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Our Mission & Vision

Friends of the Bridger-Teton works to ensure everyone can enjoy the diversity and wealth of resources on the fifth largest national forest in the U.S. now and into the future.

Our Mission & Vision

Our History

The idea for a nonprofit organization that existed to support the Bridger-Teton National Forest was talked about as early as the 1980s. There were locals who wanted to help their favorite national forest by making donations. But it’s not possible to donate money to the U.S. federal government. Friends of the Bridger-Teton was officially founded in 2018. Since then, we’ve used grants and donations—both monetary and in-kind like bear-proof trash cans—to support the BTNF and help promote responsible recreation on it so that we can all enjoy the forest’s diversity and wealth of resources now and into the future.

 

Infinite Opportunities for Exploration

The 3.4 million acres of the BTNF cross five counties and are managed by six ranger districts. The BTNF is the single largest mass of public land within the 15-million acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, itself the largest intact ecosystem in the Lower 48.

Videos de habilidades del senderismo

Estos videos explicá ¿cómo prevenir accidentes? ¿Cómo dejar un lugar mejor de como lo encontraste? ¿Qué encargar para una caminata? ¿Y cómo protegerse de y cohabitar con osos?

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Happenings with Friends

BFFs of the BTNF

BFFs of the BTNF print campaign launches in local publications

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FBT’s new radio station: 1710 AM

  In July, FBT launched a new radio station with tips on how to recreate responsibly on the BTNF, and it’s getting a boost from Indiana Jones. Turn the AM...

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August 2023 Newsletter

  There’s a lot going on during the busiest month on the BTNF. Trailheads and campgrounds are crowded and our Ambassadors are busy educating forest users about responsible recreation and...

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Early Summer 2023

Hello Friends, Summer has finally arrived in Wyoming and I could not be happier! So much has happened over the last few months in the life of Friends of the...

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Blackrock Field Camp

Since its founding in 2016, Blackrock Field Camp has helped several hundred campers from the Wind River Reservation develop and deepen their awareness of their ancestral and/or public lands; connect...

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The Wyoming Range National Recreation Trail

The Wyoming Range National Recreation Trail (WRNRT) is a 75-mile-long trail spanning the crest of the Wyoming Range and connecting several of the BTNF’s six districts. It passes through the...

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Wildlife Ambassador Spotlight

“The dedication and hours put in by our Wildlife Ambassadors is a demonstration of the caliber of help we are fortunate to receive. Our ambassadors are able to maintain their...

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Friends of the Bridger-Teton Awarded Major Grants

In 2022, the Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board (JHTTB) awarded its largest amount of funding to a single project to date to Friends of the Bridger-Teton. The $1 million...

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Joy of Exploring

Finding your own beautiful places—rather than rely on social media—benefits your brain, the landscape and local wildlife.   “My thinking changes when I step off the trail. I become more...

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When You Have to Eat All Day – Hyperphagia

Fall is the season when bears enter hyperphagia, a state in which they’re constantly in search of food and are more likely to come into human-occupied areas. You can help...

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Partners

It takes a community to protect an ecosystem.

Friends couldn’t do the work it does without the help and support of dozens of partner organizations and businesses. Each of these partners has committed to stewarding our public lands.

A huge thank you to all of our partners.

Interested in being a partner of Friends?

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@bridgertetonfriends We know no two snowflakes are alike and this macro photography by @alexey_kljatov shows just how different they can be. #snowflakes #publicland #bridgertetonfriends #thenaturalworldisamazing #snow Meta Dittmer, education program coordinator at our partner @tetonweedpest is a BFF of the BTNF by teaching people about the impact of invasive species, and by sharing how to #stopthespread || Read more in this week's @jhnewsandguide #bffofthebtnf #bridgertetonfriends #btnfbff #beabffofthebtnf #recreateresponsibly #bridgertetonnationalforest #starvalleywyoming #jacksonhole We loved this post from @americanhiking so much we had to share. Wee appreciate all of the Poop Fairies out there helping to leave trails on the BTNF better than they found them. 💩 And, a moment for an important reminder: If you're on the trail with a pet (Can we say hi? 🐾) *please* practice Leave No Trace ethics and clean up your pet's waste. Sometimes, waste bags are available at trailheads, but it's best not to rely on those being there, so be sure to pack your own bags before heading out for your hike. Why is it so important to clean up your pet's waste? Dog waste contains fecal coliform bacteria, which can cause disease and pollution. Dogs can also carry salmonella and giardia. Since your pet can't bag their waste themselves, do your part for the trail, other trail users, the environment, and wildlife in the area by picking up your pet's waste and giving the Poop Fairy the day off. #bridgertetonnationalforest #bridgertetonfriends #bffofthebtnf #AmericanHikingSociety #AmericanHiking #TrailChat #HikeLife #PoopFairy #HikingWithPets #HikingWithDogs #HikingPets #HikingTips #Hiking101 #LeaveItBetter #LeaveNoTrace Our fundraiser, National Forest Creations Art Auction Party, is coming up fast—2/29. At the Sublette County Library, the event features 17 wood "cookies"—each cut from a 138-year old tree from the Pinedale Ranger District—that local and regional artists turned into artistic creations that are available to purchase via live and online bidding. || Learn more at: https://www.btfriends.org/events/national-forest-creations-show-silent-auction || Will we see you there? #supportpubliclands #bridgertetonnationalforest #sublettecountylibrary #bffofthebtnf #bridgertetonfriends #artistsforpubliclands We love our Nordic Ambassadors and cannot thank them enough for all they do to help keep the BTNF amazing. #bffofthebtnf #ambassadorsforresponsiblerecreation #btnf #bridgertetonfriends #publiclands #volunteers #bridgertetonnationalforest #responsiblerecreation #thursdaythanks

We acknowledge with respect that our facilities are situated on the aboriginal land of the Shoshone Bannock. Eastern Shoshone. Northern Arapaho. Crow. Assiniboine. Sioux. Gros Ventre. Nez Perce.

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