Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Jedediah Smith Wilderness

 Amy and Fryxell, Ramel Mountain

"I wanted to be the first to view a country on which the eyes of a white man had never gazed and to follow the course of rivers that run through a new land." - Jedediah Smith

Winter in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness
photo by David Stubbs

Designated as part of the 1984 Wyoming Wilderness Act the 123,451-acre Jedediah Smith Wilderness Area is located on the western slope of the Teton Range between Grand Teton National Park and the Idaho/Wyoming border. With abundant snowfall and a diversity of terrain, the Wilderness is a nationally renowned destination for "primitive and unconfined" winter recreation including backcountry skiing, Nordic skiing, and snowshoeing. 

Winter Recreation Map of the Jedediah Smith Wilderness

In an effort to educate and engage a local constituency in wilderness stewardship of Wyoming’s Jedediah Smith Wilderness, Winter Wildlands Alliance (WWA), a national nonprofit organization working to protect winter ecosystems and to ensure opportunities for backcountry skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and other non-motorized winter activities, and Caribou-Targhee National Forest have developed a unique program titled the Winter Wilderness Stewardship Project.

Mount Glory, Teton Pass

On Saturday September 28, 2013 WWA will be hosting their third annual Day of ActionWith support from CLIF Bar, WWA along with volunteers and the USFS, will be marking wilderness boundaries and placing winter educational kiosk signs at trailheads to create a better backcountry experience for all winter travelers.

Survey Marker
photo by Todd Cedarholm

“The Wyoming Wilderness Act was one of my proudest achievements as a member of Congress.” - Vice President Dick Cheney

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