Employment Opportunity: Associate Director of Advancement

The Jackson Hole Land Trust is seeking to fill the position of Associate Director of Advancement.  Please see the job description for details. To apply, email a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

Construction Update: East Pond Crossing

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Rendezvous Park is changing as rapidly as the seasons. In addition to reading this bi-monthly construction update, stop by the park to look over the new additions. Since acquiring the property in 2011, the Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) and the LOR Foundation have helped perform reclamation and groundwork on the plot of land we now call R Park transforming it into a community and wildlife oasis.

Thanks to the LOR Foundation we’ve been able to continue reclamation of the space while keeping the park open and accessible. All park improvements are made possible by the  $1.7 million grant awarded to Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT)  by the LOR Foundation to complete the community’s vision of the park. We are thankful to be able to continue reclamation of these 40 acres of open space for all to enjoy. Find out more about our ongoing construction and reclamation by reading below.

What’s happening this week?

Our dedicated and knowledgeable construction team is currently knee deep in the main R Park pond working towards the completion of a stone pathway connecting the south-east corner of R Park to the Snake River levee. The boulders being used to complete this pathway are massive, making the process of placing them in the pond intensive. The process includes the draining of the pond, which is why the water level may appear much lower than usual upon your visit to R Park during this particular part of our construction phase. The boulder placement also involves the use of heavy machinery, so please exercise caution in the area. Thanks to favorable conditions, the project is rapidly moving forward, and we highly encourage you to go take a peek at R Park’s newest amenity! Once completed, the pathway will feature small gaps between each rock extending to the levee, creating the perfect adventure trail for visitors. During the summer months, hop along the boulders or fish from them for a spectacular view of the Teton range. During the winter, safely traverse from rock to rock to observe the frozen pond and neighboring wetlands from a safe distance.

 

Kiosk Update

As you enter R Park, you will see our most noticeable new amenity: a Welcome Kiosk. The Welcome Kiosk, designed by GYDE Architects, will offer coverage from fall and winter storms. Although mostly complete, the Kiosk is awaiting the installation of signage including a comprehensive R Park Map that will offer trail and usage information to visitors. The area surrounding the Welcome Kiosk is part of a larger welcome pavilion area that will include a covered picnic shelter, restrooms, and a seating area. Please stop by the kiosk to view the on-going construction, but exercise caution around the area.

For updates or questions

As we embark on these next two years, we aim to educate the public about the on-going construction process. Every week to keep R Park visitors and enthusiasts informed we will post a Transformation blog post. If you’d like to receive this update directly to your email inbox, click here.

Receive construction information and related park impacts by connecting with us via EmailTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Be “R” Ambassador 

As we move forward with construction and reclamation of the property, we are always in need of helpful volunteers to guide visitors and act as ambassadors for the patrons of R Park. If you’re interested in volunteering please click here

November E-Newsletter Available Online

Our November e-newsletter is now available online! Learn about our upcoming winter events and our recent projects and partnerships; find out about the newest members of the JHLT team; get a sneak-peek of our upcoming #GivingTuesday campaign; see the gorgeous works of art available from our talented View22 artists; and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Construction Update: R Park Then & Now

Do you know how far R Park has come?

What would this look like without R Park? This 40 acre treasure would still be a private inaccessible gravel pit. Since acquiring the property in 2011, The Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) and The LOR Foundation have collaborated to reclaim the plot of land we now call R Park, transforming it into a community and wildlife oasis.

Thanks to the LOR Foundation we’ve been able to continue reclamation of the space while keeping the park open and accessible. All park improvements are made possible by the  $1.7 million grant awarded to Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT)  by the LOR Foundation to complete the community’s vision of the park. We are thankful to be able to continue reclamation of these 40 acres of open space for all to enjoy while keeping the park open and accessible. Find out more about our ongoing construction and reclamation by reading below.

What’s happening this week?

The boulders have arrived! We are currently working on completing the East Pond Crossing that will connect the South-East corner of R Park to the Snake River levee. This new and unique pathway will continue the stones already in place allowing visitors to hop from stone to stone enjoying a magnificent view of the Tetons. The new path way will open up a new corner of R Park for discovery.

