Jackson Hole Land Trust 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, as well as coverage from Buckrail on August 15 and the Jackson Hole News & Guide on August 17.

Commercial Use Policy

Rendezvous Park is protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement*  finalized on March 19th, 2015 that is held by the Jackson Hole Land Trust. The park’s nonprofit owner and steward, the Jackson Hole Land Trust, is committed to upholding the easement by which it is governed. In order to do so the following policy exists in regards to commercial use of the park.

NO COMMERCIAL ORGANIZATION SHALL PROFIT FINANCIALLY AT THE TIME OF THEIR USE OF R PARK.

As recorded in the easement, it directly states that the purpose of R Park is “to allow current and future generations of children and adults to enjoy, explore, experience and play in the natural environment…The natural characteristics of the property will be protected and enhanced so people can visit and experience it on an ongoing basis.”

Also included in the easement, it “removes certain residential and commercial uses of the property…” for example the property “…may be neither owned or operated by a for-profit entity and shall be used, maintained and operated exclusively for the benefit of the general public.”

More directly stated, the “construction, location, or operation of any commercial facilities or uses is prohibited,” both temporary and permanent.

If you believe your use of R Park is an exception to this policy, please contact Park Community Outreach Coordinator Ellie Stratton-Brook at (307) 733-3913 or via email.

 

*A conservation easement is an agreement between the land owner and the land trust. As with other real property interests, the grant of conservation easement is recorded in the local land records and becomes part of the chain of title for the property. The restrictions of the easement, once set in place, are perpetual and in accepting the conservation easement, the easement holder has a responsibility to monitor future uses of the land to ensure compliance with the terms of the easement and to enforce the terms if a violation occurs.

 

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.

Memorial for community-loved Jarad Spackman

After years of planning, a memorial for Jarad Spackman will soon be underway at Rendezvous Park. He was a passionate outdoorsman, committed to conservation and loved by many in this community. It is our honor to offer a quiet corner of R Park to his memory.

Upon its completion, we hope you will enjoy the contemplative gathering circle of rocks. To view the Tetons that Jarad so deeply loved, follow the rocks as they transition to stepping-stones that jut into the pond. We know this special place will provide solace for those remembering Jarad, as well as the hundreds of others for whom nature brings warmth and peace.

Thank you for your patience regarding the construction. Contact us or call us at (307) 733-3913 for more information.

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Nat’l Kids’ Fishing Day at R Park

Kids up to 13 year old are invited to “get hooked on fishing” at the 26th annual Kids Fishing Day on Saturday, June 4. Hosted by Wyoming Game and Fish, FREE activities will take place, for the first time, at Rendezvous Park (R Park) in Wilson from 10:30am to 2pm.

Thanks to philanthropic support, the once gravel-pit is being reclaimed into a natural park for the community to enjoy for free. The pit’s main quarry has been transformed into a 450-foot long pond that is fed by the Snake River and then flows into an additional pond.

Jackson Fish Biologist Tracy Stephens said,

A lack of vegetation along the main pond’s edge makes it ideal for beginning anglers who want to test a fly rod.

The pond will be stocked with hundreds of Snake River cutthroat trout and there will be an array of educational activities including:

  • Hands-on pond stocking and fish dissection with biologists to determine their sex.
  • Knot tying, baiting, casting, handling, and cleaning.
  • Identifying different types of fish, their food (aquatic insects), stream habitat, and invasive species.
  • Each child will receive a personalized certificate a goody bag.

R Park is a gathering place for people of all ages to enjoy and appreciate nature. Hosting this longtime event that brings families together and keeps alive a pastime deeply rooted in our country’s history embodies what R Park is all about,

said Hal Hutchinson, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy board member.

The 40-acre park is owned, operated, and maintained by the nonprofit, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy. Located at 4270 River Springs Drive in Wilson, at the intersection of Highway 22 and the Teton-Village Road. We recommend you use alternative forms of transportation to attend, such as START Bus or the community pathway system.

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2016 Summer Solstice

On June 20th join millions of people across the world in honoring the beginning of summer, marked by the longest day of the year. Festivities will be held at the annual R Park Solstice Celebration from 5 to 8 pm, hosted by its nonprofit owner and steward, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy (RLC).

True to R Park’s Solstice style, live music, local food and beverages, and lawn games will be provided. Unique to this year, the celebration will feature FoundSpace by the Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) in partnership with Jackson Hole Public Art (JHPA). Local artists will engage the community to create temporary art installations composed of treasures collected from JHLT conservation easement-protected properties.

R Park’s creation began with the Land Trust, yet it has matured on its own into a wonderful, natural community gathering place

said Laurie Andrews, RLC board chair and Land Trust executive director. She continued,

It is the perfect hub to celebrate the Summer Solstice and both organizations are excited for the culmination of FoundSpace to take place at this vibrant park, on this special day.

R Park’s history runs deep through the veins of the Jackson Hole community. The once gravel-pit was purchased in part by the JHLT who now holds its conservation easement. As a resource for the community, public input shaped the 40-acres. Now, RLC has opened R Park to the public thanks to ongoing donations from those who envisioned its potential years ago and those who appreciate all it is becoming.

Veronica Silberberg, R Park Advisory Board member and Center of Wonder Cofounder said,

This collaboration exemplifies the transformative power of creativity, especially when coupled with the outdoors.

In addition to the family-friendly fun, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival’s free iPhone app, Site: R Park, will be projected in places of wonder, adding aural texture to the area’s natural sounds. And, the temporary installations will reside in and decorate R Park throughout the summer.

From 5 – 8 pm bring your family and friends, picnic blankets and water bottles, and creativity. Also bring a few dollars for $1 Café Genevieve beef sliders or mac & cheese. Located conveniently in our valley, please utilize alternative forms of transportation. Friends of Pathways will provide a bike valet so you can enjoy our community pathways on your way to and from the party.

See who else is celebrating via our Facebook event.

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Earth Day at R Park

On April 22nd, 2016 R Park celebrated Earth Day in partnership with Jackson, Wyoming’s Journeys School. Fifteen of their high schoolers showed up with work gloves ready to work and “liberate the trees” as one of them explained.

While reclaiming the former gravel-pit into a natural park its nonprofit owner and steward, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy, has planted grasses, wetlands, shrubs, and tree groves. To protect the saplings from moose and beavers fencing was essential.

After having removed almost 100 yards of fence one of the volunteers concluded,

I feel accomplished…working on something like this. It sounds kind of cliche, but it’s really true.

Many thanks to the Journeys School for their hard work! The Journeys School is an independent school that integrates ecology, culture and community for Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students in a college preparatory setting.

We seek volunteers to help in ways that are meaningful and rewarding to them—install and repair signs, maintain trails, and/or pull the weeds. You can also visit R Park on a regular basis to serve as an informal ambassador. There are many options, so please let us know if you’re interested.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, RLC’s work is made possible thanks to support and donations. We hope you’ll consider making a gift today by check and sent via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or by credit card online.