2008-2018 strategic plan
What is the purpose of the Foundation's strategic plan?
The plan outlines strategies for building organizational capacity and
programs while maintaining ongoing financial commitments and upcoming projects. Ultimately, the plan guides
the Foundation as it helps Grand Teton National Park go beyond what can be done with appropriated
government funding and accomplish work that would otherwise not be possible. Planning also ensures that the
Foundation will remain a strong partner and a nationally recognized, respected leader among peers.
What are the strategic plan's key points?
Funding enhances interpretation,
education, conservation, and critical research. Although there are many park projects worthy of support, the following are
the heart of the plan:
- Wildlife Initiative: Bighorn sheep, sage grouse, wolf, bear, cougar, and pika research will address habitat and climate
change challenges. Installation of bear-resistant storage containers will continue.
- Maud Noble Cabin Restoration: Preservation work, stabilization, and security will improve the historic cabin and surrounding
structures. Updated exhibits will discuss the philanthropy, partnerships, and the cabin's role in the creation and expansion
of the park.
- Preservation & Interpretation of Mormon Row: Historic Morman Row structures will be stabilized and preserved. A new
self-guided walking path will be incorporated and will use cell phone and podcast technology, traditional waysides, and oral histories
for site interpretation of early 20th century western agricultural homesteading.
- Teton Trails Forever: Heavily used, highly visible trails will be revitalized and interpretive waysides and podcasts will be
incorporated at trailheads. Key trails currently targeted for maintenance include Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, String Lake,
and Bradley and Taggart Lakes. The Foundation's Youth Conservation Program is a precurser to this large-scale effort.
- Teton's Treasures: Consolidation of the park's artifacts, including the David T. Vernon Indian Art Collection, in a year-round facility
will provide 6,000 square feet of state-of-the-art exhibits and conservation storage space. Only half of the collection is currently
on display due to space limitations. Updated interpretation will encompass adult, child and classroom guides, podcasts, audio
guide wands, and digital photo, map, and document archives.
- Park Inholdings: Over one hundred private inholdings are located within park boundaries. The Foundation and the park
will form positive relationships with conservation-minded buyers who will protect these inholdings from future development when they become available.
How will the Foundation grow and implement the strategic plan?
- Continue to refine governance, ensure financial stability, and increase funding. Expand the donor network by building
broad support and maintaining highly qualified leadership.
- Keep the organization mission driven by adhering to strict selection criteria that will
ensure all projects go beyond what the park could accomplish on its own.
- Continue to deliver projects on time and on budget. Continue to exceed donor expectations.
- Widen the Foundation's focus to include younger, underserved, and volunteer audiences to diversify its donor base.
- Reach out to local organizations, national
corporations, and private foundations that share an interest in national parks.