 

Kiosk update

As the first snow quickly approaches, we are excited to be finalizing the elements of the Welcome Kiosk designed by GYDE Architects to provide pertinent information about R Park. Our team has been hard at work selecting the information a visitor might want to know: dog trail access, entrances, and picnic areas. Soon visitors will be able to enter R Park and see a completed kiosk with a map to accurately direct users around the park. Future additions to the welcome pavilion area include a covered picnic shelter, restrooms, and a seating area. Please stop by the kiosk to view the on-going construction, but exercise caution around the area.

 

For updates or questions

As we embark on these next two years, we aim to educate the public about the on-going construction process. Every week to keep R Park visitors and enthusiasts informed we will post a Transformation blog post. If you’d like to receive this update directly to your email inbox, click here.

Receive construction information and related park impacts by connecting with us via EmailTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Be “R” Ambassador 

As we move forward with construction and reclamation of the property, we are always in need of helpful volunteers to guide visitors and act as ambassadors for the patrons of R Park. If you’re interested in volunteering please click here

Employment Opportunity: Conservation Project Manager

The Jackson Hole Land Trust is seeking to fill the position of Conservation Project Manager. Please see the job description for details. To apply, email a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

Construction Update: Dog Loop Complete & Kiosk Takes Shape

Construction at R Park is moving along nicely, and thanks to Orijin Media we’ve got some exceptional aerial images of the park to share.  All park improvements are made possible by the  $1.7 million grant awarded to Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT)  by the LOR Foundation to complete the community’s vision of the park. We are thankful to be able to continue reclamation of these 40 acres of open space for all to enjoy while keeping the park open and accessible. Please scroll down to see the exciting progress we’ve made! 

What’s happening this week?

First up, take in an aerial shot of our new bridges that complete the .91 dog-friendly pathway that loops around the park. These recently completed bridges allow for better access into northern parts of the R Park perimeter that were previously inaccessible. Join us on Thursday, September 21st at 4:30PM for Cocktails & Dog Trails with PAWS of Jackson Hole as we launch this new dog-friendly pathway. Cocktails will be provided and festive attire for pups is encouraged! Stay afterword for the R Park 3rd Anniversary Celebration to enjoy a warm fire and dinner. 

Kiosk update

As Autumn rapidly approaches, we are looking forward to having the Welcome Kiosk complete to offer coverage from fall and winter storms. Our team has been hard at work completing the pouring of concrete and ensuring the foundation for the kiosk is stable. Soon visitors will be able to enter into R Park and see a completed kiosk with a map to accurately direct users around the park. Future additions to the welcome pavilion area include a covered picnic shelter, restrooms, and a seating area. Please stop by the kiosk to view the on-going construction, but exercise caution around the area. 

For updates or questions

As we embark on these next two years, we aim to educate the public about the on-going construction process. Every week to keep R Park visitors and enthusiasts informed we will post a Transformation blog post. If you’d like to receive this update directly to your email inbox, click here.

Receive construction information and related park impacts by connecting with us via EmailTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Be “R” Ambassador 

As we move forward with construction and reclamation of the property, we are always in need of helpful volunteers to guide visitors and act as ambassadors for the patrons of R Park. If you’re interested in volunteering please click here

2017 Early Fall Open Lands Newsletter Available Online


Early Fall 2017: Lenses of Conservation

Our Early Fall Newsletter, “Lenses of Conservation,” is now available online. This installment celebrates the various ways we see conservation at play throughout our daily work. You’ll learn about regional growth, fantastic art projects, and enlivening partnerships, which inspire all of us at the Land Trust to protect this wild and open place.

September E-Newsletter Available Online!

Our September e-newsletter is now available online! Learn about our summer highlights and our recent projects and partnerships; find out about how you can donate to the preservation of open space through Old Bill’s Fun Run; recap the View22: Field Study project; read the recently posted Notes from the Field on Connectivity of the Snake River Watershed; and connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

Construction Update: New Pathways

Things are really shaping up at Rendezvous Park and we are excited to show you the progress. All park improvements are made possible by the  $1.7 million grant awarded to Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT)  by the LOR Foundation to complete the community’s vision of the park.

What’s happening this week?

