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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.

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Happenings with Friends

BFFs of the BTNF

Starting in June, our “BFFs of the BTNF” campaign has appeared three times a week in the Jackson Hole Daily and the weekly Jackson Hole News&Guide. This ongoing campaign features...

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1710 AM

1710 AM includes tips on how to recreate responsibly on the BTNF.  

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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


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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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Our Staff

Our Board


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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Founding Members

Founding Members are individuals or households that pledge a gift of $1,000 or more annually to ensure the sustainable future of our organization and the lands we protect.

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  • Laney Hicks
  • Ellen Raisbeck
  • Jim Miller
  • Cynthia Hogan
  • Susan Marsh
  • Ray White
  • Greg Greenhoe
  • Luther Propst
  • Joshua Vorwaller
  • Joshua Vorwaller
  • Mandie Bellorado
  • Anne Moran
  • Raymond White
  • Levon Nishkian
  • Tom Jacobson
  • Beth Burrough
  • Jennifer Durning
  • Paul Torrence
  • Luther Propst & Liz Storer
  • Linda & Mike Merigliano
  • Ellen Fales & Randy Roberts
  • Craig & Shelly Vorwaller
  • Tory & Meredith Taylor
  • Karen Jerger & Chuck Harris
  • Anne & Michael Moran
  • Steve Markason & Elizabeth Drapela
  • Andy & Kichan Olpin
  • Tom & Liz Jacobson
  • Jeff & Chris Willemain
  • Stacey & Steve Bourque
  • Geoff & Jennifer Tennican
  • Hicks Household
  • Todd & Claire Conklin
  • Len Carlman
  • Paul Torrence
  • Jon Berman
  • Karen Daubert
  • Chris and David Ricks
  • Larry Green
  • Rod Dykehouse
  • David Walters
  • Meredith Taylor
  • Ron Stifler
  • Steven Markason
  • Hans Sack
  • David Ricks
  • Caryll Mingst

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

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