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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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Our Staff

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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 Be a #bffofthebtnf and help the Star Valley Ranch Trail Crew doing some trail work this week. Email to sign up or learn more. #BTNF wildlife technician Jackie Arnal is a BFF of the BTNF by monitoring threatened and sensitive wildlife species and, when recreating on the forest, making sure to store food properly to help keep bears wild. #bridgertetonnationalforest #bridgertetonfriends #bffofthebtnf #beabffofthebtnf #publiclands #nationalforest #nationalforests #btnfvolunteer #starvalley #starvalleyranches #responsiblerecreation #btnftrailwork @alltrails Originally built in 1998, the CCC Ponds Trail bridge in the Pinedale District of the BTNF is part of an ADA/ABA accessible interpretive trail system adjacent to the historic 1930s Fremont Lake CCC Camp. This past winter, the Pinedale District helped replace the old bridge, which had fallen into disrepair. This project was funded by the Great American Outdoor Act (GYOA). #bridgertetonnationalforest #btnfpinedaledistrict #bridgertetonfriends #sublettecounty #pinedalewyoming #wyominghiking #recreateresponsibly #greatamericanoutdoorsart #GAOA #backcountrybridges #publiclands #wyomingwilderness #nationalforest #nationalforests What are you most looking forward to doing on the BTNF this summer? #bridgertetonnationalforest #bridgertetonfriends #wyomingwildlands #nationalforest #publiclands #nationalforests #wyomingsummer #wyomingwilderness #btnf #bffofthebtnf #sublettecounty #pinedalewyoming Diana Miller is a Best Friend of the BTNF because of the opportunities it provides—recreational, adventure, to spend time with friends, to spend time alone.... Read more in this week's @jhnewsandguide. #bridgertetonnationalforest #bridgertetonfriends #bffofthebtnf #btnfbff #beabffofthebtnf #publiclands #nationalforests #responsiblerecreation #wyominggameandfish #wygf #getoutside #wyomingrecreation #wyominghorses #wyomingfishing National Pollinator Week is June 17–23. The BT West Zone Wildlife Program and Botany Program are excited to install two native plant pollinator gardens on our forest: one at the SO/Jackson Ranger District office and a second at the Greys River Ranger District office in Afton. The BTNF will be replacing part of the lawn at the Greys River office and the nonnative plants at the Jackson office with native plants that are friendly to native pollinators, incorporating sustainable xeriscaping elements. Native plant gardens require less maintenance and water than nonnative gardens and lawns since they are adapted to the local climate. These gardens will also serve as an educational opportunity for visitors. The Greys River garden will be installed on Thursday, June 20th and the Jackson garden on Friday, June 21st. Anybody is welcome to come help the BTNF with this project! They're looking for up to 30 volunteers per day. Those who are unable to volunteer on these days are still welcome to help with future maintenance of the gardens, please reach out for more information. Each day will have two sessions: 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. Volunteers are welcome to work for one or both sessions. Please arrive by 9:30 for the morning session or 12:45 for the afternoon session for a short briefing It is recommended you wear long sleeves, pants, a hat, and boots/shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring water, snacks, and a lunch. If you have any gardening tools and gloves that the BTNF can use for the day, please bring those too—shovels, rakes, hoes, hand trowels, wheelbarrows, etc. RSVP to Julie,, or Taelyn, #nativegarden #bridgertetonnationalforest #bridgertetonfriends #pollinatorgarden #wyomingwildlife #bffofthebtnf #beabffofthebtnf #btnf #btnfvolunteer #publiclands

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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