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Not only does Jackson Hole have a huge variety of wildlife, but it has a variety of plant life as well.  Jackson Hole is not the name of the town (Jackson is), but of the entire valley that runs between the Grand Teton Range of mountains and the Gros Ventre range of mountains.  The trees that you will observe on a Dave Hansen Whitewater or Snake River Park river trip are certainly different than those that wou will see while hiking at higher elevations.  Deciduous trees that prefer to grow in an aquatic habitat include Aspens, Cottonwoods, Willows, and many others.  The cottonwood trees are spectacular to look at year round, flowering in the spring and turning yellow and orange in the fall.  Cottonwood trees are also a favorite nesting site of the American Bald Eagle. You would never guess by looking, but aspen trees are one of the world’s largest living organisms, because an aspen grove all comes from the same root system.  When you float the Canyon section, you will get to see how a forest fire can affect the trees of the area, and see how forests can regenerate after a large fire.  Learn about the devastating effects of the pine bark beetle on the lodgepole pines and other deciduous trees.  Breathe in the fresh mountain air created by these trees as you take in their majestic beauty from the river.