National Parks Conservation Association Says New Funding for Grand Teton Pathways Will Benefit Community, Visitors

 
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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   December 28, 2007
Contact:   Sharon Mader, Grand Teton Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association, P: 307-690-5245 (cell)


National Parks Conservation Association Says New Funding for Grand Teton Pathways Will Benefit Community, Visitors

 JACKSON, WYO. - The nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) today praised Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) for his success in securing $1.75 million for multi-use pathways in Grand Teton National Park. The funding was contained in an omnibus spending bill that President Bush yesterday signed into law.

“Sen. Barrasso’s efforts on behalf of Wyoming will literally pave the way for a model pathways system that will enhance safety for bikers and pedestrians. In securing funding for the park pathway, Sen. Barrasso has helped to fulfill an important vision of the late Sen. Craig Thomas,” said NPCA Grand Teton Program Manager Sharon Mader.

Grand Teton National Park has developed a visionary multi-use pathways system that, when complete, will benefit the local community and visitors by offering a safe experience for hikers, bikers, and families for generations to come. The system, which could serve as a model within the park system, will entice visitors to park their cars, helping to reduce traffic congestion and emissions, and ultimately leading to a richer park experience.

The $1.75 million will support the initial construction phases of the pathways system.

Over the duration of the construction, NPCA will work to ensure that the Grand Teton pathway is constructed in an environmentally sensitive manner, taking into consideration impacts to wildlife and habitat within the park.

“There is more to do, but with Sen. Barrasso’s continued support, this achievement in planning can soon be a reality. Like many, we look forward to a grand groundbreaking ceremony this spring,” Mader added.

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