Ambassadors for Responsible Recreation Expansion

FUNDING STATUS
Location Name: Bridger-Teton National Forest
Nearest Town/City, State: Sublette and Lincoln Counties, Wyoming
Project Partners: Friends of the Bridger-Teton, USDA Forest Service
GIVE TO THIS PROJECT
Minimum donation is $10
  • $100,058.99 of $200,000.00
  • 50.03% funded
Item Charge
Donation $NONE
Fees ( 4% ) $NONE
Total $No Charge
 
All funding donated will be dedicated 100% to go toward the project costs. For example, we directly pay a portion of a project’s costs such as campfire rings, picnic tables, or the fees to engage a Conservation Youth Corps.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

With public lands serving as a sanctuary of solace more now than ever, this project’s goal is to increase educational awareness about human impacts on the environment, specifically in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. In May 2022, Friends of the Bridger-Teton secured 1 million dollars in funding to expand our Ambassadors for Responsible Recreation program. This lodging-tax shift emphasizes sustainable tourism and has focused efforts in Teton County. This fundraiser with The Great Outdoors Fund is pivotal to ensure we have forest-wide ambassador representation in Sublette and Lincoln counties.

WHY IT MATTERS

Ambassadors for Responsible Recreation (ARR) is a self-reinforcing initiative that aims to:
a) reach visitors where they are, both in terms of physical location & level of outdoor experience and
b) mitigate the negative impacts of increased use on the National Forest with volunteer ambassadors deployed at the Forest’s heaviest impacted sites

Ambassadors are a highly effective means to modify visitor behavior while also making users feel welcome. The face-to-face interactions that ambassadors provide are essential, especially when accompanied with strong educational & outreach components. By creating an approachable and safe space to learn, visitors can become good stewards of public lands.

TYPE(S) OF RECREATION

  • Camping
  • Dispersed Camping
  • Developed Camping
  • RV Camping
  • Biking
  • Mountain
  • Touring
  • Fat Tire
  • BMX
  • Flowriding/Downhill
  • Off Highway Vehicles
  • E-bikes
  • Motorcycles
  • Water Sports
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • River Floating
  • Winter Sports
  • Snowmobiling
  • Dog Sledding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Shooting Sports
  • Hunting
  • Recreational Shooting
  • Other
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Climbing
  • Geocaching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Skateboarding
  • Archery
  • Auto Touring/Driving Tours
  • Gold Panning/Rock Hounding
  • Nature Watching/Wildlife Viewing