Park staff often lack the skills, expertise and experience required to maintain and assess the condition of rustic historic structures in its vicinity and conduct proper conservation and preservation drives on a timely manner to reduce maintenance backlog.
The Western Center for Historic Preservation (WCHP) is a regional resource preservation center that promotes preservation education and maintenance services to all western national parks and devises strategies and allocates tasks for sustainable and timely maintenance of these sites without any unnecessary delay. WCHP was developed jointly by the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation and partners with government organizations, educational institutes as well as non profits for a common shared goal – rehabilitation and preservation of the historic sites and cultural resources in the Western National parks, which includes the Grand Teton.
WCHP includes an office facility as well as preservation shop in Moose, Wyoming. Currently, the resource center is working on the year round rehabilitation, administration and carpentry of the White Grass Dude Ranch and it has established the premises as a training facility and cultural resource center aimed for seasonal research in the west. Several volunteers work with the WCHP for the preservation of historic sites and locations with a cultural significance in the Grand Teton range. You can also get involved in the cause and extend your support in tasks such as historic research, basic carpentry, roof, masonry and window repair, archiving or photography.