Teton Creek Corridor Project

FTR has invested over a decade of work and $3 million dollars to research, restore, protect, and improve fish habitat, stream flows, water quality and riparian health in the Teton Creek Corridor. In 2016, we were excited to announce our partnership in the Teton Creek Corridor Project—a collaborative effort of FTR, the Teton Regional Land Trust, Teton Valley Trails and Pathways, and Valley Advocates for Responsible Development  to protect and improve key fish and wildlife habitat, while providing a safe 2.5 mile pathway adjacent to protected/restored areas. As a project partner, FTR has been able to ensure the goals of the project align with our goals as an organization. We have also been able to leverage partner support to secure more funding for FTR’s ongoing work on Teton Creek including Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout research, stream flow restoration, and habitat restoration.

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Teton Creek is the most ecologically significant tributary in the upper Teton watershed.  It has also been the most heavily impacted, and it a major conservation and restoration priority.  FTR currently has $500,000 in state, federal and private funds for upcoming projects that restore healthy stream function, channel stability, water quality, riparian habitat and connectivity of the Teton Creek corridor.

While FTR’s involvement in this project  is focused on improving stream function and fish and wildlife habitat, this project is meant to be an asset for everyone in Teton Valley.  This project establishes a new 2.5-mile paved pathway from the Cemetery Road to Stateline Road along the Teton Creek corridor for non-motorized use.  The pathway will be subject to a winter seasonal closure to protect critical winter range for big game species.  The pathway will create a safe, family-friendly recreational opportunity easily accessible from downtown Driggs, connecting families to nature and providing economic benefits for the entire community.

This project has relied on the joint efforts of will landowners and various community organizations, including Friends of the Teton River, Teton Valley Trails and Pathways, Teton Regional Land Trust, Valley Advocated for Responsible development, Teton County, the City of Driggs, the Community Foundation of Teton Valley, American Rivers, and the LOR Foundation.

 

www.tetoncreekcorridor.org

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