Upper Gros Ventre River Ranch

Upper Gros Ventre River Ranch, WyomingPhoto credit: TPL Archive

East of Jackson Hole, Wyoming in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem lies the Gros Ventre Wilderness Area, a generous expanse of wildlands, wildlife, and beauty that draws visitors from around the world. Just north of this Wilderness area sits the Upper Gros Ventre River Ranch, an important corridor for roaming wildlife within the region's ecosystem.

In December 2014, former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl generously donated the 990-acre ranch to The Trust for Public Land, with the help of the Jackson Hole Land Trust. During the summer of 2015, volunteers with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation removed fencing that is dangerous for both migrating animals and outdoorsmen. We are also partnering with Trout Unlimited to assess the headwaters of the Gros Ventre fishery and ensure the landscape will support native Yellowstone cutthroat trout for decades to come and protecting public access for fishing, horseback riding, camping, and hunting as part of the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

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