2019 Refuge Road spring access announced

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National Elk Refuge Manager Brian Glaspell has issued a reminder that the wintering wildlife closure on the Refuge Road will be lifted at 12:00 a.m. on May 1.


April 18, 2019 (NER 19-04)

National Elk Refuge Manager Brian Glaspell has issued a reminder that the wintering wildlife closure on the Refuge Road will be lifted at 12:00 am on May 1, 2019 to coincide with the Bridger-Teton National Forest’s scheduled annual opening. 
 
From December 1 through April 30 each year, a seasonal closure limits public travel on the Refuge Road. During that period, traffic and pedestrian use are only allowed from the Refuge entrance off East Broadway Avenue to the Twin Creek subdivision, or approximately 3½ miles. The closure provides animals protection at a time when their energy reserves are low and abundant new vegetation growth, or green-up, is not yet widely available for foraging. 
 
Interest in May 1 travel on the Refuge Road stems from the public’s legal ability to remove shed antlers from the adjoining National Forest. People visiting or passing through the National Elk Refuge must note it is illegal to take, collect, retrieve, possess, or transport any natural product, including shed antlers, from the Refuge.
 
The entrance at the end of East Broadway Avenue in Jackson is the only legal access onto the Refuge without a special use permit or Refuge hunting or fishing permit. Public access from the north end of the Refuge is not allowed, including travel across the Gros Ventre River. National Elk Refuge access regulations, including those related to overnight parking and use of non-authorized access routes, are posted on the Refuge’s web site at https://go.usa.gov/xmDbp. Printed copies of the regulations are also available at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, located at 532 N. Cache Street in Jackson. 
 
Parking within the Town of Jackson near the entrance of the National Elk Refuge will be extremely limited on April 30. The Jackson Police Department will have additional staff on hand to educate people lining up on streets near the Refuge entrance and relocate them to public parking areas within the Town of Jackson. More information on parking options, restrictions, and enforcement within the Town of Jackson is available by visiting the Town of Jackson web site at http://www.townofjackson.com or calling the Jackson Police Department at (307) 733-1430.
 
To avoid confusion, 12:00 am on May 1 in Refuge outreach information refers to the start of the specified day (00:00 on a 24 hour clock).