A continuing partnership with the Town of Jackson
In 2010, the Jackson Hole Land Trust and the Town of Jackson embarked on a multi-year collaboration to protect about 40 acres of the Flat Creek Corridor, in the heart of town. Flat Creek Corridor contains important riparian habitat and crucial mule deer wintering range, and protects community access to the network of trails that criss-cross the northwestern side of Snow King. The Flat Creek Corridor Protection Project is the second project in partnership with the Town of Jackson, following the protection of the adjacent 41-acre Karns Meadow in 2003.
Beloved Trail System
The project area is located at the base of Snow King Mountain and is home to some of its most beloved trails, including Josie’s Ridge and Sink or Swim. These trails are used by mountain bikers, hikers and runners during the summer months and are accessed most readily from Crabtree Lane, Hidden Ranch Lane and Snow King Avenue. The completion of this project will guarantee that these trails will continue to be enjoyed and accessed by the community in perpetuity.
The project expands upon the one mile of Flat Creek protected in 2003 by the Karns Meadow project to protect an additional mile on this important tributary to the Snake River and its native cutthroat trout. The area conserved will help support water quality and flood control improvements in Flat Creek and ensure future opportunities for trout habitat enhancements.
The riparian habitat on the property supports a diverse wildlife population. About half of the property lies within the county’s Natural Resource Overlay (NRO), an indicator of elevated ecological function. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has designated the Flat Creek Corridor project area as Crucial Winter-Yearlong habitat for mule deer and Winter-Yearlong habitat for moose. In addition, an active beaver colony, river otters, red fox, raptors and black bears also inhabit the property.
When the Flat Creek property went on the market, both the Land Trust and the Town knew immediately that protecting it from development was a high priority. To preserve this important property, the Land Trust partnered with the Town of Jackson to acquire it from the private seller in phases spread over a period of four years.