Grand Teton National Park

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Grand Teton National Park wiki is a United States National Park in northwestern Wyoming. Approximately 310,000 acres (130,000 ha) in size, the park includes the major peaks of the 40-mile (64 km) long Teton Range as well as most of the northern sections of the valley known as Jackson Hole. Only 10 miles (16 km) south of Yellowstone National Park, the two parks are connected by the National Park Service managed John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway.

"With a generous donation from Laurance S. Rockefeller, visitors to Grand Teton National Park have access to over 1,100 acres of pristine land located on the shores of Phelps Lake. Now known as the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve, the former JY Ranch property originally had been purchased by philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1932, and served as the Rockefeller family's summer retreat for nearly 70 years. To create the preserve, 30 log buildings and two roads were removed from the property, the land was returned to its natural state, a trail system was created and a visitor center built. Mirroring the vision of its donor, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve opened to the public in June of 2008.

"Park officials, members of the Rockefeller family and 170 guests privately commemorated the gift and the opening of the state-of-the-art, 7,500 square-foot visitor center on June 21, 2008. The Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center is the first platinum-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building to be built in the National Park System. Its green technology includes composting toilets and solar power." [1]

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  1. NPS Laurance Rockefeller Preserve Center, organizational web page, accessed January 1, 2013.