Pamela Gibson: Jenkins Ranch

I was delighted today to sit down with Mike Wardell on the Jenkins Ranch in the home he has lived in since he was 2. He was so kind to take me through the history of the Jenkins Ranch, and I came away so grateful that the Jenkins Family had the foresight to conserve much of that ranch. They were among the first in the Valley to do so.

For seven years I have been exiting my own neighborhood not realizing the ranch is directly across Boyle’s Hill Road. Today I had permission to proceed through the Do Not Trespass signage onto the immaculate one lane gravel road that bends through the Ranch. What I noticed especially were the very large conifers intertwined with the cottonwoods-very different from the mostly sage and cottonwoods just across the road in my neighborhood. These did not come from the local nursery, but have been growing for decades.

Interspersed among the towering trees were very large open spaces. Mike explained to me that the ranch is ideal for the 500 strong elk herd that comes and goes. He told me every mammal and bird except beavers find a home on the ranch.

The ranch was originally 1100 acres, including Ely Springs and The Dairy. Now it consists of 400 acres, all conserved by the Jackson Hole Land Trust. Mike has been very active in the JHLT over the years, following the legacy of his family. He regaled me with stories of his grandfather driving stagecoaches in Yellowstone early on, still riding at the age of 80 and living until he was 97. I was grateful to be able to have Mike take me through the amazing photos he has documenting the history of the ranch and of his family.

The ranch has been stewarded by this family since 1938. The road, the garden and the footbridge to the house are all carefully tended. As I looked through the front window of this beautiful old home, I saw the Tetons watching over above the trees. This is the legacy of Jenkins Ranch, and because of this stewardship and generosity, this land will remain open in perpetuity.

JHLT moves into new permanent office space

The Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) announced today that the organization has moved into a new permanent office space at 690 S Highway 89, Suite 101, as of November 1. Since fall 2013, the JHLT has occupied 185 East Hansen Avenue, a historic building dating back to the 1920s, owned and managed by the Lockhart Family.

Read the full press release, here.

Fall/Winter Open Lands Newsletter available online

The most recent installment of our biannual newsletter, Open Lands, is now available online.

Read about our accomplishments this summer, new programming, an interview with Joe Riis, a spotlight on the importance of private land protection, and much, much more.

Catch a glimpse before it hits newsstands, here.

Susan Rose: Karns Meadow

WyoView: Four Seasons is a year-long study of Jackson Hole Land Trust Properties. I am one of 19 artists that have each been given the opportunity to visit designated sites throughout the year and submit four works of art to an exhibit that will take place on December 13, 2018.

Forming a deep connection to the conservation land, I aim to portray the changes and cycles that take place on the landscape throughout the year. The property I am studying is Karns Meadow Park in Jackson, Wyoming.

The first painting I have completed represents the Spring season. The best way for me to understand a property is to visit it at different times of the day. I try to understand the different aspects of the meadow and see if I can incorporate those aspects into a single image. I find when I try to seek the essence of that scene I do better with a painting. One way to simplify what I see is to compose a Haiku poem. It helps me to find words that convey meaning and I can translate that meaning visually. Below is the Haiku poem I wrote for Spring and the 9” x 12” painting I completed.

Fresh snow covers blue hills
while lush greens sculpt valley floors.
The earth laughs with life.

Elizabeth Cogburn: Munger Mountain

I was able to tour the Munger Mountain property with Turner Resor earlier this summer. We went up on Munger to have a beautiful view of the valley. I was able to work on some sketches at this lookout point. My photos from this day show the sketches that I am working on. It was especially pretty seeing all the different shades of green, which will change more to golden colors as the summer progresses.

We’ve moved!

We have officially moved into our new permanent office space at 690 S Highway 89, Suite 101.

Although we loved our historic home at 185 E Hansen, our 17 full-time and 5 part-time staff quickly outgrew the space. Please update your records and swing by to say hello!

You can find the full press release detailing our move, here.