stewardship projects that enhance the visitor experience and recreational access, wildlife habitat, and watershed health.
We solicit alternative funding sources to support and leverage the capacity of the BTNF and BTNF partners.
We connect local communities through education and outreach and inspire a sense of stewardship through volunteerism, ambassador programs, and memberships.