Friday, August 30, 2002
Charging through the Centennial Mountains
Team North will be driving and hiking through the Targhee National Forest in Idaho today, pushing through the Centennial Mountains towards Yellowstone National Park.
The Centennials, which form part of the Continental Divide, are a scenic mountain range with high mountain meadows scattered through spruce/fir and Douglas-fir forests. At lower elevations sagebrush/grasslands grade into Douglas-fir and lodgepole pine forests. The major travel corridors are Highways 20 and 87, and a portion of Interstate 15. The Yale-Kilgore road is a secondary travel route connecting Island Park to Kilgore and Dubois. In the northeast portion of the subsection is Henry's Lake, a world renowned fishery. The western part is the Red Conglomerate range, home to at least one endemic sensitive plant species. The entire area is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the largest intact biomes in the world, and a designated biosphere reserve.