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Our Timeline

1980
A small group of local residents concerned about the future of Jackson Hole’s open spaces forms a steering committee. The group meets with all major landowners in the valley and learns how to apply for tax-exempt status, incorporate themselves, select a board of directors, and apply for grants from foundations and corporations. Later that year, the Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) is formed.

1981
JHLT receives its first easement donation
1 property | 40 acres

1982
Jean Hocker is named the first Executive Director of JHLT
1 property| 171 acres
3 properties transferred from The Nature Conservancy to JHLT | 468 acres

1983
4 properties | 1843 acres

1984
JHLT hosts first community-wide annual picnic at the Jenkins Ranch
4 properties | 478 acres

1985
2 properties | 651 acres

1986
JHLT establishes Conservation Buyer Program
6 properties | 931 acres

1987
4 properties | 269 acres

1988
7 properties | 435 acres
1 property transferred from JHLT  to Teton County | 5 acres

1989
5 properties | 315 acres

1990
3 properties | 199 acres

1991
2 fee properties purchased | 705 acres
1 property transferred from JHLT  to U.S. Forest Service | 80 acres

1992
JHLT receives national award for the protection of Hatchet Ranch
3 properties | 51 acres

1993
5 properties | 826 acres

1994
JHLT begins summer field trip program
2 properties | 327 acres

1995
4 properties | 1273 acres
1 fee property purchased | 70 acres

1996
1 property | 40 acres

1997
7 properties | 803 acres
1 fee property purchased | 37 acres

1998
9 properties | 1236 acres
1 fee property purchased | 35 acres

1999
6 properties | 773 acres

2000
12 properties | 1397 acres

2001
JHLT launches Campaign for Our Valley
13 properties | 1099 acres
3 properties transferred from JHLT to Green River Valley Land Trust (Wyoming Land Trust)

2002
11 properties | 1299 acres
1 property transferred from Teton County to JHLT | 624 acres
1 property transferred from JHLT to Green River Valley Land Trust (Wyoming Land Trust)

2003
6 properties | 731 acres

2004
10 properties | 768 acres

2005
Laurie Andrews named as Executive Director
JHLT celebrates 25th anniversary
7 properties | 450 acres

2006
8 properties | 929 acres
1 property transferred to JHLT from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation | 31 acres

2007
JHLT launches Wind River Program based in Dubois, WY
11 properties | 2627 acres

2008
JHLT completes Campaign for Our Valley – raising $25.5 million
4 properties | 86 acres
1 property conveyed to Teton County School District No. 1 | 2 acres
1 property transferred to JHLT from Teton County | 13 acres

2009
JHLT is accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission
5 properties | 620 acres
6 properties transferred to JHLT from Teton County | 250 acres

2010
JHLT celebrates 30th anniversary
JHLT launches 5-year Strategic Plan (2010 – 2015)
5 properties | 1023 acres

2011
3 properties | 61 acres

2012
6 properties | 438 acres
JHLT launches the Forever Our Valley Capital Campaign

2013
4 properties | 298 acres
JHLT launches new 5-year Strategic Plan (2013 – 2018)
1 property transferred from JHLT to U.S. Forest Service | 37 acres

2014
8 properties | 562 acres including one easement held by the Wyoming Game & Fish Department
2 properties transferred from the Teton County Scenic Preserve Trust and the Green River Valley Land Trust to JHLT | 496 acres

2015
JHLT celebrates 35th anniversary
3 properties | 388 acres

2016
JHLT unites with the Green River Valley Land Trust to launch the Green River Valley Program of JHLT