Save Genevieve Campaign Garners Broad Community Support

The partners of the Save Genevieve campaign are excited to announce that the community responded with enthusiasm and generosity to the project plan presented to them at the Save Genevieve neighborhood meeting and block party on the evening of Friday, April 26th. When an anonymous donor offered to contribute $100,000 if 100 people stepped up to donate on the day of the event, 335 community members rose to the challenge, donating just over $240,000 to the Save Genevieve campaign on Friday alone.

We still have a long way to go. Show your support at SaveGenevieve.org.

Read the full press release here.

Collaborative solution introduced for the Genevieve Block preservation

A group of local citizens and nonprofit organizations are working diligently to protect the Genevieve Block. With just four months to raise $7 million, project partners are hoping to save an emblem of historical preservation and community character in the heart of downtown Jackson. Please visit SaveGenevieve.org to stay up-to-date on project details and announcements.

Read the full press release, here.

Genevieve Block Project

For project details, fundraising timeline, and to stay up-to-date on announcements, visit the Genevieve Block Project website.

Read the cover article from the Jackson Hole News & Guide, here.

Learn the call-to-action and project partners in the editorial section’s guest shot from April 17, 2019, here.

Protection Update: Wapiti Junction

The Green River Valley Program of the Jackson Hole Land Trust completed our first conservation easement since the GRVLT/JHLT merger.

The Wapiti Junction Conservation Easement protects two parcels totaling about 40 acres in the Hoback Ranches subdivision, located north of the Hoback Rim about 4 miles from Bondurant. This easement, donated by Bob Hover, provides crucial habitat for moose and elk, as well as seasonal habitat for mule deer.

While the property was tragically completely burned during last year’s Roosevelt Fire, the conservation values of the open space are intact. The fire reclamation process will provide opportunities for the Land Trust to gather valuable data while monitoring and studying the vegetative succession.

We are grateful to Mr. Hover for this generous conservation donation and we look forward to partnering with him on the property’s recovery and redevelopment process.

Employment Opportunity: R Park Ambassador

The Jackson Hole Land Trust and R Park are currently hiring for the position of R Park Ambassador. For more information, see the job description.

To apply please email a resume and short cover letter describing how your previous experiences will help you promote the park as an ambassador and what makes R Park special to jr@jhlandtrust.org with the subject line “R Park Ambassador – (First, Last Name)”.

Landowner Spotlight

Private landowners are critical pieces in Northwest Wyoming’s conservation puzzle. Easement-holding landowners are essential to our work.

We are excited to share their stories with you through this series, highlighting one of our landowner partners each quarter to learn more about what conservation and open spaces mean to them and their families.

This spotlight features the Young Family, owners of the 105-acre Feuz Ranch, protected since 2004, located in Buffalo Valley, Wyoming.

In 1910, Chris Young’s family established a homestead in the area, and in the 1930’s her father purchased the ranch in Buffalo Valley that Chris was raised on and the Young’s now operate. With her grandchildren growing up in the same house that she did, Chris finds great satisfaction teaching another generation how to work the land. The Youngs also have grandkids that live most of the year in Cody, Wyoming, and spend their summers in Buffalo Valley to help with the ranch.

As they graze livestock, cut hay, flood irrigate, fix fence, and control weeds on nearly 1200 acres between their family’s property and the Hatchet Ranch, there is always plenty of work for everyone. Many local producers have moved away from raising cow-calf pairs due to the long hours and nights involved with the spring calving, but the Youngs still persist with this practice, just as they do through these seemingly endless winters. While others lose the horizon in the blowing snow, the Youngs remain steady.

While Chris and Jerome work hard to keep life the way it has been for years, they do notice some changes in Buffalo Valley. The noxious weed situation has become much worse and requires a lot of work to keep in check. She also notes that the past decade has seen increased pressure from wolves during calving season in the spring. In order to reduce predation on the new calves, they have a camper out in the calving pasture and Jerome camps out with the birthing cows to ward off un-welcome wildlife.

To help protect the open lands, rich wildlife habitat, and agricultural heritage of the Feuz Ranch, the Jackson Hole Land Trust purchased a conservation easement from the Youngs in 2004. We would like to extend a hearty thanks to Chris and Jerome and their family for their tireless stewardship of the extraordinary working landscape that is the Buffalo Valley.

See Feuz on our interactive map.