Happy Thanksgiving from the Jackson Hole Land Trust!

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“Joys come from the simple and natural things; mist over meadows, sunlight on leaves, the path of the moon over water. Even rain and wind and stormy clouds bring joy.” -Sigurd F. Olson

In this season of thanks, we are grateful for the simple and the natural things. Joy comes in all shapes and sizes in Wyoming, from the smallest quaking aspen leaf to the biggest bull moose. Thank you for finding joy in the simple things and for your commitment to keeping the land open and natural.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Jackson Hole Land Trust!

Photograph by Sam Parks

2016 Fall/Winter Open Lands Newsletter Available Online!

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Fall/Winter 2016: Reaching New Heights

Our Fall/Winter Open Lands Newsletter, “Reaching New Heights,” is now available online! This installment celebrates the connections between our hardworking community and the Jackson Hole Land Trust. Find out more about the results from the recent ‘Community Assessment,’ dive into our recent exciting announcement of the new Green River Valley Program, explore a recap of the creativity we saw in this summer’s View22 and FoundSpace projects, take a moment to remember the late Howard Stirn of R Lazy S Ranch, and read a message from the Chair of the Board.

Winter Solstice Celebration

December 21st, the Winter Solstice, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year, often considered the “extreme of winter.” Worldwide, interpretation of the event varies across cultures. Many come together to recognize rebirth involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals, and more.

In Jackson Hole, annual festivities are held at Rendezvous Park. Bring your family and friends anytime between from 5–8 pm. It will be a magical night not to miss! Please RSVP to Park Director Elisabeth Rohrbach at elisabeth@rpark.org or (307) 733-3913.

 

This year, Cathedral Voices Choir will sing carols around a bonfire and Wyoming Stargazing will show you the planets up close with their telescopes. There will also be a special seasonal glow installation provided by Jackson Hole Public Art.

There will also be warm drinks, chili, and of course sledding!

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, RLC’s work is made possible thanks to support and donations. It would be a pleasure to share more information about our work. Please contact us with any questions.

Donations can be made by check and sent via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or by credit card online. For up-to-date information visit our blog and sign-up for our monthly eNewsletter.

Welcome to our new Program Directors!

Join us in welcoming the two newest members of the Jackson Hole Land Trust team!

 

Butch Parks
Wind River Program Director

Butch joined the Land Trust in 2016. Originally from Houston, Texas, Butch graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology after serving in the Marine Corps. In 1982, his passion for nature brought him to Fremont County and he became attached to the Wyoming landscape for life.

Butch has a diverse background in business ownership and management including ranching, aviation, veterinary medicine, construction, renewable energy, and real estate. Most recently Butch served as the Commercial Property Manager for State Lands and then as the Land Administration Supervisor for Wyoming Game and Fish. Butch holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Flight Instructor Certificate, and is a licensed Real Estate Broker.

His greatest love is sharing his life with his wife, Sandy, and following the lives of his four children. Butch enjoys sports, hiking, biking, skiing, wildlife viewing, and exploring the world. Working for the Land Trust to conserve the wonders of the Greater Yellowstone is Butch’s dream job. Butch is officially working at the Wind River Program office at 202 East Ramshorn Street in Dubois and can be reached via email at butch@jhlandtrust.org.

Read more about the Wind River Program here and the recent press release on Butch here.

 

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Mindi Crabb
Green River Valley Program Director

Mindi Crabb joined the JHLT team in October 2016 with the merger of the Green River Valley Land Trust.

Mindi served as the Executive Director of the Green River Valley Land Trust for three years, guiding the organization through a rebuilding effort and the transition to our Green River Valley Program. She has successfully rekindled relationships with the organization’s founders, donors, landowners and the community. Mindi has an extensive background and experience in small business consulting and non-profit management.

Mindi grew up in the tourism and hospitality industry in Alaska, with Denali National Park’s amazing scenery and abundant wildlife in her back yard. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Hotel & Restaurant Management from Oregon State University. Mindi is very active in Sublette County, volunteering for many community activities. She enjoys photography, horseback riding, fly fishing, biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing, all with her dog Cora. Mindi is officially working at the Green River Valley Program office at 7 West Pine Street in Pinedale and can be reached via email at mindi@jhlandtrust.org.

Learn more about the Green River Valley Program and the recent merger of JHLT and GRVLT here.

R Park Parking

The next time you’re on the Teton Village Road look for an eye-catching sign. Hanging from 21-feet tall timbers is Rendezvous Park’s main entrance.

