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Notes From the Field: Looking Forward to Monitoring Season

Longer days, melting snow, and singing birds are all signaling that summer is once again making its way to Jackson Hole, and that means the Jackson Hole Land Trust stewardship team is busy preparing for our annual conservation easement monitoring visits.

The stewardship team feels fortunate to be able to work with conservation landowners that are proactive about setting up monitoring visits each year – a logistical puzzle as we seek to make it out to well over 200 conservation easements in the course of a summer season. Annual monitoring visits provide us with an incredible opportunity to walk conservation easement properties with landowners and ranch managers and learn of any natural or man-made changes that may have occurred over the course of the year. We enjoy getting to see familiar and new faces alike, and visiting properties great and small, near and far. At each property, stewardship staff work to document as much of the protected property as possible, as we are bound by our mission and accreditation to do in order to safeguard the long-term conservation values of each property.

Summer in Jackson Hole is a very busy and incredibly short season that does not always leave much time to get things done out on the land. It’s also the time of year when many landowners may have requests regarding work to be done on conservation easement protected properties. This year, in the interest of making this process as convenient and timely as possible, we’ve created a new landowner request form that takes the guesswork out of the request process and will help streamline our response time. You can find this request form on our website at:

We consider ourselves very fortunate to be a part of such an amazing conservation effort, one that the whole community takes part in, so thank you to all our past, present, and future conservation easement landowners and all of you that help make this effort a reality. Happy Monitoring Season!

-the JHLT Stewardship Team

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