Happy B-Day National Forest Service! 8 things you didn't know about our Bridger-Teton NF

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Did you know? On this day in 1905, President Roosevelt transferred the Forest Reserve System from the General Land Office to the Department of Agriculture, and in 1907 the name Forest Reserve was changed to National Forest. To celebrate the birthday of the National Forest Service, here are 8 things you may not know about the Bridger-Teton National Forest: *1. It's the 3rd Largest in Continental U.S.: *The Bridger-Teton National Forest is the third largest National Forest in the lower Continental United States. The Humbolt Toyiabe (which isn’t contiguous and is spread across the State of Nevada in pockets) is largest at 6.3 million acres; followed by Salmon Challis National Forest, which is 4.3 million acres; and the Bridger-Teton, which is 3.4 million acres. *2. First Ski Resort in WY:* Wyoming’s first ski area was Snow King Mountain in 1939 and it is located on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. *3. 200k People Travel the Snake:* 200,000 people go down the Bridger-Teton National Forest’s Snake River in 3 months (summer months). *4. 3 Rivers Begin:* The headwaters for Green, Yellowstone and Snake rivers all start in Teton County, Wyoming on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. *5. Most Remote Location: *The most remote place in the lower United States is located on the Bridger-Teton National Forest in the Teton Wilderness. It is known as a large swath of land called the Thorofare, and you can’t be further from a road in the Lower 48. *6. Highest Spot in WY:* The highest peak in Wyoming, Mt. Gannet at 13,804 ft is located on the Bridger-Teton NF in the Wind River Range *7. Proud Part of the GYE:* The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) is a loosely defined area characterized by high elevation coniferous forests, sage/grass steppes, mountain ranges and deep valleys, large expanses of wild lands and three wilderness areas, abundant wildlife, and internationally recognized scenic and natural features. The Bridger-Teton makes up the largest area of public land (3.4 million acres) and together with The Shoshone NF, The Caribou-Targhee NF, The National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Gallatin NF, and the Custer national Forest. The GYE is approximately 22 million acres and the largest intact ecosystem in the lower 48. *8. What's in a name?* The lands that make up the Bridger-Teton National Forest have had many names. 1. The roots of the Bridger-Teton National Forest can be traced back to 1891 when we were known as Timber Land Reserves and Forest Reserves, as portions of the *Yellowstone Park Timber Land Reserve* now lie within the boundaries of the Teton Wilderness on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. 2. On February 22, 1897, President Cleveland, by executive order, created the *Teton Forest Reserve* from 829,440 acres of public domain land. This area, which lies south of the original Yellowstone Park Timber Land Reserve, is now part of Grand Teton National Park and the Buffalo Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. 3. In May of 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt added an additional 5 million acres to the Forest Reserve system in northwest Wyoming and southwest Montana. The newly created Yellowstone Forest Reserve was divided into four divisions; and what we now know as the Bridger-Teton National Forest was once called *the Teton Division* which extended south of Yellowstone almost to Kemmerer, and the Wind River Division which encompassed much of the Wind River Mountains. 4. In 1908 President Roosevelt abolished the Yellowstone National Forest with its separate divisions and created the *Teton, Wyoming (now Bridger)*, Absaroka and Beartooth (now Custer), Shoshone, Bonneville (now Caribou), and Targhee National Forests. 5. The Wyoming National Forest was renamed the *Bridger National Forest* in 1941. 6. In 1973, the *Bridger and Teton National Forests* were combined to form a single forest. [image: Inline image 1] *1904 Forest Map.* *h/t Mary Cernicek / Pitchengine Communities* Information and photos provided by Mary Cernicek, public affairs officer for the Bridger-Teton National Forest. *Feature Photo: Bridger-Teton National Forest. h/t Mary Cernicek /