The Jackson Hole Land Trust is a private, non-profit organization that was established in 1980 to preserve open space and the critical wildlife habitat, magnificent scenic vistas, and historic ranching heritage of Western Wyoming. By working cooperatively with the owners of the area’s privately owned open lands, the Jackson Hole Land Trust has ensured the permanent protection of over 55,000 acres in and around Jackson Hole and the Greater Yellowstone Area including Fremont and Sublette counties.
Jackson Hole is an extraordinary landscape. From blue ribbon streams and rivers, to open grasslands, and dense pine forests, the Tetons rise more than a mile into the sky and the “real west” makes itself known. Located in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the last intact ecosystem in the lower 48 states, our valley is one of the highest priority conservation areas in the world. Surrounded by national parks and forests in all directions, 3% of Teton County is privately owned. These private lands support critical wildlife habitat and room to roam for a host of iconic wildlife species, and are also home to a growing human landscape.
In 1980, a small group of local residents knew the time had come to protect Jackson Hole. With more and more people embracing the valley, they knew something had to be done to safeguard the open lands for the future – a future that included summer haystacks, sweeping views, and healthy habitat for wildlife. These early leaders established the Jackson Hole Land Trust, replicating the best practices of land trusts across the country and joining forces with one of the most successful conservation movements in American history.
From our genesis and over the past 35 years, the Land Trust has succeeded because of community leadership, involvement, and action. Although the Jackson Hole Land Trust continues to evolve, as does the valley in which we work, our commitment to our mission and the stewardship of our protected properties remains steadfast.
In 2007, we expanded our program area to include Western Wyoming landscapes, recognizing the ecological connectivity within the Greater Yellowstone Area as a whole, and created the Wind River Program of the Jackson Hole Land Trust, based in Dubois, WY. In 2009, we gained accreditation through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, which recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. From 2010 to 2013, we operated under the guidance of a 5-year strategic plan, which identified the importance of protecting open space for community access in addition to our traditional mission-based values. In 2013, we embarked upon a second 5-year strategic plan after completing the goals of the previous plan.
The Jackson Hole Land Trust is a private nonprofit that was established in 1980. We work to preserve open space and the scenic, ranching and wildlife values of Jackson Hole and Western Wyoming landscapes by assisting landowners who wish to protect their land in perpetuity.