Along the community pathway system, at 4270 River Springs Drive in Wilson, R Park is accessible by many alternative forms of transportation including by bike, cross-country skis, rollerblades, START Bus, boat via the Wilson Boat ramp, and more!

And, just past this towering sign, R Park has an accessible vehicle turnaround that leads to the heart of the park – the swimming pond. After kayaks and kids unload from the car, visitors can utilize the safe parking area that is surrounded by towering cottonwoods.

While we encourage alternative methods of transportation, if you choose to drive, we invite you to use one of our almost 30 parking  spots.

 

As the park’s transformation from a gravel-pit continues, there will be a welcome plaza providing visitors with a sense of arrival and gathering place. Designed by Gilday Architects PC, the main kiosk, restrooms, and signage will help complete the community’s vision for what this once gravel-pit could become.

Made possible by generous support and donations from the community our fundraising efforts are crucial and ongoing. To make our conservation work a reality, mail donations by check via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or make a gift by credit card online.

 

 

August E-Newsletter Available Online!

Our August Field Notes e-newsletter is available online! In this issue, you can read a message from our Executive Director; about the upcoming Old Bill’s Fun Run and other exciting late summer events; a recap on View22: Open Studio; a synopsis of the Annual Picnic and Teton Food Tour; the announcement of the Green River Valley Program; the Executive Summary of the Community Assessment; and a welcome to one of our new Open Space Council members: Bobby Thomson.

Executive Summary of Flitner Strategies Community Assessment now available!

In 2011, the Jackson Hole Land Trust partnered with Flitner Strategies for a community assessment focused on measuring awareness of our organization and our work in the community. The information stimulated the launch of our Forever Our Valley campaign, which strategically aimed to raise recognition and visibility for JHLT and educate the community about our conservation work.

Fast-forward to spring of 2016, when we wanted to measure the effectiveness of the Forever Our Valley campaign and to identify the priorities of the community and our work’s relevance to the community. What unfolds is the following assessment, which provides us with a better understanding of the next steps we at the Land Trust need to take in order to better communicate, educate, and engage with residents and visitors of Jackson.

Read the full analysis here.

 

KHOL 89.1 interview with Laurie Andrews

On Tuesday, August 16, 2016, Jackson Hole Land Trust’s Executive Director Laurie Andrews spoke with KHOL 89.1 regarding the recent announcement of JHLT’s unification with Green River Valley Land Trust. The newly formed Green River Valley Program will guarantee sustainable stewardship of 58 easements totaling 32,000 acres in perpetuity. “Sublette County is just a jewel as far as wildlife and agricultural lands,” says Laurie Andrews. Officially launching on October 1st, the Green River Valley Program of the Jackson Hole Land Trust will “make certain that [the preserved land] has a secure future.”

You can listen to the full interview here: https://soundcloud.com/891fmkhol/khol-jh-land-trust-takes-on-32000-acres-in-sublette-county.

JHLT unites with the Green River Valley Land Trust!

Jackson Hole Land Trust is proud to announce that we will be accepting a transfer of 58 easements totaling 32,000 acres from the Green River Valley Land Trust. The easements will be held by the Jackson Hole Land Trust under the organization’s new Green River Valley Program, protecting the future of Sublette County’s open spaces, ranching lands, and wildlife habitat. The Green River Valley Program will guarantee sustainable stewardship of important conservation lands and will allow for additional opportunities for preservation of our greater region. The incorporation of the Green River Valley Land Trust into Jackson Hole Land Trust’s Green River Valley Program will begin on October 1, 2016.

Read the full Press Release for more information.

 

View22: Open Studio

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The Jackson Hole Land Trust is excited to announce the fourth year of the View22 Project, which once again unites art and conservation with local artists creating place-based art on JHLT protected properties to raise awareness of the importance of open space protection.

The concept for 2016 – View22: Open Studio – is an exploration of Jackson Hole Land Trust properties that are open to the public and/or access friendly for artists as well as others to enjoy and experience. 20 local artists will be creating one or two pieces from the 13 designated locations depicted above and will share their experiences painting on conservation land through stories and photos on our interactive View22 blog.

The project will culminate with a final exhibit and art sale at the Land Trust’s 36th Annual Picnic on August 14th. 30% of proceeds will be donated by the artists in support of the Jackson Hole Land Trust. For inquiries regarding art sales, please contact Roxy Pierson at roxanne@jhlandtrust.org or 307.733.4707.

Read the full press release here.