 

First up, take a peek at these updated pathways which will soon feature accessible bridges currently being constructed along the south end of R Park’s property. The soon-to-be completed bridges run parallel to the bike pathway and will provide relief from these typically flooded trail areas.

Along these newly installed bridges you will be able to explore parts of the park that were relatively inaccessible beforehand. Whereas previously during rain and high water these trails were impassable, now visitors can meander around this secluded area and not have to wade through shallow streams.

For updates or questions

As we embark on these next two years, we aim to provide and educate the public about the on-going construction process. Every week to keep R Park visitors and enthusiasts informed we will post a Transformation blog post. If you’d like to receive this update directly to your email inbox, click here.

Receive construction information and related park impacts by connecting with us via Email, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Be “R” Ambassador 

As we move forward with construction and reclamation of the property, we are always in need of helpful volunteers to guide visitors and act as ambassadors for the patrons of R Park. If you’re interested in volunteering please click here

Help us build for our future- Donate to R Park

While the transformation of Rendezvous Park is ongoing, our progress towards reaching the community vision for the park is clear and measurable. With an impressive 8,000 human visitors in 2016, we’ve also learned that wildlife loves R Park’s reclaimed habitat as elk herds pass through in the colder months and moose happily munch on Cottonwoods and cool off in the ponds during the summer.

 

R Park is a public park that is privately managed and funded. We rely on gifts from supporters like you to help keep the day-to-day operations of the park running smoothly. Please consider donating to R Parkevery gift, large or small, matters.

 

Notes from the Field: Connectivity of the Snake River Watershed

Cool mornings and the sun falling over the western mountains earlier and earlier each night reminds us that the fleeting summer is nearing its end. As the eclipse mania fades in Jackson and the surrounding areas, we can’t help but reminisce about the gorgeous summer days spent on the protected properties throughout the valley. Every single one of our conservation easements has one thing in common: water. Whether situated along the Snake River Riparian Corridor or with views of the Skillet Glacier on Moran, all of the properties we work to conserve rely on water to nourish the dynamic natural communities.

The Snake River and its tributaries trace like arteries throughout our valley. It pumps south, all while being refreshed by the bubbling veins of the Buffalo Fork, the Gros Ventre, Fish Creek and countless other hydrologic capillaries. Just like the heart, our river systems are the lifeblood of our land, providing moisture, habitat, recreation, views and a unique connectivity throughout the landscape. Mountain streams carrying snow melt from deep in the Tetons converge with the Snake that has just passed through open fields of sage and wildflowers, dense forests and ranch lands dotted with cattle and bison alike. No other system in the valley is as dynamic and far reaching as our watershed.

This past winter saw record snowfall amounts that directly impacted the nature of our hydrologic systems by the time spring had arrived. While adventurous rafters and kayakers exulted as the dark, silt-laden waters reached over 30,000 cfs in the canyon, landowners along the Snake River riparian corridor braced for flooding and watched as the high water mark creeped past the willows and into the cottonwood stands. Even behind the levee, back channels and irrigation ditches topped their banks as the system was saturated. Some ranchers rejoiced as they were able to move water to the far reaches of their properties that have been left desiccated and moisture-strapped for many seasons. At the same time, riparian willow and cottonwood communities quietly enjoyed the rising water table and fresh silt deposits. Cottonwood regeneration relies heavily on the introduction of rich, flood-deposits and waits until water rise to release its soft, fluffy seeds which then get trapped by sticky, fresh silt.  High-water seasons like this past spring serve can serve as catalysts for revitalization in riparian zones.

The habitat and resources that the river system provides pump life and productivity into the valley. Ranchers rely on wet meadows for hay production and healthy forage while migrating neotropical songbirds find food sources and excellent cover in the twisted branches of willows and wildflowers. Fishing raptors like osprey and bald eagles patrol the currents for signs of silvery trout while rafters and fishermen find adventure and share these experiences with visitors from all over the world. And while the river continues to beat forward, carving new channels and islands, pushing into new back channels and scouring new pools, it is always providing connectivity. From the ranchers to the rafters, the alpine high-country to the meadows, the songbirds to the soaring eagles, the watershed of the Snake River is the most dynamic force in connecting this community.

-Molly Broom, Stewardship Associate

Photo: Dynamic waterways flowing toward Munger Mountain